Today was the staff retreat for the middle school staff at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School. We had the event in an art space, the Craft Alliance on Grand Avenue. They were incredible hosts, and it was great to talk about innovation and creativity in a place that embraces that spirit. The staff had an opportunity to listen to and discuss the video that are embedded below as well as report on their summer learning. We were practicing releasing our trapped wisdom into a larger audience. The teachers also had an opportunity to work for an hour with the artists-in-residence on a metals or fiber project. I left feeling blessed about the incredibly talented staff that we have, and I'm ready to work harder than ever for the kids in my middle school. Have the guts to think really big, silence the conformity, and drive the innovative spirit in your building and community every day.