Not unlike Scrooge and his visit by four ghosts one Christmas Eve long ago, I too was in the company of spirits over my recent break from the classroom. 
The NAGC Blog provides timely commentary, concepts, and synthesized research on supporting the needs of gifted and talented students. The top read posts from 2016 are informative, thought provoking, and great resources to share with others.
THE HIGH FLYER post is a letter to the Governors from the Center for American Progress, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Fordham Institute outlining the opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act to support high-achieving students.
THE HIGH FLYER post is by Elissa F. Brown, Acting Admissions Director of the Hunter College Campus Schools and Director of the Hunter College Gifted Center.
Recently I was treated to an outstanding theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol, during which I was inspired to write about the three spirits of gifted education, past, present, and future, and the messages they would relay to the Scroogish general education community that has long “replaced” talent development with the “idol” of testing.