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Tech Report  May 1, 2021

Scaling Up Coolthink@JC Implementation Study Baseline Report

SRI Authors Katrina Laguarda, Linda Shear, Satabdi Basu, Haiwen Wang

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Laguarda, K., Shear, L., Basu, S., & Wang, H. (May, 2021). Scaling Up CoolThink@JC Implementation Study Baseline Report. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.

Abstract

CoolThink@JC aims to nurture students’ proactive use of technologies for social good from a young age, preparing them for a fast-changing digital future through hands-on, minds-on, and joyful learning experiences. After a successful pilot in 32 schools, CoolThink’s co-creators, led by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HKJC), have undertaken an ambitious initiative to take CoolThink to scale within Hong Kong, supporting high-quality adoption in 200 primary schools and laying a foundation throughout the system for more widespread adoption. By demonstrating success at scale, CoolThink partners hope to create a new paradigm for CTE at the upper primary level that will serve as an international model for other cities and states.

To capture the lessons learned from this effort, HKJC has engaged SRI International to study the implementation of CoolThink at scale. This implementation study will:

  • Assess the extent to which schools’ adoption of CoolThink is consistent with the initiative’s design principles and sustained over time,
  • Identify the conditions that support or impede successful adoption at the classroom and school levels, and
  • Validate an implementation model that will help interested stakeholders to learn from CoolThink’s scaling experience.

CoolThink partners began scaling CoolThink in summer 2020, when a third cohort of 47 schools joined the first two pilot cohorts in teaching CoolThink lessons. Drawing on data from teacher and school leader surveys administered between November 2020 and January 2021, this baseline report sets the context for the rollout of CoolThink in Cohort 3 schools.

This report is the first in a series from an implementation study being conducted by SRI International (SRI). The purpose of the study is to help stakeholders understand how CoolThink is taking shape in classrooms, schools, and systems, and to offer models for other initiatives as they seek to go to scale. This baseline report, based on surveys of school leaders and teachers prior to their implementation of CoolThink, focuses on conditions for success.

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