The Innovation Project (TIP) is a nonprofit collaborative working group of North Carolina public school district leaders created to envision the future of education and design equitable, learner-centered strategies to get there.

Dr. Sharon L. Contreras Named CEO of The Innovation Project

On January 14, The Innovation Project (TIP) announced that Sharon L. Contreras will lead the organization as its next Chief Executive Officer.


Dr. Sharon L. Contreras


TIP provides space for district leaders to “unlearn” and rethink foundational assumptions about K-12 education that have shaped existing systems, programs, and policies.

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Our members work together to “see around corners,” envisioning the future of public education and bringing bold, visionary approaches to solving education’s most vexing challenges.


More than just visionary thinkers, TIP members work together as a community of doers, designing programs and partnerships to build a more equitable and learner-centered future.

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