Jelani Memory, author of “A Kids Book About Racism” and founder of A Kids Book About publishing company, hosts a conversation about race and how to have conversations about difficult topics with kids. Jelani, a black man married to a white woman, has a blended family of 6 kids and the topic of race comes up often. Jelani wrote a straight-forward book about it called “A Kids Book About Racism” that sparked conversation and interest from all of his adult friends because it gave kids and adults permission to talk about such a difficult topic.
Although the State Plan (TEA, 2019) requires evaluation of student growth, the process remains difficult for Texas districts. Assessment beyond on-level state testing is required to adequately assess growth in our gifted learners and in the curriculum and instruction provided to them. Implementation of growth modeling and other suggested effective tools will support assessment of academic growth in gifted learners.