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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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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

United States Telecom Association - $32,134.17 spent on 14 trips
30.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
69.1% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
October 12, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend a dinner with the United States Telecom Association Board Members and speak to the USTA General Session Meeting
Total Cost - $1,974.41

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - Leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $758.00

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Indian Wells, CA
Purpose - Speech to conference on legislation stimulating broadband deployment
Total Cost - $850.00

FOSSELLA, VITO MR - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (4 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Fact finding - telecom issues
Total Cost - $2,083.30

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Educational - Telecom policy
Total Cost - $1,724.00

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
March 17, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker
Total Cost - $2,576.89

LAZIO, RICK - Republican Party
February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - keynote presentation on current telecom issues in congress
Total Cost - $3,168.00

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $5,633.00

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (2 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - to speak at USTA Telco Leadership Roundtable
Total Cost - $340.90

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
February 19, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $938.17

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (4 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $841.50

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - to address the USTA conference
Total Cost - $5,258.03

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Speech at the USTA conference - telecommunications leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $4,263.97

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Educational - Telecom Policy
Total Cost - $1,724.00

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