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July 31, 2020

Envisioning Innovation in Education:

New Collaborative Project for Hong Kong Schools

CATALYST Education Lab (Hong Kong) announces a new collaborative inquiry research initiative with Project Zero, a research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA)

The Envisioning Innovation in Education research project has been established to promote and investigate the practices of inquiry, innovation, and learning design amongst a cohort of educators and a team of school principals representing a diverse array of learning environments in Hong Kong. Funded by the CATALYST Education Lab, this multi-year study endeavors to change the education landscape throughout Hong Kong by leveraging Project Zero’s long history of providing professional learning opportunities, developing innovative pedagogical frameworks, and undertaking research endeavors inclusive of collaborative inquiry. To do this work, the Envisioning Innovation in Education initiative aims to connect schools to innovations in education, inspire new approaches to practice, and ignite local and system-wide change.


Beginning in the fall of 2020, eleven schools in Hong Kong will work with CATALYST Education Lab and a Project Zero research team to explore the potential for inquiry and innovation in their work. These schools include the Chinese International School, Chinese YMCA College, Fanling Kau Yan College, HKCCCU Logos Academy, Hong Kong International School, Marymount Secondary School, Munsang College (Hong Kong Island), Salesians of Don Bosco Ng Siu Mui Secondary School, St. Francis of Assisi's College, The Harbour School, and Wah Yan College, Hong Kong.


The primary purposes of this project are to (a) seed a cohort of educators and school administrators with cutting-edge pedagogical approaches to catalyze change in teaching and learning environments, (b) scaffold educators and school administrators in developing the mindsets, dispositions, and practices that support a stance towards innovation and generative change, (c) engage principals in leading for innovation, and (d) establish a network of innovative school leaders throughout Hong Kong.


At the end of this collaborative inquiry research process, the Envisioning Innovation in Education project aims to benefit the wider education community by publicly sharing the results of this work, including: (a) a professional development toolkit for educators and school leaders; (b) a set of pictures of practice (i.e. case studies) illustrating different schools’ approaches to the challenges and opportunities of innovation and; (c) a variety of academic articles to summarize the study findings.

About CATALYST Education Lab (CEL): Founded in 2018, CEL is a Hong Kong-based non-profit which seeks to transform the education sector by facilitating professional development and change management. CEL works toward the day when the Hong Kong education system is transformed into an engine of opportunity, innovation, and excellence—so that all young people can thrive in their college, career, and life, collectively contributing towards a better world.


About Project Zero: Project Zero is a renowned educational research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA USA. Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity. Project Zero has over 50 years of experience in supporting educators in fostering deep and meaningful thinking and learning.


For more information about the Envisioning Innovation in Education project, please contact Angele Law at

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