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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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Pfizer, Inc. - $27,627.47 spent on 11 trips
97.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
2.1% spent on Republican Party

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
January 30, 2004 - February 3, 2004 (5 days)
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico
Purpose - Caribbean summit meeting on HIV/AIDS
Total Cost - $2,532.39

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
February 8, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - speaker for Pfizer corporate planning meeting
Total Cost - $1,886.30

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
February 8, 2004 - February 10, 2004 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA - Miami, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,310.15

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 30, 2000 - September 2, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY - Groton, CT
Purpose - To meet with Pfizer Executives and tour the Pfizer Global Research & Development Center
Total Cost - $5,233.54

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 30, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speaking to group of Pfizer executives - public policy
Total Cost - $1,929.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 28, 2002 - September 1, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speak to senior executives
Total Cost - $3,433.72

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 31, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meet with Pfizer executives
Total Cost - $764.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
February 6, 2004 - February 8, 2004 (3 days)
Wellington, FL
Purpose - To discuss the Medical Centers goals and concerns regarding Senate's new health care incentives
Total Cost - $1,515.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
October 17, 2002 - October 18, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Pfizer Medical Futures Forum - Speech
Total Cost - $569.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 2, 2004 - September 5, 2004 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To address Senior Executives of Pfizer at their monthly board meeting - Attended luncheon and dinner meetings.
Total Cost - $1,717.71

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