Innovation in education is crucial because traditional practices in education are failing today's students. Couros defines innovation as "creating something new and better". Change has to address both facets of the definition. Changing to change does not produce something better for learners. The change has to make the learning go deeper/richer. The hard part is that to get to better, we have to embark on change that sometimes isn't neat. The change doesn't necessarily make us better immediately in a measurable way. However, simply initiating change can produce an energy and an idea cycle that moves the depth of learning forward in a way that cannot be predicted. And many of the changes begin as small pivots contributing to the mindset of innovation.
Many traditional classrooms require a high level of student compliance for the classroom to operate. These same classrooms are also usually teacher centered. The role a teacher plays in learning directly affects the level of ownership that a student invests in his/her own learning. I use to struggle with expecting teachers that are already good and getting measurable results to take on the risk of change. I don't struggle with that any more. I have seen the very best teachers in my building change their practices and create innovative learning experiences. They know curiousity is a necessary ingredient to make them think and go beyond what has been done in the past