KNS was founded in 2002 as a solution services company providing strategic consulting and integration of learning solutions to education institutions and those organizations that support education. Prior to the formation of KNS, KNS leadership owned Computer Decisions, an RTP based technology training company, from 1983 to 1997 when it was sold to Knowledge Universe, a Michael Milken and Larry Ellison company. After the purchase, the education division of Computer Decisions, serving the Southeast, formed a national division of Knowledge Universe called Teacher Universe. This division was later sold to Riverdeep, an education software company.
KNS is a national organization providing services in North America and Central America with 100's of school districts and HiEd institutions. Our focus is predominately at the education institution level and for those companies supporting education (HP, Microsoft, Adobe, Fujitsu, among others). For education, KNS provides - assessment, planning, professional development, support, grant research/writing and evaluation services. A second focus is the to help organizations to create a "solution approach" to selling into education through alignment of their products and services to academic education challenges and goals. Educators need solution oriented relationships with technology organizations in order to maximize the impact on student academic achievement.
Jon Beard, CEO
Jon has been CEO and founder for multiple successful ventures including Computer Decisions, a NC based company with 50 employees, and Knowledge Network Solutions utilizing over 30 education consultants. Jon has 30 years experience creating delivering and managing knowledge. He has designed and managed the development of an innovative online learning community using emerging web technologies to maximize student learning through communication, collaboration and creation of new knowledge. Jon has implemented this solution nationally for education, workforce development and entrepreneurship. Jon worked with Loews Corporation for 8 years in KY and NY as a senior management consultant. He is a Business graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill.
KNS Education Consultants are current or former educators with 5 years or more of classroom experience located across the US. Most have Masters or higher degrees with roles including - teachers, school leaders, curriculum and instruction directors, and associate superintendents. All are highly skilled educators with a passion for supporting peers!