Catalyst Lab Innovation Program (CLIP)

The Catalyst Lab is the Department of Education's own innovation and design-thinking hub.

We empower schools and communities to lead innovation. We do this in the following ways.

Innovation incubator

We ask teachers for their ideas on how to improve future-focused learning and better prepare our students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. We then support teachers through a structured innovation and design-thinking process.

Teachers are matched with innovation experts to rapidly test, validate and refine their ideas.

Scale-up - Edumap and Uppley projects

Two high-quality teacher-led concepts from the innovation incubator have been further developed into products for use in NSW schools. To achieve this, the Scale-up stream brings together the expertise of teachers, innovation experts, project managers, digital product developers and designers. The team works closely with schools across the state, and draws upon evidence and research from subject matter experts across the globe.

Edumap is an applied learning pedagogy and digital platform now being used in primary schools, that supports teachers to create and deliver high quality programs. Starting as an idea from teachers at Campbelltown East Public School, Edumap has grown into a comprehensive solution that enables teachers to efficiently plan and deliver engaging high-quality applied learning programs and lessons in a number of key learning areas, embedded in the NSW syllabus.

Edumap promotes deep and authentic learning by engaging students and teachers through applied learning, connecting curriculum to real-world contexts. Through the digital platform, teachers can access, customise, or create programs, lessons and resources.

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Uppley is an evidence-based pedagogical model and digital platform now being used in high schools, that supports teachers to explicitly teach critical skills such as critical and creative thinking embedded in the NSW syllabus. Starting as an idea from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and Canley Vale High School, Uppley supports teachers to teach these skills, and helps students to articulate them and reflect on their learning journey and growth.

Uppley’s pedagogy includes three domains of skills, incorporating a whole student approach:

  • Ways of Thinking – critical and creative thinking
  • Ways of Working – working independently or collaboratively, as well as communication skills
  • Ways of Being – awareness, purpose and growth.

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Partnerships powered by Catalyst Lab

Powered by Catalyst Lab is our in-house innovation consultancy. Tackling the issues that can't be solved through business as usual, we partner with colleagues in the department and across NSW government to develop solutions to policy and strategy challenges.

We work closely with our partners to understand objectives and scope, and to co-design innovation pathways best suited to individual needs.

Catalyst Lab Academy

We will be upskilling teachers, school leaders and colleagues in education in innovation and design thinking.

Using best-practice principals in human-centred design, a prototype model has been co-created with teachers, school leaders and representatives from the department. It will be tested and piloted in schools and relevant department colleagues in 2020.

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