TIP-Solution Creators Action Network


TIP created the Solution Creators Action Network (TIP-SCAN) in May 2020 with the generous support and partnership of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. TIP-SCAN has provided a transformative framework and a structure for TIP member districts to respond to the upheaval generated by the COVID-19 pandemic to reexamine longstanding district systems and processes.

 Through TIP-SCAN, TIP has distilled three commitments upheld by TIP and participating members and partners:

  • A commitment to a full perspective on equity;
  • A commitment to learner-centered transformation; and,
  • A commitment to transparent, open design.

Each commitment embodies deeply held beliefs regarding the relationship of public educators to their students, their communities and the world at large. Our vision for TIP-SCAN is to bring together educators and communities to construct approaches to education that reflect these commitments.  

 What emerges from TIP-SCAN will reflect the unique features and needs of each community. It will not be a one-size-fits-all approach or model.  By setting out a bold vision and expectations, TIP-SCAN seeks to lift up courageous leaders, educators, students, and community members and to share examples of what is possible through transformation in varied educational settings and community contexts.

TIP-SCAN will evolve through three phases:

Phase I - Network Design (May - December 2020)

This phase involved the design of TIP-SCAN by a team that included TIP members and staff along with state and national partners. Concurrently, TIP districts began preparing for being a part of TIP-SCAN by participating in transformation sessions and related coaching as well as paideia seminars tailored for their district leaders/educators to engage in the mindset for transformation.

Phase II - Design for TIP Communities (2021-22)

In this phase, TIP leaders/educators and their communities are engaging deeply with the commitments to equity, learner-centered transformation and open design in order to create local plans and strategies for implementation in Phase III. This phase is tailored to each TIP community, reflecting the progress already made towards these three commitments so that the focus and duration of the planning stage is unique to each local context.

Phase III - Implementation (2023-)

TIP members in this Phase will implement strategies that fully incorporate equity, learner-centered transformation, and transparent, open design processes. If a plan developed in the design phase meets these commitments, TIP-SCAN will assist the TIP member in securing the resources necessary to effectively implement the plan, or some components of the plan if it is a broad, systems-wide transformation. This phase, with its focus on iterative design in a transparent, open process, will last one to three years.

Throughout this process, TIP-SCAN will reflect with its members, the State Board of Education, and its partners on key findings in the design and implementation of transformative approaches as it relates to the three commitments. The outcome of these processes bears on the right secured by the North Carolina Constitution of an equal opportunity to a sound, basic education. TIP-SCAN will focus on effective strategies, needed resources, and removal of state-level barriers that could be incorporated into the State’s plans in the ongoing Leandro litigation to meet constitutional requirements.

Transformation Sessions

The Three Commitments of TIP-SCAN

Session 1: Learner-Centered Education Paradigm

Tuesday, June 23 | 2:00 p.m.

TIP-SCAN is first and foremost a project of hope: we believe that we can create a model that takes a learner-centered approach to achieving equity in public education. Our national partner, Education Reimagined, will introduce the five concepts used to build a transformative learner-centered education system: (1) competency-based; (2) relevant, personalized and contextualized; (3) learner agency; (4) socially embedded; and (5) open-walled.


  • Kelly Young, President, Education Reimagined


  • Dr. Randy Bridges, President, Creative Education Solutions
  • Larry Leverett, Managing Director, New Jersey Network of Superintendents
  • Michael Soguero, Professional Development Consultant, Education Reimagined


  • Steven LaFemina, Partner, TNTP

Session 2: A Full Perspective of Equity

Tuesday, June 30 | 2:30 p.m.

A learner-centered paradigm inherently addresses equity in its focus on creating opportunities for each student to thrive. This session takes a hard look at equity in order to build a robust framework for providing an equity lens for all decision-making. As a part of an approach of courageous leadership, we will discuss systemic inequalities and structural racism. We also want to create space to consider needs reeds created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Sterling E. Freeman and Kathleen E. Crabbs, Co-Founders and Principals, CounterPart Consulting


  • Dr. Tony Jackson, Superintendent, Vance County Schools; 2020 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year
  • Dr. Patrice Faison, Principal, Carver Heights Elementary School, Wayne County Schools; 2012 North Carolina Principal of the Year


  • Steven LaFemina, Partner, TNTP

Session 3: Transformation by Design

Thursday, July 9 | 2:00 p.m.

Design principles are a part of the process of transforming to a learner-centered education system. Rather than a cookie-cutter approach, utilizing design principles helps to ensure that the plan reflects the aspirations of educations, learners, and the community. TIP members can use these tools in their crisis management and strategic planning over the summer and begin to prepare for participating in Phase II of TIP-SCAN when they are invited to be a part of a network engaging in this design process.


  • Jeff Wetzler, Co-Founder, Transcend


  • Dr. Valerie Bridges, Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools
  • Erin Swanson, Director of Innovation, Edgecombe County Public Schools
  • William P. Jackson, Chief Dreamer, Village of Wisdom


  • Steven LaFemina, Partner, TNTP


School District Models to Support Learner-Centered Education Systems

Session 4: District Model: Hub of the Community

Tuesday, July 14 | 2:00 p.m.

For a learner-centered approach to be truly transformative for a community, a district must reimagine itself as the hub of the community. This will look different for each district. This session will explore different approaches to serving as the hub of the community.


  • Ann McColl, President, Co-Founder, TIP


  • Dr. Kaleb Rashad, Educator | Designer | Abolitionist | Emerging Farmer
  • Dierdra Reed, Policy and Advocacy Partner, TNTP
  • Dr. Lynn Moody, Superintendent, Rowan-Salisbury School System

Session 5: District Model: Flexible Schooling

Thursday, July 16 | 2:00 p.m.

A learner-centered approach embraces learning opportunities outside of traditional classrooms and buildings. As more boutique, flexible schooling models emerge, they raise equity concerns regarding access and meeting the needs of all learners. We’ll highlight emerging trends in micros-schools, homeschool hybrids, flexible hour schools and other niche schools.


  • Ann McColl, President, Co-Founder, TIP


  • Dr. Sterling E. Freeman, Co-Founder and Principal, CounterPart Consulting
  • Kelly Young, President, Education Reimagined
  • Dr. Kim Morrison, Superintendent, Mt. Airy City Schools

Session 6: District Model: Technology and Digital Inclusion to Support LearnerCentered System

Tuesday, July 21 | 2:00 p.m.

We will explore how a strategic focus on use of technology can strengthen a learner-centered approach with an equity lens of addressing gaps in availability/accessibility of technology and broadband access. Apple will share global trends and developments during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Laurie Doering, Superintendent and Mike Hoffman, Associate Superintendent, Crane Schools in Arizona
  • Tiffany Hooks, Principal, Tuskegee Public School (Alabama)

Educators as Partners in Transformation

Session 7: The Local Board of Education's Role

Tuesday, July 28 | 2:00 p.m.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, local boards have faced numerous challenges, including budget decisions, calendar changes, and fundamental policy decisions for the district. How, in the midst of all of this work, does the local board also engage in this transformative work around equity and learner-centered design? The local board is also a part of an open, transparent design process. What is the role of the board in providing a voice for the community and connecting with community leaders? We will discuss these issues in context of current issues facing districts this summer as well as an approach for moving forward with a learner-centered approach to equity.


  • Dr. Randy Bridges, President, Creative Education Solutions


  • Keith Sutton, Chairman, Wake County Schools Board of Education
  • Kevin Jones, Chairman, Rowan-Salisbury School System Board of Education

Session 8: Educators as Partners in Transformation

Thursday, July 30 | 2:00 p.m.

In the pandemic, teachers have necessarily shifted to more learner-centered approaches and have experienced the equity challenges in meeting the needs of children. In this session, we will discuss how we harness this information and engage teachers in a meaningful way in the design process as a school/district shift to a learner-centered paradigm. TIP districts that choose to participate in the second phase of TIP-SCAN will be creating design teams that include educators.


  • Steven LaFemina, North Carolina Regional Partner for TNTP


  • Freebird McKinney, Director of Legislative Affairs and Community Outreach for the North Carolina State Board of Education
  • Mariah Morris, Innovation and Special Projects Coordinator, Moore County Schools
  • Jason Terrell, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Profound Gentlemen

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