Research has consistently shown that even the brightest and most gifted African American and Hispanic students continue to be dramatically underrepresented in academically rigorous programs in the nation’s public schools. As a result, these students too frequently lack access to postsecondary opportunities that would enable them to fulfill their potential. This lack of access to challenging instruction for high-achieving and high-potential students of color cannot be ignored if the nation plans to create a prosperous and just society. Policymakers and administrators need to examine the promising practices that exist for increasing access to selective and rigorous programs for talented students of color and consider other means through which these students can be challenged and valued.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion on how schools can best ensure that talented students of color are adequately encouraged and supported. The event will explore questions such as the following: What are innovative and promising practices for serving talented students of color; what resources do these students need to reach their full potential; and what policies should schools put in place to ensure that they do?
Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Hannah Doruelo, Posse scholar and Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Fellow
Lauren C. Mims , Assistant Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Michael J. Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Craig Robinson, National Director, KIPP Through College
Danyelle Solomon, Director of Progress 2050, Center for American Progress
A light breakfast and coffee will be served at 9:00 a.m.