A version of THE HIGH FLYER post appeared in Teaching for High Potential (November 2016).
There is nothing like the feeling of walking into a classroom the day after attending an NAGC conference. Despite exhaustion, looming deadlines, and work to get caught up on, the smile on my face and the thoughts and excitement I feel seem to carry me along during my slow introduction back to the daily schedule. As I meet my students face to face, I can’t help but feel that if we, as educators, can instill even a percent of this enthusiasm for school, half of our work will already be done.  
This THE HIGH FLYER post by M. René Islas, NAGC executive director, and Rudy Crew, president of Medgar Evers College and a member of the NAGC Corporate Council, originally appeared in a slightly different form in the Orlando Sentinel.
This THE HIGH FLYER post is by Erika Sanzi, a former decade-long educator, a former school committee member, a mother of three young sons, and an education advocate who consults for Education Post and writes at Good School Hunting.
This THE HIGH FLYER post is by Brandon L. Wright, Editorial Director of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.