Catalyst Innovation Lab
Catalyst Innovation Lab fellows participate in eight sessions throughout the year. Most sessions include guest members who bring a variety of experiences and expertise from across the education divide. Past Guest Members have been educators and lecturers from surrounding colleges, members of the MA4EC Alliance, and a number of OneGoal senior staff members.
2022 Session Descriptions
Session 1: “The Kickoff” Introduction to the Catalyst Innovation Lab
In this session, participants will meet their fellow cohort members, review the program material and get an early taste of what this year’s discussions will bring. The cohort will also create shared norms of engagement, set expectations for the space and begin setting the stage for the projects they would like to work on throughout this year.
Session 2: “Social Justice In Education”
In this session, participants will discuss the benefit, or the lack thereof, of incorporating social justice principles, and discussions of social justice inside and outside the classroom.
Session 3: “What is the Cost of a Degree”
In this session, participants will explore the economic, social, emotional and psychological costs of a degree. As educators, or those working within education, we know the value of a degree all too well, but we will encourage participants to think critically about the tangible and intangible cost of a degree to students and their families.
Session 4: The Massachusetts Early College Initiative
In this session, participants will discuss the Massachusetts Early College initiative.
Session 5: “Take Your Pick”
This session topic will be selected from participant recommendations, the topic will be revealed at the end of session three.
Note: Session five’s topic will be revealed at the end of session three, so be sure to recommend topics between sessions one and two.
Session 6: “The Closeout”
As this inaugural cohort concludes, this session will be dedicated to reflection, coming back to discussions that may still feel unfinished – a chance for cohort members to consider why we started this journey and where we ended.
Session 7: Networking Social Event
This is an optional networking event for all participants; the date (likely June/July 2023), time and location are currently TBD. At this event, we will be joined by OneGoal Staff and other community members.