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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

    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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Christopher Reynolds Foundation - $16,981.75 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Educational Fact Finding
Total Cost - $1,971.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba - San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of the Cuban embargo
Total Cost - $1,863.78

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Access the impact of the food and medicine embargo on the Cuban people with a particular focus on the Afro-Cuban population
Total Cost - $2,264.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,648.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Congressional Black Congress trip to Cuba
Total Cost - $1,329.23

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visited constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $1,350.73

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visit constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 31, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Cuba business fact finding
Total Cost - $1,298.26

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 6, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba - Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Explore first hand the issues currently facing the people of Cuba. An opportunity to foster a more pragmatic approach towards dealing with the Cuban government and finding constructive solutions to US/Cuba policy concerns.
Total Cost - $1,555.29

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