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Erin Morris Miller, Chair

Jennifer Riedl Cross, Chair-Elect

Nora Cohen, Convention Program Chair


The Conceptual Foundations Network believes that a strong conceptual and theoretical framework is needed for the field of gifted education to advance. Their mission is to focus on theory; concepts of giftedness; philosophical foundations; trends, issues, and future directions for the field; historical perspectives; and perspectives from outside the field in order to provide the longitudinal, conceptual, and structural frame from which the field can build appropriate curriculum, identify students, and do research. Specifically, the Network: 1) works toward developing coherent frameworks that can serve as foundations for the field of gifted education; 2) encourages presentation of topics that relate to the five areas of mission; 3) cooperates with other Networks with similar missions or interests to develop joint activities; 4) disseminates information to interested parties thorough publications; 5) encourages graduate programs and students in gifted education to include conceptual foundations in plans of study; and 6) provides a structure that can guide practice and research through examining assumptions, concepts, definitions, and models.

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Newsletter Archive

Newsletter: October 2011

Some of our recent newsletters sent to Network members:

Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010 
Fall 2009 
Spring 2009 
Spring 2008
Fall 2008  

Legacy Series

Through the efforts of the NAGC Conceptual Foundations Network, the Legacy Series creates a permanent record in image and voice, of prominent individuals who have devoted their energy and professional talents to enhancing the lives of our nation's most able learners. The Conceptual Foundations Network is committed to guiding this project in documenting, profiling, and preserving the theories of our eminent leaders in a manner that will honor them and capture their contributions for future generations of advocates and educators.

To date, the following DVDs have been produced and are available in the NAGC Online Bookstore:

A Conversation with Joe Renzulli
An Evening with Annemarie Roeper
A Dialogue with Jim Gallagher 
An Afternoon with Alexinia Y. Baldwin
The Creative Voice of Don Treffinger (to be released in 2012)

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