We would like to thank our partners who help with the collaboration and funding of The Innovation Project.  Their support is invaluable toward the success of the work. The Innovation Project is designed around principles of collaboration.  This is true among our participating districts as well as in our effort to seek partners who share a similar focus.  We are grateful for the collaboration and financial support from our partners.

NCSU Partnerships

TIP Early Learning Network

In 2018-19, TIP launched its Early Learning Network, a collaboration of elementary schools engaged in the design and implementation of innovative strategies to transform the early learning experience and dramatically improve student outcomes. TIP is partnering with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation to lead Network schools through an intensive process to define learner-centered goals and strategies. TIP and the Friday Institute have also developed a system of supports to prepare Network principals for the unique opportunities and challenges of running innovative, entrepreneurial schools. The TIP team is working closely with superintendents and their teams to strengthen district systems and processes to support and empower school leaders and design teams. The Network is funded by a three-year, $982,445 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

National Science Foundation

Noyce Master Teaching Fellows Program

The Noyce Master Teaching Fellows Program at NC State is a partnership between the College of Education, TIP, and the National Science Foundation to prepare 20 Master Teachers of mathematics from high-need districts. Fellows will engage in online courses to deepen their understanding of mathematics and effective mathematics teaching practices. The program provides Fellows with an annual salary stipend of $11,250 for five years; an additional planning period in the first year to complete certificate or degree requirements; National Board Certification fees; and summer workshops and other professional development support, mentoring, and leadership opportunities. The Program is funded by a $1.86M grant awarded in March of 2019 from the National Science Foundation.

Weather-Related Learning Disruptions and Student/Community Trauma

Dr. Mike Ward, a professor at the College of Education and former N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has conducted research in TIP districts, including over 25 individual interviews, to learn how our districts have been addressing Florence-related damage and disruption. The purpose is to develop proactive approaches to future weather events in order to help districts address student trauma, displacement, and disruptions to learning. Through this work, we are exploring how we can approach weather-related challenges with a creative approach to rethinking learning and schooling and the role of the district in the community. While the research has been conducted in those TIP districts most severely affected by Florence, the intent is to develop approaches that could be implemented throughout TIP districts. Dr. Ward worked extensively on these issues in Mississippi after Katrina. Dr. Ward is contributing half of his time as a part of his research and community engagement for NCSU.


Increasing Student Opportunities in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Through this partnership between TIP and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), participating students in TIP districts can be automatically enrolled as NCSU students after successfully completing selected courses in their local high schools and community colleges. In many cases, students will be able to obtain their BS degrees in less than four years. TIP and CALS held a workshop in December at which TIP district staff, community college representatives, and vocational agriculture teachers learned about the FAST TRAC program for high school students. Workshop participants were introduced to various CALS programs in horticulture, animal science, soil science, and agri-business, and experienced hands-on demonstrations of advances NCSU is making in the agriculture industry.

Official Partner of NCSU Centennial Campus

As a partner, TIP has its offices in the incubator space in the Partners I building on Centennial Campus. Many of TIP’s meetings are held on campus, exposing its members to the innovation and resources on campus. Associate Vice Chancellor Dennis Kekas welcomed TIP at is May 2018 meeting and members had the opportunity to a guided tour. TIP works with its partnership developer, Keisha Demps, to explore opportunities to connect.


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