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.

 In our work, we are helping our member districts respond to the suffering and deepening inequities that the pandemic is unleashing.  As we move forward, including into the next year, we also will focus on using our collaborative approach to redesign education to a more equitable and learner-centered system as we move through crisis to transformation.

Our Impact in TIP Communities

School Districts

Million Children

Restart Schools

Innovative Classrooms

Recent Work

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Reimagining Education: The Three Elephants in the Room

As we pass the two-month mark since the initial wave of COVID-19 school closures, conversations are shifting from crisis management to what school might look like when students eventually return to brick-and-mortar classrooms. Read More

TIP Granville Academy Meeting

TIP hosted 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. You can find a copy of the recorded webinar here

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Really Change Education?

With this enormous COVID-19 kick in the pants, we will see nationwide demand for major changes in how we educate the current and future generations of young people. Changes that address the inequities of the current system, raise student voices, make access to technology universal and more. Read More


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