Vice President for Innovation and Strategy
Joe Ableidinger joined The Innovation Project in 2017. In his role, Joe oversees the organization’s strategic initiatives and helps TIP’s member superintendents “see around corners,” anticipating major upcoming developments in education so that they can lead their districts in responding to them proactively, keeping their students ahead of the curve.
Joe is a nationally recognized expert in education innovation, including personalized learning models and emerging technologies in education. Before joining The Innovation Project, Joe was the Senior Director of Policy & Programs at the Public School Forum of North Carolina, and prior to that worked at Public Impact, a leading national education policy and management organization based in Chapel Hill, NC. Highlights of Joe’s prior work include leading the creation of the North Carolina Resilience & Learning Project, which addresses the impact of childhood trauma on academic success and social and emotional wellbeing; coordinating the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program; helping launch the Public School Forum’s Beginning Teacher Leadership Network; and leading project teams focused on education issues including empowering teachers and school leaders through job redesign and strategic uses of technology, charter school quality and accountability, teacher and leader policy, education entrepreneurship, philanthropy in education, and school turnarounds.
Earlier in his career, Joe taught high school English with the Fulbright Program in Korea and started a family resource center at an underperforming elementary school as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Communities In Schools of Durham. He received his B.A. with highest honors from Duke University, his master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.
Joe has served as a strategic advisor to schools, philanthropic foundations, government agencies, and education-focused nonprofit organizations. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports, policy briefs, white papers, case studies, and other publications at the intersection of law, policy, and practice.