Disrepair — such as this floor in the gym of Noble Elementary-Middle School in Detroit — and other problems have prompted the teachers' "sickout" protests. Courtesy of Detroit Federation of Teachers hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Detroit Federation of Teachers

Tiffany Anderson is credited with turning around the school system in Jennings, Mo. Bill MacDonald/Courtesy of Tiffany Anderson hide caption

toggle caption Bill MacDonald/Courtesy of Tiffany Anderson

Oliver Elementary School in Birgmingham, Ala., where Ann Marie Corgill taught until Friday. The recent Alabama Teacher of the Year says she quit her job after being told she wasn't highly qualified to teach fifth grade. Google Maps hide caption

toggle caption Google Maps

Teachers walk the picket line outside Garfield High School in Seattle, Wash., last week. They're going back to work on the strength of a tentative contract agreement. Matt Mills McKnight/Reuters /Landov hide caption

toggle caption Matt Mills McKnight/Reuters /Landov

Sam Venable teaches music at Langston Hughes Elementary in New Orleans. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

toggle caption LA Johnson/NPR

NPR Ed

Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher: How One New Orleans Man Fosters Greatness

For struggling students, music can often be what keeps them going. The same is true for this New Orleans band director.

Listen Loading… 4:19
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/413651923/414374901" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Teachers are incorporating mobile technology and a digital sensibility into classroom lessons with assignments such as this one: to caption a historical photograph for teacher Nicholas Ferroni's high school history class in Union, N.J. Courtesy of Nicholas Ferroni hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Nicholas Ferroni
iStockphoto

Dale Irby in 1973 (left) when his streak began, and in 2012, when the last of his 40 wonderful school photos was taken. Courtesy of Dale Irby and The Dallas Morning News hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Dale Irby and The Dallas Morning News

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor