The Silk Road Project

Annual Report FY13

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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 PASSION-DRIVEN LEARNING

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