Envisioning Innovation in Education



Beginning in July 2020, CATALYST Education Lab (CEL) will engage with Project Zero (PZ), a globally renowned research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), on a three-year study entitled "Envisioning Innovation in Education" (EIE). Eleven secondary schools from Hong Kong have already been recruited to join the Study.

The goal of this collaborative inquiry is to further promote and investigate the practices of inquiry, innovation, and learning design amongst a cohort of educators and a team of school principals in Hong Kong. Together, they will envision the “what” and “why” of innovation in education, and develop the “how” of generative change through the development of inquiry skills and the pursuit of innovative projects.


About the Program

With the long-term mission of catalysing change in the Hong Kong education landscape, CEL is initiating the Envisioning Innovation in Education program with the aim to foster Hong Kong educators’ disposition towards innovation to educate for the future. This initiative is based on: 

  • Three-part process for change: envision what innovative education for the future might look like, inquire about their existing teaching and learning environments, and experiment with new approaches by pursuing innovative projects.

  • Two strands of inquiry: a teacher cohort (composed of 4-6 educators and school administrators at each participating school) and a principal cohort (from each school)

  • A collaborative inquiry protocol: educators will meet regularly as study groups and also as a full learning community to systematically examine their practice and interventions, look collaboratively at documentation, provide mutual support, and strategize for next steps 

  • Ongoing facilitation from PZ research team: a wide variety of onsite, offsite and online interactions will be employed (incl. workshops, interviews, classroom observations)

Beyond building the innovation capability of the participating schools, this program will work towards building a professional development toolkit, a set of case studies, and a variety of documentation to share the study findings for the benefit of the wider education community.


Frequently-asked Questions (FAQ)

A. Project Initiation

Q1. Similar Experience - Has this program been done in previous years with other schools/in other countries?

Q2. Innovation - How do you define innovation?

B. Target Audience

Q3. Involvement of primary school - Is this Study only for secondary school? Can a school involve it’s primary school teachers?

Q4. Member Selection - How should a school identify members of the Teacher Cohort?

Q5. Member Change - What will happen if schools have to change a Teacher Cohort member during the three years? Or have a change in the Teacher Cohort Leader or school principal?

Q6. Associated Fee Apart from the HK$48,000 fee per year, are there any fees that a school will need to bear?

Q7. Termination of Partnership - What will happen if a school does not wish to complete the three years of study.

C. Study Details

Q8. Project Scope - What is your expectation of the scope and scale of the project from each school?

Q9. Language - Do all interactions related to this Study need to be in English?

Q10. Progress & Impact Evaluation - How should participating schools go by evaluating progress and impact?

Q11. Recognition - Is there any recognition available to recognize involved individuals’ or schools’ participation & commitment?

D. Other Stakeholders of the School


Q12. Other teachers’ involvement - Are there opportunities in which teachers beyond the Teacher Cohort can benefit?

Q13. Sharing progress with other stakeholders in school - Besides the study group and the principal cohort, how would other stakeholders in the school be informed/involved in the process?

Q14. Student Voice - How is student feedback incorporated across all phases of the project?

About the Research Group: Project Zero (PZ)

PZ is a renowned educational research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) with the mission to understand and enhance learning, thinking as well as creativity.

PZ has over 50 years of experience in supporting educators in fostering deep meaningful thinking and learning. Recent examples include “Creating Communities of Innovation” (UAE) and “Agency by Design: Early Childhood in the Making” (HK).


For more details, visit: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/

Should you have any enquiries, 

please contact us via email at info@celhk.org.

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