TIP-Solution Creators Action Network


TIP created the Solution Creators Action Network (TIP-SCAN) to provide a transformative process for its district members to help their students and communities thrive. TIP-SCAN maintains 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.  Each commitment also reflects the fundamental rights of freedom, liberty, and equal opportunity held by each person. The COVID-19 pandemic and the embedded structural racism recently exposed by the killing of George Floyd and others make these commitments more compelling and urgent.  TIP-SCAN seeks transformation through what is collectively seen as more possible in this time when systems are ripe for paradigm change.

Our vision for TIP-SCAN is to bring together educators and communities to construct approaches to education that reflect these commitments to equity, learner-centered transformation and transparent, open design.  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 uplift courageous leaders, educators, students, and community members and to share examples of what is possible in transformation in these varied educational settings.

TIP-SCAN will evolve through three phases:

Phase I - Network Design

With generous support from the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, this phase will involve the design of TIP-SCAN by a team that includes TIP members and staff along with state and national partners. Concurrently, TIP districts can begin 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

In this phase, TIP leaders/educators and their communities will engage 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 will be 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 community. TIP-SCAN intends to provide resources through partner investments to support this phase.

Phase III - Implementation

 TIP members in this Phase will implement strategies that fully incorporate equity, learner-centered transformation, and transparent, open design processes. If the plan developed in the design phase meets these commitments, TIP-SCAN intends to assist the TIP member in securing 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.

Upcoming Transformation Sessions

The Three Commitments of TIP-SCAN

Session 1: Learner-Centered Education Paradigm
Tuesday, June 23 | 2:00 p.m.

Session 2: A Full Perspective of Equity
Tuesday, June 30 | 2:30 p.m.

Session 3: Transformation by Design
Thursday, July 9 | 2:00 p.m.



School District Models to Support Learner-Centered Education Systems

Session 4: District Model: Hub of the Community
Tuesday, July 14 | 2:00 p.m.

Session 5: District Model: Flexible Schooling
Thursday, July 16 | 2:00 p.m.

Session 6: District Model: Technology & Digital Inclusion to Support Learner-Centered Systems
Tuesday, July 21 | 2:00 p.m.

Educators as Partners in Transformation

Session 7: The Local Board of Education’s Role
Tuesday, July 28 | 2:00 p.m.

Session 8: Educators as Partners in Transformation
Thursday, July 30 | 2:00 p.m.


NCSU Centennial Campus
Partners I Building
1017 Main Campus Dr., Suite 1650
Raleigh, NC 27606
Email: info@tipnc.org