Past Event

International Forum on Holistic Education

November 6, 2021
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM



Time: November 6, 8:30AM (Beijing) | November 5, 8:30PM (New York)

Teachers College, Columbia University has long been committed to deepening and promoting the concept and practice of holistic education. Driven by social and technological transformations, we have observed that more and more schools and organizations around the world are beginning to implement the concept of holistic education and have achieved gratifying results.

Please join the Center on Chinese Education at Columbia University's Teachers College, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, and Peking University Education Foundation (North America) for the International Forum on Holistic Education. The forum will feature world-renowned scholars including Prof. John P. Miller, author of Holistic Curriculum (1988), as well as education specialists from the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, Beijing Normal University, the National Institute of Education Sciences (China), and principals from selective schools.

Through this forum, we hope to expound on the latest research and practice in the field of holistic education, explore valuable experiences of implementing holistic education at schools, and cultivate the ecological environment for the long-term development of holistic education.



8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. | Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Henry Levin, World-Renowned Education Economist; William Heard Kilpatrick Professor Emeritus of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Former President of Comparative and International Education Society
  • Dr. Henan Cheng, Deputy Director, Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Helena Xiao, Associate Director, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

8:40 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. | Keynote Speech 1
--International Research and Practice of Holistic Education

  • Dr. John Miller, World-Leading Expert on Holistic Education, Professor, OISE, University of Toronto

9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. | Keynote Speech 2
--UN Goals and Experience in Promoting Holistic Education Internationally

  • Dr. Haogen Yao, UNICEF
  • Bassem Nasir, UNICEF

9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. | Panel discussion: International Principal Dialogue
--Opportunities and Challenges for the Development of Holistic Education Schools in a New Era

  • Jodi Grass, Principal, Oak Grove School founded by Krishnamurti
  • Cheng-hsiung Huang, Principal, Taiwan Miaoli Holistic Middle School
  • Zewu Li, Principal, Chengdu Waldorf School

10:20 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Keynote Speech 3
--The Reflections on Recent Trends of Holistic Education in China

  • Baocun Liu, Director, Institute of Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University

10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. | Keynote Speech 4
--Holistic Education Under the "Double Reduction” Policy

  • Dr. Zhaohui Chu, Researcher, National Institute of Education Sciences

11:10 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. | Q&A

11:25 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Closing Remarks


  • Event language: English & Mandarin, simultaneous interpretation available
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]