Research and Qualifications
GEM-T is an education model developed by Knowledge Network Solutions (KNS) in collaboration with Duke University. It is built on (1) Duke University’s 12 years’ experience designing and implementing Project Bright IDEA, (2) KNS’s more than 18 years transforming pedagogy using technology integration, seven step process “model” and a suite of project-based learning courses. Also, KNS integrates its I-CAN online learning community for district and state level interaction and engagement.
Duke University initiated a program called, Bright IDEA along with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction over the past 13 years. Its designers extracted, adapted and integrated fourteen best practices from gifted and regular education into a holistic, student-centered pedagogy. Its core principle is to train teachers to (1) see the gifted potential in all children, (2) transform classroom experiences to be engaging and authentic and (3) use techniques designed for the gifted and talented with all students. Students adopt the skills and attitudes of scholars as their interests expand and deepen, driving them through cognitively complex learning experiences.
The Bright IDEA program shows immediate results from year one with consistent growth afterwards on several different measures. Bright IDEA students from at-risk populations were identified as gifted at a 29% rate versus 1% previously. A Bright IDEA elementary school, showed an increase from 41% to 86% in fifth-graders who scored proficient in reading, math and science, with a 70% reduction in the racial achievement gap.
KNS leadership has 20+ years experience transforming schools and districts using project-based learning, student-centered learning and technology as the catalyst for change. Using the company’s 7-Step Transformation Process, KNS education consultants assess and facilitate with key stakeholders a customized plan for transformation. KNS provides teachers and school leaders with a foundation for using technology to support student-centered, project-based learning. This approach rapidly transforms teachers’ practice to 21st century learning techniques.
KNS has also developed and implemented the Internet Community Action Network (I-CAN), which creates a knowledge-sharing platform for students, teachers, school leaders and the broader community of key stakeholders. I-CAN learning communities include NSF and NASA grants for serving state-wide STEM communities of underserved students with a focus on STEM.