The idea of the Passion Project was inspired by Valley New School in Appleton, Wisconsin. The learners there do this type of learning all day every day for their curriculum; therefore, I had to adapt it to fit the schedule and needs of my school and core vision. The first go through of this project is ‘guided.’ From there, the process can be repeated for all projects and less instruction is needed as the learners to repeat the process multiple times. The number one item you start with is passion. What is it and how can I create a project from it? This really ignites the entire project. The whole project is in 6 phases. These phases are proposal, research, planning, production, pre-assessment, and assessment. There are deadlines for each phase. At the end of each phase, there is a meeting between teacher and learner to access the standards being covered in each phase on a rubric. All work is kept in an organized binder. Learners are also required to take these binders home periodically to review with parents; many of the phases require parent feedback or a signature of approval. The state standards covered in this particular passion project are 9 English standards, but the learners are required to identify other standards that are naturally being covered in their project. Although I can’t assess these other standards (I don’t know much about world-languages), its purpose is for the learners to see that learning is naturally cross-curricular; that subject areas should melt into one another and this is what makes the learning powerful, meaningful, and authentic. As learners work through and approach the 6th and final phase, they have an end goal of presenting their findings at a learning exposition where the community is invited to share in their celebration of learning!