HOT APPROACH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Development forms the core of the Connecticut Office of the Arts HOT APPROACH. Grounded in current research and best practices in teaching and learning, it is designed to engage arts and non-arts classroom teachers, administrators, teaching artists and parents. HOT APPROACH professional development demonstrates the value of arts integrated learning communities, fosters collaboration and provides educators actionable strategies and skills to address learning challenges, and advances learning through differentiated instruction. The HOT APPROACH cultivates higher order thinking skills and inquiry –based teaching and learning in and through the arts processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting. The HOT APPROACH provides opportunities for growth and development along the Arts Learning Continuum.

THE ARTS LEARNING CONTINUUM REFLECTS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FROM...

  • Arts Access, where schools provide students with exposure to the arts through field trips, school or classroom visits, performance(s),“informance(s),” and/or lecture demonstrations by artists or artist groups. To ...
  • Arts Connection and Correlation, which extend Arts Access experiences and begin to make connections between the arts experience and curriculum.  To ...
  • Arts Integration, which are sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and 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.

 

HOT school Events

Calendar of Public Events and Registration

Registration forms are updated weekly. You must be registered two weeks prior to the event to attend. Please contact us with questions.


2017-2018 Opportunities at a Glance

 

 

2017-2017 Professional Development Opportunities 

Jack Jackter Intermediate School
3.07.2018
You will take a tour of our building, have the opportunity to see a TAC in action, and observe classrooms as they integrate HOT Schools strategies in their everyday practice. We also plan for you to meet our Student Senators and other student leaders from around the building in an open discussion. Lastly, you will wrap-up the day by exploring our production companies. It should be a full day with something for everyone!
New Britain Museum of American Art
3.22.2018
5.02.2018
A two part workshop series offered by the Connecticut Office of the Arts - HOT Schools, supported by The Department of VSA (Vision, Strength and Artistic Expression) and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Explore a unique approach to the theory and practice of arts integration while learning new strategies to adapt teaching practice to reflect inclusion of students with all abilities. Understand Universal Design for Learning, the HOT Approach, and Multiple Intelligence Theory.
Integrated Day Charter School
3.23.2018
Visitors are welcome anytime between 8:30AM and 2:00PM for an informal exploration and observation of IDCS HOT School in action. Open spaces, numerous windows and unique wall colors contribute to a creative environment which supports a HOT School focus. Visitors are welcome to walk through the school, visiting classrooms and asking questions. There are colorful examples of artistic student work and projects are evident throughout. Arts integration units, unique student research projects and student artistic creations permeate every floor.
Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
4.05.2018
HOT Schools Exploration Days provide an opportunity to experience the HOT Approach in action. Participants are invited to observe and will be guided through the ways in which Spotlight HOT Schools structure instruction through the HOT Schools core components of strong arts, art integration and democratic practice. Spotlight HOT Schools shares the same broad goals identified in the Common Core State Standards readiness anchor standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, and HOT practices affect work habits (imagination, investigation, construction and reflection) identified by National Core Arts Standards. HOT School Exploration Days are appropriate for arts and non-arts classroom teachers, teaching artists, parents and arts organization educators.
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
4.06.2018
Pleasant Valley School's teachers are using HOT Schools strategies, Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory, and Common Core standards to bring out their students talents. In the afternoon you will see theory in action in their Enhanced Curricular HOT Opportunities (ECHO).
Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
4.20.2018
HOT Schools Exploration Days provide an opportunity to experience the HOT Approach in action. Participants are invited to observe and will be guided through the ways in which Spotlight HOT Schools structure instruction through the HOT Schools core components of strong arts, art integration and democratic practice. Spotlight HOT Schools shares the same broad goals identified in the Common Core State Standards readiness anchor standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, and HOT practices affect work habits (imagination, investigation, construction and reflection) identified by National Core Arts Standards. HOT School Exploration Days are appropriate for arts and non-arts classroom teachers, teaching artists, parents and arts organization educators.
TBD
4.25.2018
Best Practice Workshops are day-long workshops collaboratively designed, hosted, and conducted by a HOT school and HOT Schools staff to share best practices, developed and tested in HOT schools over time.
Long Wharf Theatre
5.17.2018
In HOT Schools, artists are teaching partners. The passion, commitment, and skill that artists bring to the classroom open doors to creative and critical thinking for students and teachers. HOT Schools pairs skilled teaching artists with skilled K-12 teachers to create dynamic long-term, arts-integrated, learning experiences called Teacher-Artist Collaborations (TACs).

Past Events

Long Wharf Theatre
10.05.2017
In HOT Schools, artists are teaching partners. The passion, commitment, and skill that artists bring to the classroom open doors to creative and critical thinking for students and teachers. HOT Schools pairs skilled teaching artists with skilled K-12 teachers to create dynamic long-term, arts-integrated, learning experiences called Teacher-Artist Collaborations (TACs).
Lincoln Middle School
10.20.2017
Visitors will be welcomed to observe teachers in science, writing, art, music and social studies classrooms. Join us for a multi-cultural luncheon provided by our 6th Grade families! Visitors will see science, social studies and language arts in action on both eighth grade teams. Our music department will showcase multicultural drumming. Seventh grade will feature science sleuths, technology integration with math enrichment classes and weaving poetry in a sixth grade language arts lesson. Our Media Center with showcase a reading incentive program, READ, SNAP, TOSS, WIN!
John Lyman Elementary School
10.26.2017
HOT Schools Orientation participants will experience first-hand, HOT Schools theory in action as they observe and are guided through the ways in which Lyman structures instruction through the HOT School core components of strong arts, art integration and democratic practice; providing each student with the tools to achieve high academic standards and become a creative, successful, life-long learner.
Integrated Day Charter School
11.16.2017
HOT Schools Exploration Days provide an opportunity to experience the HOT Approach in action. Participants are invited to observe and will be guided through the ways in which Spotlight HOT Schools structure instruction through the HOT Schools core components of strong arts, art integration and democratic practice. Spotlight HOT Schools shares the same broad goals identified in the Common Core State Standards readiness anchor standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, and HOT practices affect work habits (imagination, investigation, construction and reflection) identified by National Core Arts Standards. HOT School Exploration Days are appropriate for arts and non-arts classroom teachers, teaching artists, parents and arts organization educators.
John Lyman Elementary School
12.08.2017
A visitor to John Lyman School can expect to see the core components of the HOT Schools approach - strong arts, arts integration, and democratic practice - in action throughout the day. Our teachers work to integrate strong arts into the core curriculum on a regular basis, and we have multiple teaching artist residencies in all grade levels throughout the school year. We have a variety of student boards that meet regularly: Literary Board, Art Board, Student Senate, Tech Crew, and the Nature Trail Committee, just to name a few. Start you visit at John Lyman School greeted by the Hello Chorus, observe a student senate meeting, tour the school, observe teachers integrating strong arts into the core curriculum, and come to our school-wide TownMeeting Most importantly, visitors will see students who are empowered to make choices and have a voice in their learning. We are proud to be a HOT Spotlight School and look forward to sharing our practice with you.
Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
12.13.2017
Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School draws students from over 20 different districts because of their creative programming and differentiated approach to teaching and learning. This day will demonstrate their schedule in motion with an emphasis on their dedication to strong arts, creative scheduling that honors their mission that students are central to their decision making process, culminating in a Town Hall Meeting.
Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
1.12.2018
Visitors to Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts will see students learning in an arts enriched environment. Along with visiting a range of arts infused classrooms from PK4 to 8th grade, there are opportunities to visit drama classes, musical theatre, dance, stage craft, instrumental, vocal performance and/or digital theatre classes. The "familia" at Kinsella HOT School will also be providing tours, time to network and moments of inspiration as relate to strong arts, democratic practice and arts integration!
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
1.17.2018
Pleasant Valley School's teachers are using HOT Schools strategies, Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory, and Common Core standards to bring out their students talents. In the afternoon you will see theory in action in their Enhanced Curricular HOT Opportunities (ECHO). This exploration day has been cancelled due to snow.
Understand how using the Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Approach can transform school culture and impact teaching practice. Observe arts integrated co-teaching in action Gain insights into scheduling and systems designed to deepen a school's capacity for strong arts and arts integrated teaching practice Learn how musical productions can impact a school culture Enjoy a tour with student guides sharing their voices and perspectives of their school Appropriate for: for teachers, parents, teaching artists and arts organization educators
Lincoln Middle School
2.02.2018
Visitors will be welcomed to observe teachers in science, writing, art, music and social studies classrooms. Join us for a multi-cultural luncheon provided by our 6th Grade families! Visitors will see science, social studies and language arts in action on both eighth grade teams. Our music department will showcase multicultural drumming. Seventh grade will feature science sleuths, technology integration with math enrichment classes and weaving poetry in a sixth grade language arts lesson. Our Media Center with showcase a reading incentive program, READ, SNAP, TOSS, WIN!
Jack Jackter Intermediate School
2.07.2018
You will take a tour of our building, have the opportunity to see a TAC in action, and observe classrooms as they integrate HOT Schools strategies in their everyday practice. We also plan for you to meet our Student Senators and other student leaders from around the building in an open discussion. Lastly, you will wrap-up the day by exploring our production companies. It should be a full day with something for everyone!
John Lyman Elementary School
2.09.2018
Observe the HOT Schools Approach - strong arts, arts integration, and democratic practice - in action throughout the day. We will be highlighting a Student Senate Meeting, Hello Chorus/Third and Fourth Grade Senate Tours, Classroom Visitations, Informal Conversations with staff, and a Town Meeting.

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HOT Schools Quote

"Find their strengths and build a bridge to their weakness.” 

Cheryl Hulteen, HOT School Educator in Residence