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ABOUT HOT

The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), proudly presents Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools(™), a cadre of select urban, rural, and suburban schools that model best practices through the HOT Approach.

COA, Connecticut's State Arts Agency, believes that arts education is essential to the creative learning process and significantly contributes to a vibrant community. COA is dedicated to advancing the arts as an essential element of life-long learning

The Connecticut Office of the Arts has invested in HOT Schools for nearly 25 years. The HOT Approach:  Changing Instructional Practice Through Strong Arts, Arts Integration and Democratic Practice, has evolved from HOT Schools(™) and serves as the genesis for developing COA's Arts Education programs and services.  

Those interested in igniting curiosity and wonder, revolutionizing instructional practice, and transforming school culture are encouraged to observe HOT Exemplary Schools in practice and to participate in HOT professional development. 

What makes HOT Schools so Unique?

A SYNTHESIS OF 3 CORE COMPONENTS

 

Strong Arts

Strong Arts

Education in, about, and through the arts helps students develop critical thinking abilities, independent judgment and creative problem solving skills. The arts convey knowledge not learned through studying other academic disciplines and provide stimulating vehicles for children to communicate their ideas.

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Arts Integration

Arts Integration

HOT Schools defines arts integration as sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and/or concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines, effectively advancing knowledge and/or skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and/or skills in other disciplines.

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Democratic Practice

Democratic Practice

The arts provide avenues for expression in an authentic democracy. HOT Schools cultivate a school culture in which purposeful activities support choice, voice, participation, and responsibility, promoting connection and contribution to celebrate the unique voice of each member of the school community.

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Customized Professional Development (CPD)

Each CPD opportunity is designed as a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity, cultivating learning communities, understanding collaborative practice and providing educators actionable strategies and skills to address learning challenges. 

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HOT Schools Exploration Day at John Lyman School, Middlefield 

December 8, 2017   10:00AM-2:00PM

Start you visit greeted by the Hello Chorus, observe teachers integrating strong arts into the core curriculum, watch a teaching artist residency and come to our school-wide Town Meeting or ECHOs courses. Most importantly, visitors will see students who are empowered to make choices and have a voice in their learning.  

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What's Happening

View our calendar of events for upcoming public events, including Leadershops and Professional Development.

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Learn More

View the HOT Schools overview brochure for an in-depth look at our mission, core components, professional development, and strategies.

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In The News

View our latest newsletters featuring articles written by HOT School leaders, teachers, students, parents, and arts education advocates.

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Over 47 Schools Served

Over 47 Schools Served

Working with select Connecticut schools since 1994, the program has directly served over 47 schools in all congressional districts and reached over 100,000 students.

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