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About HOT

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), proudly presents Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools(™).

COA, Connecticut's State Arts Agency believes that arts education is essential to the creative learning process and 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 over 23 years. The HOT Approach, evolved from HOT Schools(™) has served as the genesis for developing COA's programs and services.

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 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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Peer Mediation in a Democratic Practice Setting hosted by Pleasant Valley School, South Windsor on April 27th

Participants will experience the process of training all fifth graders in peer mediation, the selection process for the official "Peer Mediators" and answer questions about some of the speed bumps and obstacles the program has faced.

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The Summer Institute 2017

The 24th Annual Summer Institute: HOT Schools STEAM - The HOT Approach Makes STEM Sizzle, will be held on July 10-14, 2017 at the Hartford Hilton. If you would like to be notified when we open the Summer Institute registration please contact us.

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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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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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