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

Education Matters: Innovative Public Schools

While school choice and education privatization grab headlines and generate a great deal of activity in the N.C. General Assembly, there’s a wide array of innovative and transformative efforts are quietly underway at public schools across the state. Rowan-Salsibury Schools Superintendent, Dr. Lynn Moody and TIP CEO, Ann McColl were featured on “Education Matters.”

TIP, NC State College of Education Announce 19 NC High School Mathematics Master Teaching Fellows

Supported by a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the program will prepare, support and retain master teachers of mathematics from high-needs school districts across the state of North Carolina, and is a partnership between the NC State College of Education, The Innovation Project and seven school districts

2019 TIP Teaching Scholars

  • Perry Currin, Lenoir County Public Schools
  • Mackenzie Hunt, Lenoir County Public Schools
  • Jessie Taylor, Cabarrus County Schools
  • Angelique Marrero, Lenoir County Public Schools
  • Jessica Montgomery, Lenoir County Public Schools
  • Cassandra Rockness, Cabarrus County Schools
  • Meghan Thomas, Cabarrus County Schools



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