The Friday Five is Teach For America's weekly roundup of education news, stories, and links that made us think. 

The Friday Five is Teach For America's weekly roundup of education news, stories, and links that made us think. 

The Friday Five is Teach For America's weekly roundup of education news, stories, and links that made us think. 

The Friday Five is Teach For America's weekly roundup of education news, stories, and links that made us think. 

The Friday Five is Teach For America's weekly roundup of education news, stories, and links that made us think. 

A young student's kind words about his school principal helped one school raise almost 1 million dollars after the student was photographed for the popular Humans of New York photoblog.

The Friday Five is Teach For America's weekly roundup of education news, stories, and links that made us think. 

With teacher tenure coming under attack in some of the country’s most populous states, researchers polled teachers to get their opinion on if and how the tenure process should change.

One of America’s most elite yet least economically diverse higher education institutions announced ambitious plans to get more students from less affluent backgrounds on campus.

Student testing is once again taking the floor in Congress as the Senate's education committee tries to decide whether students are being tested too much. The Associated Press breaks downs the five key things the public should know about standardized testing. 

Speaking of tests, months before nervous high school students get a first go at the new 2016 SAT test, unimpressed educators are worried that the new test is even more biased against students from low-income backgrounds than previous and current versions of the SAT.

Check out these stories from TFA that got us talking this week.

The Friday Five is Teach For America's weekly roundup of education news, stories, and links that made us think. 

Bill Gates is hoping to make standard history lessons a thing of the past. The tech mogul has partnered up with an educator to promote a more holistic approach to teaching the subject.

"The dog ate my homework" is no more. Students can now submit homework with their smartphones via Google’s new Classroom app which debuted this week. The app promises to make organization easier for both students and teachers.

In 2004, Kimani Maruge was 84 when he entered first grade to begin his primary school education. Eleven years later, Google honored the world’s oldest first grader with a charming doodle.

One of the hot topics this week in Cosmpolitan was Teach For America! Our Executive Vice President of Recruitment Elissa Kim details what qualities the organization values in corps members for the magazine’s weekly Interview Insider series. 

Follow the lives of some social media saavy principals who gave Education Week a peek into their worlds by tweeting and Instagraming photos with the hashtag #APrincipalsDay.

New research has found that reading to young children nurtures a love of reading that persists as they move into more independent stages of life.

Standardized testing is not the only way to assess student learning. NPR explores possible alternatives.

Only 11% of low-income, first generation college students graduate within six years. The Atlantic profiles the challenges that make attaining a college degree an elusive feat. 

Check out the five TFA stories that got us talking this week. 

Erica Monrose

With each new school year, LGBT teachers struggle with the decision on whether to be open with co-workers and students about their sexuality. In a piece for the Atlantic, a Teach For America alum speaks to LGBT teachers about the different ways they deal with this issue. See the other stories that had us talking this week. 

Erica Monrose

This week, the White House outlined plans to improve early childhood education, a cause that has been publicly endorsed by the President for many years. In a speech on Wednesday, President Obama announced that $1 billion will be set aside to fund various early education initiatives that promise to produce better outcomes for students. See what other news had us talking this week. 

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