New ideas shouldn't be stifled. If we stifle innovative ideas, teachers will stop "reaching for the banana." Let's don't miss the opportunity to ask ourselves is there a different way to do things. There will be newcomers on your campus this year. We need to mentor and provide support to these newbies so we don't discourage them from reaching success. Every teacher, principal, student etc... should actively seek ideas from each other.
Be the cheerleader on campus encouraging those who want to climb the ladder (stairs). Let's take a step in the right direction this year and take a close look at our ways. Are we doing what's right for our students? Are we moving in the right direction and aligned to our goals? If we aren't aligned with our overall goals, it's time to make a change. Change is good. It's not easy, but it's good. If you are doing "things" this year solely because that's the way its always been done, then that's a sure fire way to bring your success to a standstill.