Bright IDEA 1

Project Bright IDEA 1: Interest Development Early Abilities

A Model K-2 Nurturing Program - 2001-2004


Project Bright IDEA was developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a pilot program to nurture and develop the interests and unusual abilities of young children in underrepresented groups. These populations include those children, regardless of race or ethnic group, who have limited English language experiences, cultural backgrounds, economic disadvantages, and/or educational disadvantages, disabilities, or differences which make it difficult for them to demonstrate their potential on traditional identification measures of talented and gifted.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction appointed a statewide, collaborative committee in 2000 to design a model K-2 program that would lead to nurturing and promoting underrepresented populations eligible for gifted programs. This committee launched Bright IDEA 1 as a collaborative pilot model with The American Association for Gifted Children at Duke University. 

The target group was selected through a request for proposal process (RFP). A total of twenty-one school districts applied through the process and six school districts were selected, representing the six Exceptional Children regions in North Carolina. Each district had one elementary school with two classes of kindergarten, two classes of first, and two classes of second graders for a total of 36 classes of Bright IDEA children. Children were not screened for the project; they came from regular classes that were randomly assigned. Five of the school districts that remained in the project for three years included: Gaston County; Henderson County; New Hanover County; Stanly County; Thomasville City; and Wake County. One school district dropped out at the end of the second year. 

Increasing Opportunity to Learn via Access to Rigorous Courses and Programs

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Report for the North Carolina State Board of Education, by William Darity, Jr, Dommini Castellino, Karolyn Tyson, Carolyn Cobb, Brad McMillen, Submitted to the State Board of Education.

Alexander, Irving, Ph.D., A Conversation With Parents of Children With Unusual Abilities, Working Paper, Number 4.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Dr. Irving Alexander is Professor Emeritus at Duke University in the Department of Psychology and President of the American Association for Gifted Children, located at Duke University. This Working Paper was written in response to the numerous requests that AAGC receives from parents regarding their children with unusual abilities and how they may help them reach their potential. 

Project Bright IDEA 1: Final Report

Project Bright IDEA 1: Interest Development Early Abilities

A Model K-2 Nurturing Program - 2001-2004

Final Report

May 27, 2005

Bright IDEA Findings

The findings of the Project Bright IDEA 1 demonstrates three key aspects of the success of the program: 1) the on-going commitment of the state education agency, local school districts, and the American Association for Gifted Children to promote success in AIG program for underrepresented populations; 2) how teacher training in concept-based instruction can promote student achievement and teacher expectation 3) how building on Bright IDEA 1 helped the proposed project—Bright IDEA 2—to clearly meet the requirements and receive a grant under Priority 1 of the Jacob Javits Ed

Bright IDEA 1

Interest Development Early Abilities (2001-2004)

Duke Today: Office Hours with Margaret Gayle and Sandy Darity on a 'Bright Idea' for Education

Two Duke education experts involved in a 10-year-old project called "Bright IDEA" that has been implemented in some North Carolina schools with great success discuss education reform during a live "Office Hours" webcast March 25, 2011. Margaret Gayle is director of the American Association for Gifted Children at Duke. William "Sandy" Darity is a professor of public policy, economics and African-American studies at Duke.

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