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VOICE, CHOICE, PARTICIPATION, OPPORTUNITY & RESPONSIBILITY
HOT Schools cultivate a school culture in which purposeful activities support choice, participation, connection, contribution, and responsibility to celebrate the unique voice of each member of the school community. Democratic practice gives children choices in their learning, involving them in authentic problems and projects that increase their self-directed learning. Within the school, each voice matters. By demonstrating to students that they can communicate their learning and their own ideas powerfully through words, images, movements, and sounds, we enhance their sense of social efficacy and civic involvement, strengthening our communities and our country as we educate our children.