OneGoal Massachusetts

Catalyst Innovation Lab

The Problem

Across the country and in Massachusetts, high school and college students are not experiencing education access equitably. These inequities are often rooted in disparities across income level, race, language barriers, levels of ability, and geography. All students are not being given a fair shot. It’s time for the education sector to change, and we won’t get there taking the same approaches that got our education system to this place.

The Vision

At OneGoal we know the ideas are out there, but we also know there is not always a space to have out-of-the-box, transformational conversations. We believe every student deserves equitable access and support to achieve their greatest postsecondary aspirations. With this in mind, we are excited to convene the inaugural Catalyst Innovation Lab.
The Catalyst Innovation Lab is designed to be an ongoing space of dialogue within our OneGoal community. Our goal is to hold space for provocative, innovating, and continuous dialogue regarding systemic, and institutional changes as students transition from high school to college.

The Catalyst Innovation Lab is designed to be a space of creation, and reconstruction. In this space, we hope to reimagine an education system that meets the needs of the most marginalized, and the most underrepresented students. We hope that through this collaborative engagement our participants can network, and bring new innovative ideas to and from their respective institutions.

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Our Community Members

The ideal candidate can commit to six virtual one-hour sessions throughout the course of one year, beginning in September and ending in June. Their professional background includes several years’ experience within the education sector, including decision-making, teaching, researching, etc, within the higher education or secondary education sectors. They are ready to engage in conversation, they are enthusiastic about creating change, and they are ready and able to think creatively about solutions that benefit all students.

Applicant Profile

  • School/District-based stakeholders
  • College staff/faculty/ administrative members
  • Education Policy advocates/ Policy thinker

The Ideal Applicant may…

  • Have ideas for how to improve education for marginalized students but has no place to discuss them
  • Be struggling to identify how to make impactful changes in education across the secondary- post secondary divide
  • Feel restless and have innovative ideas to share about education reform
  • Feel stuck trying to work within the system 

Why Join The Lab?

  • Network with leaders in the education space
  • Hold space for systems oriented dialogue
  • Work through your new ideas with differentiated perspectives
  • Collaborate across sectors- high school, college, career, etc.

Apply to join the Catalyst Innovation Lab

Program Description

The Catalyst Innovation Lab is a year long commitment from September to June that invites fellows from across the education sector to collaborate and innovate. The experience is designed to:

  • Encourage cross sector collaboration and dialogue,
  • Create space for individual leaders to refine their priorities and approach for influencing organizational change
  • Invite provocative, collaborative, and transformative dialogue needed to break down barriers impacting students in the secondary-postsecondary landscape

The Lab will host six virtual sessions throughout the year, for a group of 8-12 members. .Each session will be structured to include one hour for discussion, and 30 minutes of networking.

In addition to sessions, Catalyst members will gain access to OneGoals networks of education leaders across the state of Massachusetts and opportunities to engage with OneGoal in person or virtually.

This is the place to bring your big ideas, to join a collective dialogue, and along the way we hope to disrupt the system we are all working to reimagine.

Timeline For 2022 Applicants:

  • July 28th – August 30th: Application’s Open
  • Week of September 15th : All Applicants Notified of Decision
  • Early October: First Catalyst Innovation Lab Meeting
  • Early November: Session 2
  • End of January: Session 3
  • End February: Session 4
  • End March: Session 5
  • End April: Session 6
  • May/June: End of Year (optional/ In Person) Social Gathering

Contact Us

For general questions about the Catalyst Innovation Lab or if you have any questions as you consider applying, or wait to hear back about your application, please reach out to Sara Jean-Francois, Manager of Partnership Engagement at