THE LEAGUE OF INNOVATIVE TEACHERS: EdSurge got a chance to slip into a fascinating brainstorming session at the Department of Education last week about what a "league of innovative teachers" might be. Among the goals is fostering teachers' spirit of innovation as well as nudging school districts into embracing and celebrating teachers with spunk. Educators at the table bemoaned the fact that creative teachers are often pressured to conform to drill-and-kill environments. (Think Peter Parker stuck at the Daily Bugle with no time to don his spidey outfit.) How could companies foster such a league? Ideas are welcome. We'll get 'em to the right ears.