One episode of Dateline that follows a year in the life of a middle school teacher who joins Teach for America in Atlanta

NBC’s Dateline team gained remarkable access to an inner-city middle school in Atlanta to explore that national issue of No Child Left Behind. The focus is on Monica Groves, a graduate of the University of Virginia and a rookie with the Teach for America program. As the documentary team follows this gifted young teacher throughout the year, all the issues of urban education are laid out - commitment, heartache, lack of resources and the power of teachers to change lives. Correspondent Hoda Kotb’s sensitive interviewing illuminates the emotional stories of Ms. Groves and three key students who are the center of this hour-long program. The result is a thoroughly engrossing broadcast that captures the challenge of educating American children.

Hoda Kotb, correspondent; Izhar Harpaz, Shayla Harris, producers; Ellen Mason, senior producer; Deanna DiMuro, Serene Fang, Henning Fog, Sarah Gregory, associate producers; Tyrone Edwards, Mike Epstein, Roger Herr, Gilberto Nobrega, Fred Schuh, camera; Francisco Bido; editor; Liz Cole, executive director; David Corvo, executive producer; Steve Capus, president, NBC News

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