Students bring excitement, talent and dreams to the
classroom. And educators need tools to help them
channel these passions into meaningful learning for
the 21st century.
Our inaugural Arts and Passion-Driven Learning
institute, which we presented in collaboration with
Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE),
collected a community of teachers, teaching artists
and school administrators to explore how the arts
can turn learning from a requirement to a desire.
With panels and workshops led by Silk Road artists
and education experts, and a forum with Yo-Yo Ma,
the institute challenged participants to examine the
role of joy in learning in and through the arts.
An Exceptional Institute
Yo-Yo Ma on Passion-Driven Learning
"I met so many passionate educators who are deeply
invested in helping their students to become well-
rounded individuals through the teaching of the
arts, and who realize the signiﬁcance of education
beyond preparation for a standardized test."
—JOANNE OLSEN, FACULTY MEMBER AND SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER