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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.

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  • 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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US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Turkey - $122,397.98 spent on 33 trips
41.9% spent on Democratic Party
4.1% spent on Independent Party
54.1% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $3,646.40

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
March 26, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (3 days)
Germany
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,192.50

DANNER, PAT - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual Congress-Bundentag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,847.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,662.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,046.31

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $2,633.60

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,611.50

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,139.00

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - To attend the 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,227.74

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - 18th Annual Congress-Bundestag Exchange Seminar
Total Cost - $2,128.37

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,835.50

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy
Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $5,104.91

LAFALCE, JOHN J - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,606.00

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - attend Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $807.60

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,011.40

MATHESON, JIM MR - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congressional Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

PICKETT, OWEN B - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $1,290.00

ROMERO-BARCELO, CARLOS - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $4,600.40

ROSS, MICHAEL A - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual congress-Budentag seminar
Total Cost - $7,165.64

SLAUGHTER, LOUISE M - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual congress - Bundetag Seminar
Total Cost - $704.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 15, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (2 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Attend 20th Annual Congress Berndestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,065.00

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,555.20

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GERLACH, JIM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives, and EU and NATO officials to discuss the US - German relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN
Purpose - Meeting of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a parliamentary exchange program between US Congressional and German Government leaders
Total Cost - $2,401.30

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of mutual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace process and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $7,091.98

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Twin Cities, MN
Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Total Cost - $1,179.25

DEAL, NATHAN - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of manual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace processes and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

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