1. INNOVATION COMES FROM ANYWHEREIt can come from the top down as well as bottom up, and in the places you least expect.
An administration that empowers the community in which they serve and cultivates an environment of shared decision making and leadership can facilitate a climate of innovation. It is imperative that a school's administration create a atmosphere that is not only safe to take risks and try new things but that it is encouraged. Participation of all stakeholders can yield ideas from a large range of perspectives and fuel positive educational transformations.
2. FOCUS ON THE USER
Worry about the money later, when you focus on the user, all else will follow.
The "money" of education is academic achievement and is usually measured in grades. Rather than focusing on what will make our students successful in the real world, many educational institutions get hyper-focused on the standardized test scores. My contention is this; put the focus in education on developing in students the skills that matter in the real world (Top 10 Things Employers Look for in New College Graduates) and provide an environment that enables them to learn content and skills in authentic ways (Edutopia Project-Based Learning). If we do that effectively the "money" will come. Of course, authentic measurement would be helpful as well :-/
3. AIM TO BE TEN TIMES BETTERIf you come into work thinking that you will improve things by ten percent, you will only see incremental change. If you want radical and revolutionary innovation, think 10 times improvement, and that will force you to think outside the box.
A veteran teacher I once worked with had been in the same grade level for about 8 years. Each year she used the same materials and taught the same units the same way. She really did not have 8 years of experience; she had 1. She had simply taught it for 8 years. When this mentality permeates a school (or individual classroom) we may find that we get into the rut of doing the same things year over year even if they are ineffective or irrelevant. If we as individuals and members of a school organization commit to finding ways to be better, our students will reap the benefits. We should set that bar high!