President Barack Obama kicked off his final State of the Union address by asking the citizens of our country several important question that ought to frame how our policy makers will lead into the future. His first question was related to education. He asked, “How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?”
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. Their visions of the past, present, and future of the field of gifted education came alive for me in one night. 
NAGC Board members Joy Lawson Davis and George Betts address the underrepresentation of culturally diverse students in gifted and advanced learner programs in schools across America. Discriminatory assessment procedures, poorly trained teachers, and limited engagement with culturally diverse families are a few of the reasons that these tragic conditions persist.
The role of the gifted coordinator varies widely.  While some educators seek out the position, oftentimes teachers are assigned the position with little to no preparation.  
Today marks an important milestone in gifted education advocacy.