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. We 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.

Recent Work: Courageous Leadership Webinar Series

1868: The Coalition for Justice

Courageous leaders have come together in North Carolina after the Civil War to create one of the best constitutions in the country for public education. The constitutional convention is led by a coalition made up of newly franchised black delegates as well as native and out-of-state white delegates.

1901: White Supremacy Seeks Inequity

The pendulum has swung back to white supremacy. In the great campaign for education, inequity is built into the model for public education. Remarkably, philanthropic forces still came together in the aftermath to attempt to create opportunities for black students within the education system. 

1956: The State at a Crossroads 2 Years After Brown v. Board

Two years after Brown v. Board of Education, North Carolina is at a crossroads: will it move towards equity and integration or defy the Supreme Court? What will be the role of courageous leaders or public education?


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