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Hybrid Reopening: When 50/50 Just Won’t Work

Many school systems considering hybrid options for Fall 2020 have zeroed in on a set of alternatives that would split students 50/50 into groups that would come to school buildings on alternating days or weeks, or for half-days. Read More

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In observance of Juneteenth: ‘Their first political act’

As June 19, 1865, marks the end of enslavement, September 29, 1865, marks the beginning of North Carolina freedmen collectively asserting their rights.  The 1865 North Carolina Freedmen’s Convention is one of the first such conventions in the South. Read More

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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

Beyond school as we know it: North Carolina districts lead into the unknown

This article describes some of the actions taken in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Orange County Schools and Durham County Schools to prepare for the impact of closing their school buildings to students, almost overnight. Read More

TIP in the News

State Board of Education braces for resistance to its equity work by hearing lessons from the past
October 2020
The board invited state constitutional scholar Ann McColl, co-founder and president of The Innovation Project, to present a historical account of calls for racial justice in North Carolina, and the almost immediate pushback.
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District Approaches to Coronavirus
March 2020
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.
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Everything you need to know about the Leandro litigation
February 2020
North Carolina’s Leandro court case has been ongoing for more than 20 years. The case centers on the state’s constitutional mandate to provide every child with a sound, basic education.
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The Innovation Project, NC State College of Education Announce 19 NC High School Mathematics Master Teaching Fellows
June 2019
The NC State College of Education and The Innovation Project have selected 19 N.C. High School Mathematics Master Teaching Fellows. Supported by a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, this program will prepare, support and retain master teachers of mathematics from high-needs school districts across the state of North Carolina
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NCSU Chancellor Makes ‘Digital Trip’ to CSS Classroom
February 2019
Dr. Randy Woodson may have slightly oversimplified his job description when he told a group of seventh-graders at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School he was “sort of like the principal” at North Carolina State University.
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Transforming a Rural Community, One Pilot at a Time
February 2019
When demographic decline threatens a community’s future and demands leadership from students in its schools now, how should the district respond? Edgecombe County Public Schools has a pretty compelling answer.
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The Innovation Project Launches Network to Transform Early Learning by Reimagining School and District Approaches to Problems of Practice
July 17, 2018
The Innovation Project (TIP) announces the launch of its Early Learning Network, a collaboration of district-run elementary schools that will design and implement innovative strategies to transform the early learning experience to dramatically improve student outcomes.
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Two Teacher Interns Who Stand Out Are Spending Summer Here Fitting In
June 26, 2018
Ashley Lawson and Katie Martin are not alone in wanting to make their mark on the world after they finish college, but they are unique in how they’ve come to Lenoir County to get started.
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Rowan Salisbury Passes Important Legislation (Section 6)
June 5, 2018
The State Board of Education shall approve a renewal school system plan that meets the requirements of this section that is submitted to the State Board by the qualifying local board of education by July 15, 2018, to begin operation of the plan with the 2018-2019 school year.
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