The Innovation Project (TIP) is a collaborative working group of forward-thinking North Carolina district superintendents with a team of staff and collaborators. We ground our work in objective evidence while acknowledging the need to thoughtfully consider and implement promising, pioneering practices. New TIP projects emerge from rigorous analysis of research and national best practices, which inform superintendents’ engagement in iterative design processes. TIP’s work is driven by five overlapping themes: innovate, connect, empower, transform, and inspire. These touchstones orient our approach to decision-making and guide our project design.

Our Impact in TIP Communities

School Districts

Million Children

Restart Schools

Innovative Classrooms

In the Life of The Innovation Project

Market Share Webinar

Tuesday, October 30 | 9:00 a.m.
Ann McColl will share the 2017-2018 TIP Market Share Trends. The set of slides review state and local trends in where students go to school, including school districts, charter schools, private schools, and homeschools. TIP annually reports this information and provides the slides for use to TIP member districts.

Superintendent Roundtable Discussions

The purpose of the roundtables is to create the opportunity to more deeply discuss and resolve topics identified by TIP superintendents and to further develop relationships among TIP superintendents.  These will be led by former superintendents and TIP board chairs Dr. Jim Merrill and Dr. Bill Harrison, along with Dr. Randy Bridges, who has served as superintendent in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina.

2018 Fall Restart Schools Collaborative Rescheduled Meeting

Thursday, November 15
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
As previously planned, the meeting will be facilitated by Project L.I.F.T. Superintendent and TIP Innovation Advisor Denise Watts, and will focus on Culture and Coaching: Keys to Cultivating School Transformation through Restart.



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