It talks about the attitude that must surround innovation if it is to flourish and to be drawn out. Administrators must meet innovation with the spirit of "OK, let's get this done" vs "I'm sorry these are rough financial times, just can't see how we can do that." They must also trust their teachers enough to allow them to try new things...even if some of the innovations will fail.
I just ran into one of my daughter's 5th grade teacher. We were talking about that little neighborhood elementary school...probably THE best school I've seen. It was small but extremely focused. Focused on getting better; promoting student learning; empowering both teacher and students along the way. Why? One reason---the principal, Cindy Anderson. Probably the best principal I've watched in action. She knew her kids, she knew her teachers and she managed parents (of which I was one) to support and stay out of the way. When my kids enrolled almost 1/2 of the students were free, reduced lunch and yet it ranked in the top 3 elementaries out of more than 40.
This article could have been written about Cindy Anderson's way of running an innovation, creative student friendly place to learn and grow it. I'm not sure how it would have fared under No Child Left Behind. I can tell you that the room she gave to the teachers to innovation impacted my three children as they went through that wonderful little school...to this very day they use what they learned. My oldest daughter just used what her 5th grade teacher taught about Bloom's to construct more effective genetics lectures for first year grad students and my son the "sloppy copy vs final copy" editing he learned in K-1 that will get this master's thesis written this year. Such longterm impact these teachers had when the principal trusted them to innovate and be excellent. We should all have the chance to work in these kinds of buildings.