I believe creating a safe risk-taking environment is the first step to innovation. Rituals such as morning meeting and closing circles (Responsive Classroom, RC) help to build community. While RC is geared for elementary, the ritual of meeting as a class at the start and end of the day is beneficial for all ages. When you build the community first then students feel safe to try new things, express their ideas, and accept help from peers. This sense of working together and non-judgement helps innovation come to life. Another ritual I feel is an important part of innovation is Genius Hour.