The Innovation Project (TIP) is a collaborative working group of forward-thinking North Carolina public school district superintendents supported by a team of staff and collaborators.

As a collaborative, we approach innovation through an equity lens where we strive for every student and every community to thrive.  We ground our work in objective evidence while acknowledging the need to thoughtfully consider and implement promising, pioneering practices.

Our current projects are driven by the themes of rethinking, reimagining, and redesigning public education. These touchstones orient our approach to decision-making and guide our project design. We build networks across our school districts and communities that accelerate and sustain innovation.

New TIP projects emerge from rigorous analysis of research and national best practices, which inform superintendents’ collaboration in the design of innovation.

Our Impact in TIP Communities

School Districts

Million Children

Restart Schools

Innovative Classrooms

Recent Work

TIP Granville Academy Meeting

TIP will host a Zoom webinar with Granville County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alisa McLean, and Dr. Bill Graham, principal of Granville Academy, and members of his team. Their approach to working with parents on learning at home is featured in this EdNC article

Perspective | Beyond school as we know it: North Carolina districts lead into the unknown

On Thursday, March 12, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) and Orange County Schools became the first district in the state to announce district-wide school closures due to coronavirus. Read More

Everything you need to know about the Leandro litigation

TIP members are familiar with the recent court order and WestEd report (for summaries or copies of the order and reports, see this EdNC article). We have a slide deck available for you to begin to consider the question with your leadership team. Read More


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