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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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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

Back to all reports

Microsoft - $129,889.42 spent on 25 trips
95.4% spent on Democratic Party
3.7% spent on Independent Party
0.8% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

BOSWELL, LEONARD L - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Total Cost - $7,024.36

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft executives regarding intellectual property tour changes on the congressional agenda
Total Cost - $1,750.00

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $4,867.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 15, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (3 days)
Not specified
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose -
Total Cost - $4,602.50

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Technology tour in California
Total Cost - $4,867.00

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - fact finding trip to see first hand Starbucks Corp and Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Total Cost - $2,970.16

DAVIS, LINCOLN EDWARD - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Meeting with technology industry leaders, briefing on current issues
Total Cost - $6,790.68

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 13, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - to do a plant tour of Microsoft facility and meet with CEO of Starbucks
Total Cost - $2,019.79

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - CBC Tech Summit
Total Cost - $747.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Hi-tech tour for CBC hosted by Rep. Johnson
Total Cost - $9,425.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,594.00

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - legislative study and fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,833.18

MCINTYRE, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - educational trip regarding high-tech issues as related to official duties
Total Cost - $6,176.00

MEEK, CARRIE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - participate in technology briefing
Total Cost - $4,602.50

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional briefing/Microsoft Campus Visit for Members of the Blue Dog Coalition
Total Cost - $2,405.19

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Redmond, WA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,610.43

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $4,771.00

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour of facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
July 27, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - meetings and fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,598.43

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - to attend technology presentations & tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,203.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
June 11, 2004 - June 14, 2004 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - speech and meet with executives of Microsoft Corporation and Real Networks
Total Cost - $1,058.20

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft meeting on elements of upcoming telecommunications law reform
Total Cost - $1,370.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Faith and Politics Institute, Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Daimler Chrysler, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trust, National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Total Cost - $989.00

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

    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