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School Culture of Innovation

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist … using technologies that haven’t yet been invented … in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” —Richard Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton

These words are a call to action for schools to develop and adopt new practices necessary to stay relevant to students who live in a rapidly changing world. This culture of innovation develops in the same way as any other component of school culture; it must be communicated intentionally and fostered. Such culture also is valued highly by teachers; research shows that teachers consider professional learning opportunities to be one of the most important elements of school success.