Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Digital Network Group

1.

Name of organization:

Digital Network Group dba Kinetic Potential Scholars (KPS)

Primary location:

1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 350
Largo, Maryland 20774

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Phone: 301-883-8256
ses@kpscholars.com

www.kpscholars.com

LEAs where service will be provided:

Statewide (all Districts/LEAs)

2.

Years provider has delivered service:

3

3.

Evidence that services have been effective:

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. – Albert Einstein

With Einstein’s brief but poignant quote as an integral piece of our own education philosophy, KPS is an innovator in the field of education, using the latest technology and the highest quality of instruction to ensure that students become part of a wider network of academic, social, and professional excellence.  Integrating this network of excellence into children’s lives is an essential component for any student’s future success, especially for those underachieving kids who need a strong system of regular support and encouragement.  Our innovative program is based on learning principles that are supported by empirical research documenting students’ academic achievement on state-wide assessments. 

4.

Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate):

Kinetic Potential Learning System

5.

Grade level(s) the provider will serve:

Grades K-12

6.

Content area(s) provider will serve:

Math, English Language Arts, and Reading, Science

7.

Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

2-5 times per week

8.

Average length of each service session (minutes/hours):

60-120 minutes

9.

Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;):

All year availability. Monday-Saturdays.

10.

Type of instruction:

Academic sessions of up to 8 students will be led by a KP Tutor, who will utilize virtual white boards, online texts, 3D graphics, and streaming video technology to facilitate every lesson.  KineticVille, our 3D virtual learning environment provides KP Scholars with an Immersive Education experience, in which students can fully “drop into” to engage in a discovery-based learning environment where one learns not simply by following but by actually doing.  KPS’ utilizes the same cutting-edge technology as today’s most popular video games, capturing student’s attention in the same way video games reach out and grab kids’ attention.  But unlike these games, KineticVille fosters practical skills within kids, developing their math, reading, and language arts abilities in the process of steering them toward long-term professional goals.  In addition, KP Tutors are available through virtual office hours in which students can post questions online, via e-mail, or simply drop in for a visit. 

10a

Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities:

Based on their incoming ILPs, these students are placed into courses that meet them at their current Mathematical and Reading/ ELA ability levels.  In addition, KP Tutors will be discretely made aware that these particular students have such challenges so that they can accommodate that child’s needs one-on-one during the program’s weekly virtual office hours.  KPS’ small cohort size of up to 8 students ensures students with special needs get the individual attention they need, just as KineticVille’s exploratory-based learning environment provides students of limited mobility with a whole new world to venture into and call their own.  

10b

Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency:

Our goal is to provide tutorial services to all students/families that select the KPS program as their SES provider independent of English proficiency.  By hiring bi-lingual KP Tutors that are familiar with the challenges of ESL students, we anticipate that these students will also be very successful in our program.

11.

Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s):

KPS is committed to delivering the best and brightest talent to support the developmental needs of our KP Scholars. We recruit our instructors from the top graduate schools of education in the country-Harvard, PENN, Columbia and Yale.  KP Tutors receive training in teaching, immersive education and education policy amongst other subjects. Many of our KP Tutors are bi-lingual and most are very familiar with the needs of diverse populations in both urban and rural settings.  Our target KP Tutors have 2-5 years of successful teaching experience, many in Title 1 schools and are passionate for student success.

12.

Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery):

KPS is committed that all appropriate parties who support the growth and development of our KP Scholars are fully interconnected to our program through our Computer Assisted Mentoring System (CAMS).   Complete up-to-date account information on each and every KP Scholar is maintained in the CAMS database, which also provides parents and designated district / school personnel with standard monthly progress reports outlining student progress, attendance, and class schedule, among other relevant information.  All approved and vetted stakeholders have easy access to the academic development of their students receiving supplemental education services through a web based interface.  Information within CAMS can also be made available in Spanish.

13.

Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation)

No

14.

Additional relevant information:

The most important testament to the effectiveness of the KPS program comes, of course, from the students themselves.   We have selected three students to share their aspirations based on what they have learned in the KP Scholars program—it is our belief that students having long-term goals is an important aspect of making every day matter that much more:

 

  • “KPS helped me find my goal—to help the homeless by setting up a shelter or help center.  They need job training and housing too…. If we monitor their progress, these people may never have to be homeless again!...  So I really want to do something with technology to create a support network for them.” 
    • Marcus Perry, 15-year old student, Flowers High School (PGCPS)
  • “Kids need more recreations centers, I think.  I want to create a chain of these centers across the country.  There’s not enough people out there who can connect with kids today—we need to get people who have had the experience of being out there, on the street, who know what’s it like to be from foster homes—or even jail.  The KP program has helped me figure out that I want to be a lawyer and that I want to reach out and appeal to the youth….”
    • Dennis Marshall, McKinley Technology High School (Wash., DC)

 

  • “I want to change the world by helping other people become better people…. I know I can be above average. My plan is to get into Howard University where I will study Law.   Then I can become a lawyer and, who knows?—maybe win the Nobel Peace Prize.”
                 -      Regine’, 14-years old, Archbishop Carroll High School (Wash., DC).
Last Updated: March 21, 2014