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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.

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  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.

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Vail Valley Foundation - $49,826.00 spent on 8 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 21, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - World Forum
Total Cost - $900.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 19, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (4 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - 2003 World Forum
Total Cost - $954.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Avon, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - panel discussions
Total Cost - $2,710.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - Participate in AEI World Forum panel discussion
Total Cost - $5,697.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - Moderator in group discussions for the 2004 AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $3,210.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Avon, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - Panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,210.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - Moderator in group discussions for the 24th annual AEI World Forum
Total Cost - $5,183.00

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Beaver Creek, CO
Co-sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Total Cost - $27,962.00

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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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.