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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HOT Schools promotes students as leaders and decision-makers. HOT Schools believes that democracy and the arts are inextricably linked. Both fundamentally involve expression. Both demand active participation in the social sphere. By demonstrating to students that they can communicate powerfully through words, images, movements, and sounds, we enhance their sense of social efficacy. HOT Schools feature strong student governments where students articulate their needs in compelling language to address real issues that bear importance in their lives and in the lives of their peers.
The HOT Schools Program convenes student representatives and student senate facilitators from each HOT School to share information and develop a statewide approach to implementing HOT school student senate and other leadership opportunities for students.
Student Senators representing 20 HOT Schools developed a process and guidelines for creating a constitution and addressing issues and ideas in their schools.