In the Summer of 2020, TIP hosted a series of Transformation Sessions focused on TIP-SCAN’s Three Commitments of learner-centered transformation, racial equity, and open, transparent design. Additional Transformation Sessions last summer explored school district models to support learner-centered education systems and examined the roles of educators as partners in transformation. In April 2021, we revisit the Three Commitments in three emergent and transformative contexts:

  • Learning from South Carolina’s Competencies Prototype with Stephanie DiStasio, Director of the Office of Personalized Learning, South Carolina Dept. of Education
    This “lunch-and-learn” session with Stephanie DiStasio, Director of the Office of Personalized Learning in the South Carolina Department of Education, focuses on the development of South Carolina’s Competencies for the Profile of a South Carolina Graduate. This work and South Carolina’s new Ad Hoc Committee on Competency-Based Education have made South Carolina a national leader in competency-based, personalized learning. In this session, TIP Members learn with Stephanie and brainstorming about how TIP and district teams can be part of moving North Carolina forward in the area of competency-based education while maintaining a consistent focus on equity and learner-centered transformation.
  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on K-12 Education with Ken Lane and Will Jarvis,
    In the Fall of 2017,’s Ken Lane presented at TIP’s Membership Meeting on advancements in artificial intelligence and what they meant for K-12 education. In this lunch-and-learn session, Ken and his colleague Will Jarvis meet with TIP Members to revisit this topic and share their thoughts on how artificial intelligence has evolved over the past few years, how it is likely to impact education in the next few, and what this will all mean for educational equity. As part of the discussion, we will dig into last year’s thought-provoking article by Beth Holland, “Artificial Intelligence–The New Digital Divide?”
  • Interrupting Racism and Inequity through Liberatory Design with Patricia Hilliard and Blake Wiggs, Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC), Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University
    Liberatory Design is an approach to addressing equity challenges and change efforts in complex systems. According to the National Equity Project, it is both a flexible process that can be used by teams and a set of equity leadership habits that can be practiced daily. In this lunch-and-learn session, Dr. Patricia Hilliard and Mr. Blake Wiggs from the Friday Institute’s Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) discuss the promise of Liberatory Design in helping schools and districts redesign systems to interrupt racism and inequity, using the PLLC’s ongoing work with TIP’s Early Learning Network as a case example.

For more information about the Spring 2021 sessions as well as last summer’s sessions, please contact Joe at

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