Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools is a program of the Connecticut State Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of the Arts. ©2015 HOT Schools™
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The HOT Schools Continuum of Practice is a guide that helps schools identify their current depth of practice toward “becoming” a Higher Order Thinking School and to develop a plan to advance along the continuum from Arts Access, Arts Connections and Correlations, and Arts Integration.
Arts Access, where schools provide students to exposure to the arts through field trips, school or classroom visits, performances(s), “informances”(s), and/ or lecture demonstrations by artists or artist groups.
Arts Connections/Correlations, which extend Arts Access experiences and begins to make connections between the arts experiences and the curriculum.
Arts Integration, in which sequential arts learning experiences weave ideas and concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines, effectively advance knowledge and/or skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and /or skills in other disciplines.
HOT Schools recognizes the value of each point on the Continuum and that that varied conditions impact a school’s place on the continuum and its capacity to progress along it. Two key ingredients toward advancing are staff commitment and administrative support. HOT Schools believes any school can advance along the continuum if these two conditions are present.