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teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball

American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball

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AFL-CIO Community Services Program - $20,029.34 spent on 19 trips
95.1% spent on Democratic Party
4.9% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - Democratic Party
August 20, 2000 - August 21, 2000 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $491.74

ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - Democratic Party
June 19, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $688.07

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 11, 2001 - February 14, 2001 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,568.22

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement, conference participant
Total Cost - $2,177.51

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (2 days)
Falmouth, MA
Purpose - Speech at conference
Total Cost - $230.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
March 9, 2004 - March 11, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - participate in annual meetings
Total Cost - $1,270.90

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 14, 2003 - January 15, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Co-sponsor(s): National Organization of Legal Service Workers, United Auto Workers
Purpose - speech to National Organization of Legal Service Workers
Total Cost - $321.14

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 6, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL - Miami, FL
Purpose - speak at winter executive committee meeting
Total Cost - $1,999.40

MILLER, GEORGE - Democratic Party
February 12, 2001 - February 13, 2001 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaker at AFL-CIO Executive Council Winter Meeting
Total Cost - $1,723.22

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
February 22, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - speak at the executive committee meeting of TTD
Total Cost - $687.83

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 9, 2001 - February 9, 2001 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $216.50

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 14, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Participant in leadership panel to discuss Census 2000, HIV/AIDS in the African community, and issues of black farmers; participant in Martin Luther King commemoration activities
Total Cost - $2,552.92

KUCINICH, DENNIS J - Democratic Party
January 29, 2005 - January 31, 2005 (3 days)
Tacoma, WA
Co-sponsor(s): America In Solidarity
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $983.79

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
February 28, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attended Council Meeting regarding Labor issues on behalf of the Hispanic Caucus as Chairwoman
Total Cost - $823.60

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
August 11, 2004 - August 11, 2004 (1 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Legislative keynote - AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting
Total Cost - $325.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 25, 2004 - June 26, 2004 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - AFL-CIO Legislative Conference - Legislative update keynote
Total Cost - $647.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
June 14, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (1 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - Speak at immigration rally
Total Cost - $562.50

KENNEDY, EDWARD MOORE - Democratic Party
July 25, 2005 - July 25, 2005 (1 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Remarks/speech
Total Cost - $1,760.00

American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball