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.

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 2021-2022 Year in Review

We are excited to share our TIP 2021-2022 Year in Review. This year we worked with innovative district leaders from TIP member districts to focus on TIP’s themes of rethinking, reimagining, and redesigning public education in the context of COVID learning recovery.  This document shares highlights from this year and previews some of the exciting work ahead in TIP for 2022-2023.
Year in Review


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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