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Cultivating Leadership in Education



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How might we cultivate leadership in the HK education space? How might we strengthen the coherence & collaboration within it?


CATALYST Education Lab (CEL), a HK education non-profit, is looking to convene ~20-40 education leaders serving the secondary school space both within & outside schools (“Shapers”) to join the new “Cultivating Leadership in Education” initiative, which works towards fostering growth in the whole education ecosystem.


In this one-year leadership development experience, shapers will co-learn & co-inspire via a four-phase journey:

1. Orientation & Goal Setting – identify specific leadership & education areas to share & explore

2. Boston Study Trip – gain inspiration via 5-day HBS On-campus Training & other exposure visits

3. Local Exchanges – translate ideas into actions via Learning Circles

4. Consolidation & Share-outs – summarise reflections & takeaways for follow-up actions/collaborations


Three key elements will be embedded to stimulate Shapers on how to better think, discuss & collaborate: Leadership Coaching (peer & professional), Harvard Case Method & Compassionate Systems Leadership.


Alongside other passionate Shapers, CEL is keen to break silos to cultivate system leadership, unleash local insight & experience within the leaders, as well as co-build a sustainable learning community!

More About the Initiative

Guiding Philosophy

CLE: Guiding Philosophy

Target Audience

Our goal is to convene ~20-40 education leaders to form the CLE Shaper Community:

  • Education leaders serving the secondary school space

  • Working either within or outside schools

    • “Within”: Principals & Vice Principals

    • “Outside”: Leaders who are actively supporting school leaders (e.g. leaders from foundations, NGOs, School Sponsoring Body, research institutes, school consultants)

  • Demonstrates effective leadership within their own organisation

  • Demonstrates strong commitment in serving the wider HK education community

  • Willing to assume the role of “Shapers”, i.e. not only joining as passive participants, but actively shaping the collective experience within the initiative & the wider education system 

Learning Journey Overview

CLE: Learning Journey Overview

Key Elements

CLE: 3 Key Elements

How would Shapers' Competence be developed?

CLE_Shaper Competency

Expected Deliverables to Make Learning Visible

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Associated Fee

As the convenor of the initiative, CEL will underwrite the associated fees for this 1-year initiative, and NOT charge any fees for participation. 

Shapers will only need to pay for their own flight tickets & food expenses (excluding group meals) for the Boston Study Trip (held from Apr 5 to 15, 2023).

Key Dates for Initiative

CLE: Key Dates for Initiative

Application Process

Key Dates for Application
CLE_Application Process

Should you have any enquiries, 

please contact us via email at

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