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

TIP Acknowledges Dr. Jim Merrill

Thank you Dr. Merrill for your service and dedication to the success of The Innovation Project. Enjoy your retirement.

TIP Teacher Scholars Award Presentation

Congratulations to the inaugural cohort of The TIP Teaching Scholars Program that recognizes excellent pre-service teacher candidates who teach in a TIP school district after graduation. The program provides a cohort experience with enrichment activities and mentorship that begin while you are still a student and continue for at least the first two years of teaching.

TIP welcomes Z. Smith Reynolds

ZSR is one of our philanthropic partners. Thank you for your support.



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