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.

Using a collaborative inquiry approach to research, the goal of the study 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, the researchers, educators and school principals will envision the “what” and “why” of innovation in education, and develop the “how” of generative change by identifying and developing a set of inquiry skills educators will need to pursue innovative projects.


About the Program

With the long-term mission of catalysing change in the Hong Kong education landscape, CEL is working with PZ researchers to initiate the Envisioning Innovation in Education program with the aim to foster opportunities for Hong Kong educators’ to learn about and develop a disposition towards innovation to educate for the future. This research initiative is based on:

  • Three-part process for change: envision what innovative education for the future might look like, inquire about existing teaching and learning environments that successfully emphasize innovative approaches, build tools and case studies for supporting educators innovative capacities, and experiment with new approaches by pursuing innovative projects.

  • Two inquiry teams: 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 oversight and 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)

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

Q2. Innovation - How do you define innovation?

Q3. Project Scope - What is your expectation of the scope and scale of the project from each school?

Q4. Progress & Impact Evaluation - How would participating schools go by evaluating progress and impact?

Q5. Other teachers’ involvement - Are there opportunities in which teachers beyond the Teacher Cohort can benefit?

Q6. 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?

Q7. 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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