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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

    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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Connell Company - $28,993.41 spent on 26 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
September 18, 2000 - September 18, 2000 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Speaker at seminar
Total Cost - $579.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
May 20, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - participated in seminar
Total Cost - $469.50

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
July 21, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Participate in seminar
Total Cost - $316.00

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
May 5, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - Speech to employees of The Connell Company
Total Cost - $430.00

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
July 17, 2000 - July 17, 2000 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $479.50

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
May 1, 2000 - May 2, 2000 (2 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - luncheon seminar
Total Cost - $450.00

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
April 17, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - To participate in seminar series
Total Cost - $83.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Legislative update to company employees.
Total Cost - $342.50

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
January 8, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,412.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,528.50

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
March 2, 2004 - March 2, 2004 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,558.70

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
July 9, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Co-sponsor(s): American International Group
Purpose - To make two speeches on U.S. Trade Agenda before House Ways & Means Committee
Total Cost - $513.34

KENNEDY, PATRICK J - Democratic Party
May 28, 2003 - May 28, 2003 (1 days)
NJ
Purpose - Legislative luncheon
Total Cost - $900.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 9, 2000 (1 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $511.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
April 30, 2003 - April 30, 2003 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $563.50

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 23, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose -
Total Cost - $568.70

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 8, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (4 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - To speak about current legislative issues/addressing a group of executives at the Connell Company
Total Cost - $3,050.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 7, 2001 - September 9, 2001 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - address a group of Connell Group executives on a variety of political issues
Total Cost - $3,184.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - Participation in seminar series on the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $1,677.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 5, 2003 - September 7, 2003 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meeting with the president of the Connell Company
Total Cost - $2,516.44

DORGAN, BYRON L - Democratic Party
March 12, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Address employees of Connell Company about current legislative events in Congress at company meeting
Total Cost - $993.00

JOHNSON, TIM - Democratic Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Speaking engagement for the Connell Company's seminar series on the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $570.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 10, 2004 - September 13, 2004 (4 days)
NJ
Purpose - Attended luncheon to address Senior Executives
Total Cost - $2,466.13

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 6, 2005 - May 6, 2005 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a seminar entitled "The 109th Congress" and provide updated information on legislative activities in foreign trade, taxes, and the economy.
Total Cost - $831.60

HASTINGS, ALCEE L - Democratic Party
July 16, 2004 - July 17, 2004 (2 days)
Rahway, NJ
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

MCNULTY, MICHAEL R - Democratic Party
April 27, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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