We believe educators have the potential to innovate almost every aspect of student learning in their schools and need support from administrators and policymakers to realize that potential. Given the premium put on innovation in most other aspects of our lives – in business, technology, and other crucial fields – its role in public education should be equally as important. For many years, the main model for school improvement was based on compliance through high stakes testing and accountability. Yet, there is another model that education leaders and policymakers could pursue and that is encouraging teachers and schools to create innovate approaches to pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, school design, governance, scheduling, and relationships.

Our goals are to bring together policymakers, educators, and business representatives to identify innovations in NC schools along with the barriers to implementation and to build support for school improvement via innovation. We are building on these goals to emphasize the importance of creating an infrastructure to support innovation. We highlight innovative programs and practices from across the state, providing the opportunity to brainstorm collectively solutions to problems of practice through design thinking. We hope educators will iterate and implement these innovations in their classrooms and schools and communities.

Perspective | Transforming school culture with and for our students, schools, and communities

Perspective | Redesigning school in Caldwell County

Perspective | Redefining the box: A systemic approach to retaining effective educators

Perspective | The key ingredient for innovation

Perspective | Why innovation should be central to school improvement

How a Principal of the Year runs a school

Innovating with students: The North Phillips School of Innovation

Balancing equity and innovation: An educational moral imperative

Beyond the classroom walls: Service learning at New Hanover High

Educators gather to discuss making innovation a priority in schools

Advanced teaching roles: Extending the reach of excellent teachers (while keeping them in the classroom)

Man’s best friend? No. Students’ best friend

We Drive It: Inside the North Phillips School of Innovation

How public school educators built a radically innovative school

First look: Remotely located teacher leadership

Union County Public Schools: A culture of innovation

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