Our traditional educational system, developed from an industrial model that emphasizes conformity and standardization over rapid prototyping and innovation, is not serving students in a way that today’s global challenges demand. It’s not just high-tech growth industries that demand cutting-edge, creative thinkers and problem solvers, but most jobs in today’s global, information-based economy. Disruptive technologies from the business community (think Airbnb, Lyft, Tesla, etc.) highlight how our world is changing at an explosive rate - all while many of our schools remain frozen in time. That must change as we shift the emphasis from control, conformity, and narrowly defined measures of student success that have all but lost their relevance to environments where a culture of constant innovation thrives. Where every student, teacher, administrator, and stakeholder routinely uses Design Thinking to nimbly develop, analyze, and scale customized solutions to the needs of the local learning community. In this way, innovative teaching and learning practices such as Problem and Project-Based Learning, Competency Based Learning, flexible scheduling, and and the like are adapted to meet individual student needs as part of an Open Way Learning framework. When used effectively - and especially when used in concert - such innovations provide a step-change in student-driven creativity, engagement, and real-world problem solving. . Other education stakeholders, especially classroom teachers, can use the innovation mindset as a way to constantly reflect on their practice, look for ways to quickly learn and grow, and then take a “fail forward” approach to solving messy problems faster and better than they ever would have in a closed, traditional model.