Presented in collaboration with The Silk Road Project Inc.
What You Will Learn
Deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Examine the role of engagement, connections, collaborations and communities in learning.
Students bring a wealth of excitement, talent and dreams to the classroom. In order to channel these experiences into meaningful learning for the 21st century, teachers need to be able to capture these passions through proven teaching and learning techniques. The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning explores how educators can use the arts to engage students across all subjects—not only in the arts. The program explores several key questions: How can the arts foster connections between ideas, people and places to deepen learning? How can we turn learning from a requirement into a desire? How can artists collaborate with educators to design powerful learning experiences?
The program will open with a plenary session involving world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and a concert performed by the Silk Road Ensemble. During the program you will work with Harvard faculty, practitioners from the arts integration sector and Silk Road Ensemble members.
Focusing on arts integration, you will deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts, while considering issues of access and quality in the arts. You will work with artists and educators to participate in arts experiences, classroom practice workshops, panel discussions and small group sessions. Join us to experience what passion-driven learning looks like in practice.
- Examine how students can become more engaged, empathetic and responsible participants in their communities
- Understand how the arts can lead to deeper learning in other subject matter
- Identify features of strong and productive collaborations among educators, artists and community members for creating rich interdisciplinary learning opportunities
Who Should Attend
- Classroom teachers, particularly those at the middle school level
- Arts specialists
- School administrators
- Artists, teaching artists and arts administrators
Fluency in English is mandatory.
Steve Seidel is the Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Lecturer in Arts in Education and Director of the Arts in Education Masters Program at HGSE. He has worked in the areas of arts and education since 1971. With more than 15 years teaching in high schools, he joined Project Zero in 1986, working since then on projects in arts education, alternative assessment, project-based curriculum and school reform. He was lead principal investigator on The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education. Seidel currently leads the Talking with Artists Who Teach study and is an International Research Fellow at the Tate Museums in London.
Tina Blythe, Adjunct Lecturer on Education, HGSE; Education Advisor, Silk Road Connect; Director of Faculty Development, Boston Architectural College
Members of the Silk Road Ensemble including:
- Shane Shanahan
- Mike Block
- Nick Cords
- Sandeep Das
- Haruka Fujii
- Johnny Gandelsman
- Colin Jacobsen
- Yo-Yo Ma
- Kevork Mourad
- Cristina Pato
- Kojiro Umezaki
The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning is an application based program. To maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible. Applicants are responsible for submitting supplemental materials with their online application. You will be asked to provide your personal profile and institutional information to complete the application process.
Please upload a single document addressing the following items (A and B). Save files in the following format: LASTname_FIRSTname_APL2013 (Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word document only).
A. Background and Interest (Mandatory for all program applicants)
- Describe your professional background and state your learning objectives for participating in The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning. Be sure to include a description of your level of experience with arts integration (e.g. number of units/projects or number of years) so that we can plan a program that engages participants at all levels. (maximum 300 words)
- If you are applying with a team or group from your district or organization, please list the names of those who wish to attend with you.
B. Financial Aid (Optional)
Tuition for The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning program is $975. To attract as diverse a group of participants as possible, The Silk Road Project Inc. will offer need-based financial aid for those admitted to the program. Limited financial aid is available to support tuition fees and/or travel costs. Since demand for financial support usually exceeds the supply of available resources, we urge applicants and sponsoring schools/districts/institutions to limit requests to the minimum amount necessary to attend the program. This approach will enable SRPI to distribute awards as widely and equitably as possible.
- Describe any circumstances that affect your school/district/organization's ability to support your participation. Also describe any efforts that have been undertaken to secure support from local foundations, agencies, community organizations, or other outside sources. (maximum 250 words)
- Please indicate the amount of financial aid requested for tuition support, the amount of financial aid requested for travel support and identify who will pay the balance of the fee.
The comprehensive program fee includes tuition, all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.
Payment is due within 30 days of acceptance into the program. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses and should reserve at least two nights accommodation for this program.
Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Detailed program information and accommodation options will be provided to all admitted participants. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.
Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-institute preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.