Change education with us!


If you are a teacher of students aged 10-15,
want to put a human face back on education
and turn schools into a place children love – join our
IDS Educational Program!

Who are we?

Holistic Think Tank (HTT) is a nongovernmental organization that promotes a modern approach to education, anchored in humanistic values, putting the student and his needs at the center of the educational process.

At HTT, we are convinced that acquiring knowledge in individual subjects is only a tool for the holistic development of a person as a committed, responsible, and, above all, happy individual.

We believe that the only way to achieve this goal is through education, conducted in an interdisciplinary approach and combined with the development of social competencies such as communication, adaptability, and cooperation.

We are also convinced that the role of the school is to create favorable conditions for students development, to equip them with competencies that meet the needs of the modern world, and above all to shape attitudes that enable students to live a conscious and fulfilled life in society.

What is the IDS Educational Program?

IDS is a self-authored pedagogical concept that aims to change the way primary schools worldwide teach by introducing a holistic approach that shapes and reinforces humanistic values in students in the course of conducting subject lessons.

These values have been identified and described by HTT researchers based on international phenomenographic studies (2021-2022) in the form of the What School Ought to Teach (WSOT).

Thanks to IDS, math, history, or chemistry will be taught in the same coherent way to prepare young people for life in a changing world, teach them cooperation and critical thinking, and above all – give them the tools to find happiness and fulfillment in their adult lives.

The implementation of the Interdisciplinary School Subject in schools will contribute to a change in the role of the school, which – from a place of reproductive transmission of knowledge in the form of administration (based on a hierarchical teacher-student relationship), will become an environment promoting the individual development of each student, where they acquire knowledge and skills in an atmosphere of cooperation, trust, and respect for others.

How to join the IDS Educational Program?

We invite you to develop a series of 10 subject lessons (e.g., a thematic block within a history, math, or chemistry lesson) relating to selected values from the What Schools Ought to Teach list.

If you are interested in joining the IDS program, please email us: You will receive an application form in response.

After receiving information about the approval of your concept, you will receive an IDS lesson scenario template by email. Please fill it out and attach additional worksheets or other educational materials used during the lesson. Send the prepared scenarios to:

Conduct the planned lessons. Evaluate the course of work with students in the spirit of the IDS approach.

Share your observations and recommendations with us in the form of a report.

Remember to think creatively and use your experience. Make classes an opportunity for you and your students to build mutual relationships based on the WSOT list of values as well as a cooperative and inclusive learning environment.

What do we offer?

  1. Participation in a series of webinars and training on teaching didactics under the Interdisciplinary School Subject methodology.

2. Payment of $1,500 for the preparation of a series of 10 object lessons (including a methodological “toolbox”).

3. With the most active and innovative teachers, we anticipate establishing long-term cooperation involving, among other things, an invitation to participate in international workshops and conferences organized by HTT in Poland and abroad.


How should "interdisciplinarity" be understood? Does the lesson have to combine different fields of knowledge/teaching subjects?

Interdisciplinarity is understood as the ability to apply the same universal working methodology in the course of teaching different scientific disciplines (e.g., mathematics or history). Classes may combine content from different school subjects (e.g., physics, mathematics, and biology), but it is not necessary. The specialized content conveyed in the lessons must serve the development of at least one of the areas/learning outcomes described within the WSOT list.

Should lesson plans fit into the current curriculum in the country where I work as a teacher?

The projects should be proposals for conducting lessons in a given subject in the country where you are working as a teacher, using IDS methodology, but not replacing the content covered under the core curriculum of the subject. However, an undoubted advantage of the proposed project will be its applicability and versatility in a lesson on the given subject conducted in another country (universality).

I am a teacher of subject X, but I would like to propose a series of scenarios in subject Y. Is this possible?

We are expecting scenarios for the subjects the teacher is currently teaching.

I used to teach children aged 10-15, but I am currently teaching older students. Can I participate in the competition?

The invitation is directed exclusively to teacher-practitioners who are currently teaching students aged 10-15 and have the opportunity to put into practice the lesson scenarios they have developed.

Can I use material from existing textbooks/sources, such as YouTube, in my scenarios?

We accept the use of digital materials such as videos, photos, infographics, and others, under the condition that they do not infringe on the rights of third parties and the author can transfer full copyright to his scripts for HTT. All other materials should be the author’s content or fulfill the conditions of the law of permissible quotation.

Can an application be made by a teacher working in a private school?

The invitation is addressed to all teachers teaching children aged 10 – 15 years, regardless of the type of educational institution in which they work, i.e., public school, community school, private school, as well as online teaching.

I have developed lesson plans, some of which have already been used and/or published. Can I apply my idea?

We allow existing programs and lesson designs to be submitted, provided that full copyrights are transferred to HTT. 

HTT’s intention is to create a database of scenarios to provide teachers with a free and unlimited license (Creative Commons) to use them in educational practice.

Can a proposal be submitted by a team or a leader on the team's behalf?

This invitation is addressed to individuals only. Teams of educators are invited to follow HTT’s grant competitions.

Do you have any other questions?
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