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 Connecticut Office of the Arts has been at the forefront of a national movement designed to cultivate a field of teaching artists for over 35 years. The HOT Schools Program professionally develops teaching artists in the HOT APPROACH to arts-integrated teaching practice so they may provide exceptional artistic experiences and authentically integrated curriculum to reinforce the role and power of the arts in a well-rounded education.
Teaching Artists have the opportunity to enrich their body of work through networking with peers and collaborative opportunities in schools, arts organizations and other venues to become integral partners in the HOT APPROACH. The Program has developed a Teaching Artist Professional Development Triad of experiences that begins with observation, leads to mentored experiential learning and concludes with coaching for understanding, documentation and assessment of the impact of the work of teaching artists. This is an ongoing process requiring research, commitment to learning, and collaborative effort with classroom teacher partners. Teaching Artist Mentorships echo the HOT Schools Program's commitment to unique professional development in, about and through the arts. This experiential learning opportunity deepens and strengthens the skill set and role of teaching artists.