Holistic Think Tank Summit
4-5 March 2023

Ohio State University, Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio

What if our schools built courses that stretched beyond the silos of the classroom and holistically engaged youth? This is the goal of our upcoming conference: to bring together teachers, administrators, and students to discuss how we can promote meaningful, cross-curricular learning experiences that challenge and engage our students.

Featuring Prof. Pasi Sahlberg, a fierce advocate of hands-on, interdisciplinary learning in the Finnish system, we will showcase a full outline of our open-access Interdisciplinary School Subject, a cross-curricular framework and lesson database primarily aimed at ages 10-15.

  • In the morning, join Pasi Sahlberg in a call to action for rethinking curriculum, followed by various hands-on presentations by Holistic Think Tank partner organizations on resources pertaining to interdisciplinary learning. These awesome resources will be available to pilot within K-12 schools!
  • In the afternoon, we’ll host interactive sessions and workshops on international interdisciplinary learning and opportunities for everyone to get involved. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with others and develop action plans for their own classrooms. In addition, presenters will talk about education reform efforts in Poland and the United States.
  • And at the end of the day, we will have an open discussion to reflect on the day’s activities, share ideas, and build a network of collaborative educators.
  • Prof. Pasi Sahlberg is a professor of education policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and a former senior specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC, director general of the Ministry of Education in Finland, and a visiting professor at Harvard University.

He has gained working knowledge in over 60 countries worldwide, and his book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” has won many awards and, even more important, has inspired thousands of educators around the world.