Most school leaders expect teachers to grow, to improve, and to innovate. However, most teachers don’t feel comfortable with innovation when they don’t have clear expectations to guide them. School leaders also need to be careful about encouraging innovation without clear guidelines because teachers may inadvertently get lost in the complex maze of federal, state and district policies that govern almost every aspect of education.
Teachers and administrators often blame one another for the failure to innovate. But the solution largely lies in clear communication between both parties.