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

Innovation Leads Crossroad Flex

TIP School leaders meet dancers, equestrians, soccer players, hockey players, and swimmers who are supported in following their pursuit by WCPSS high school, Cross Flex. Flexordinary!

District C Pitch Event

As part of their training to be District C-certified coaches, 14 exceptional educators and industry leaders from all over the state — including Rowan, Warren, Edgecombe, and New Hanover Counties — will pitch solutions to real problems posed by Knox St. Studios and the Community Home Trust.

Presented in partnership with The Innovation Project and HQ Raleigh



Apple Park Briefing

Apple and TIP have worked together to develop a two-day agenda at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, to focus on applying the equity lens to the intersection of innovation, technology and an entrepreneurial eco-system.


NCSU Centennial Campus
Partners I Building
1017 Main Campus Dr., Suite 1650
Raleigh, NC 27606