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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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German Marshall Fund - $110,197.21 spent on 15 trips
42.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
57.3% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
November 29, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (2 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Heidelburg, Germany
Purpose - Speech to electronic commerce forum on Internet related issues on the US agenda
Total Cost - $3,850.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Participation in Ebusiness and Policy Forum
Total Cost - $7,779.00

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Munich, Germany
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $8,338.90

SMITH, ADAM - Democratic Party
March 28, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Bangkok, Thailand - Nagoya, Japan
Purpose - Congressional trade and development study tour. The Trade and Poverty forum mobilizes political will and economic resources in the global fight against poverty.
Total Cost - $10,205.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Nagoya, Japan
Co-sponsor(s): Aspen Institute
Purpose - To participate in US-China relations conference (China), to participate in trade & poverty forum (Japan)
Total Cost - $11,852.95

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 13, 2004 (5 days)
Key Largo, FL
Purpose - Meeting of the Congress - Bundestag Forum, a program for members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress to improve dialogue and cooperation
Total Cost - $2,175.55

BURGESS, MICHAEL C DR - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Meeting with the German Parliament - Bundestag
Total Cost - $2,435.50

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
December 9, 2004 - December 11, 2004 (3 days)
Key Largo, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
July 2, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Elmau, Germany
Purpose - To improve dialogue and cooperation between members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress and to gain additional insight into German politics and policy
Total Cost - $15,982.24

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - Parliamentary exchange with Members of the German Bundestag with Members of Congress
Total Cost - $15,179.44

SCHULTZ, DEBBIE WASSERMAN - Democratic Party
July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Co-sponsor(s): Robert Bosch Stiftung
Purpose - Congressional trip to Congress Bundestag Forum 2005
Total Cost - $16,204.43

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - London, England - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - Bring together elected members of Congress & German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting US & Europe; to develop informal connections w/colleagues
Total Cost - $8,990.68

TURNER, MIKE - Republican Party
July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - To bring together young influential members of the US Congress and the German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting the US and Europe and to build informal connections with colleagues.
Total Cost - $7,203.52

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