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.

Notice: TIP Out of Office

Please be advised that the TIP Team will be out of the office from July 1st to July 5th. During this period, we will not be available to respond to emails or phone calls. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to assisting you upon our return on Monday, July 8th.

The Innovation Project (TIP) Awarded $21 Million Dollar TSL Grant

The Innovation Project (TIP) announced today that it has been awarded over twenty-one million dollars through the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) Grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education. TSL funding will support TIP’s Reimagining Teaching Talent (RTT) program, a partnership which provides 79 schools across eight school districts the opportunity to work together in a networked improvement community (NIC). The NIC will focus on promoting equity in student access to educational resources and opportunities, supporting a diverse educator workforce, and ensuring educators’ professional growth to strengthen student learning.

Letter from Dr. Sharon L. Contreras, CEO

“It is a great day to be an educator.” I’ve said it more times than I can count. My signature phrase has been printed on t-shirts and plastered across big screens. I’ve said it in passing to colleagues and I’ve declared it with passion to auditoriums filled with employees, educators, conference participants, students and community members. I’ve said it quietly to myself in the darkest of moments.

Dr. Sharon L. Contreras speaking

TIP Launches SparkNC

On Wednesday, June 29, TIP announced the launch of SparkNC. This transformative initiative will meet student needs for reengagement, connection, purpose, choice and customized learning, and accelerate student progress along new pathways to careers in high-tech fields like artificial intelligence and machine learning, software development, computer systems engineering, and cybersecurity. 


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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