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.

 

Upcoming Opportunities

are aligned with and advance growth and development along the Arts Learning Continuum

 


 

Peer Mediation in a Democratic Practice Setting hosted by Pleasant Valley Elementary School 

Participants will experience the process of training all fifth graders in peer mediation, the selection process for the official "Peer Mediators" and answer questions about some of the speed bumps and obstacles the program has faced.

April 27, 2017

 


 

HOT APPROACH 24th Annual Summer Institute, Hartford, CT

July 10- 14, 2017

The 2017 Summer Institute, “THE HOT APPROACH MAKES STEM SIZZLE”, is the hallmark of the HOT APPROACH.  It is a residential professional development conference packed with renowned speakers, seminars, workshops and sequential learning tracks, interactive demonstrations and performances.

Appropriate for: school teams, individual arts and non-arts classroom teachers, administrators, parents, teaching artists and arts/cultural organization educators

Boarding Fees:

  • Individual: $950 boarding – double occupancy
  • Four person team
    • 3 arts and non-arts teachers and Principal $3,100
    • 3 arts and non-arts teacher without Principal $3,800

Additional team members:

  • Teaching Artist (must be in Connecticut Office of the Arts Directory) $300
  • Arts/Cultural Organization Educator $500

Commuting Fees:

  • Individual: $750

Registration will open April 13, 2017

 


Teacher Artist Collaboration Planning Day

October 5, 2017

Teacher Artist Collaborations (TACs) are a critical component of the HOT APPROACH. They are planned with a rigor that expands and deepens the traditional teaching artist residency, taking residencies to the next level. Teaching artists with extraordinary skills in one particular arts discipline: dance; theater; visual arts; music or creative writing are partnered with teachers whose extraordinary skill resides in their content knowledge and understanding of certain strategies for transmitting that knowledge to students. Together, the team forges a collaborative partnership to design authentic arts-integrated, standards –based learning opportunities for students through which students apply higher order thinking processes of imagining, decision-making, creating, performing, and responding.

Appropriate for: individual arts and non-arts classroom teachers, teaching artists, parents and arts/cultural organization educators who are planning or interested in learning to effectively plan teacher artist collaborations

Fee: $25 per person

Registration will open August 24, 2017


Higher Order Thinking Schools Orientation Day

October 12, 2017

Experience the HOT APPROACH theory and practice in action as you observe how a school using the HOT APPROACH structures instruction through core components of Strong Arts, Arts Integration and Democratic Practice. Orientation day includes a program overview of the HOT APPROACH to arts integrated teaching and learning, observation in classrooms, panel discussions with grade level teams, arts classroom teachers, parents and students.

Appropriate for: school teams, individual arts and non-arts classroom teachers, administrators, parents, teaching artists and arts/cultural organization educators

Fee: $25 per person

Registration will open August 31, 2017


Leadershop/Workshop ~ Arts Integrated Teaching and Learning

March 15, 2018

A Leadershop is a day-long workshop designed to share best practices, developed and tested in participating HOT schools over time. The day is designed to illustrate the HOT APPROACH to teaching and learning in action, provide instructional practice for educators immediately actionable in their school or site, while concurrently building collaborative practices and leadership skills.

Appropriate for: school teams, individual arts and non-arts classroom teachers, administrators, parents, teaching artists and arts/cultural organization educators

Fee: $25 per person

Registration will open February 1, 2018

 


Teacher Artist Collaboration (TAC) Reflection Day 

May 17, 2018

At the conclusion of a collaboration, teams of teachers and teaching artists are asked to reflect individually and collaboratively on the unit of study they created and the successes and challenges of their TAC.  Shared reflections provide insights in planning and implementing arts- integrated learning experiences in specific core content, aligned with both Common Core and National Core Arts Standards that students are expected to master. In addition, partnering teachers and teaching artists come away with new skills in teaching in, about and through the arts.

Appropriate for: individual arts and non-arts classroom teachers, teaching artists, parents and arts/cultural organization educators

Fee: $25 per person

Registration will open April 5 2018


HOT APPROACH 25th Annual Summer Institute*

July 9-13, 2018

The Summer Institute, the hallmark of the HOT APPROACH, is a residential professional development conference packed with renowned speakers, seminars, workshops and sequential learning tracks, interactive demonstrations and performances.

Appropriate for: school teams, individual arts and non-arts classroom teachers, administrators, parents, teaching artists and arts/cultural organization educators.

Boarding Fees**:

  • Individual: $950 boarding – double occupancy
  • Four person team
    • 3 arts and non-arts teachers including Principal $3,100
    • without Principal $3,800
  • Additional team members
  • Teaching Artist (must be in Connecticut Office of the Arts Directory) $300
  • Arts/Cultural Organization Educator $300

Commuting Fees**:

  • Individual: $750

*Theme and location TBD

**May be subject to change

Register early for all professional development, space is available on a first come, first serve basis. Registration opening TBD

 

 

 

MENU OF ADDITIONAL AVAILABLE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Customized Professional Development Opportunities with HOT APPROACH Educators in Residence align with the HOT APPROACH and Arts Learning Continuum. They reflect over 24 years of teacher- tested theory into practice for growth and development for teaching and learning in, about and through the arts. Each opportunity is designed as a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity, cultivating learning communities, understanding collaborative practice and provides educators actionable strategies and skills to address learning challenges, and are designed to advance learning through differentiated instruction, inquiry –based learning, multiple intelligence theory and developing higher order thinking through the arts processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting.

Customized Professional Development:

  • Half day Professional development - Fee: $500, maximum 35 participants
  • Full day Professional Development - Fee: $1,000 per day, maximum 35 participants per session
  • Full day professional development including modeling in the classroom and debriefing with teachers – maximum 4 arts and non-arts classroom teachers  - Fee: $1,000 per day
  • Full day Peer Coaching for teachers and administrators - Fee: $1,000 
  • Half day Peer Coaching for teachers and administrators - Fee: $500
  • Full day Program Design in the HOT APPROACH - Fee: $1,000
  • Half day Program Design in the HOT APPROACH - Fee: $500 half day
  • Teacher Artist Collaborations with HOT APPROACH Arts Integration teaching artists. Fee: $3,600 for a 12 day collaboration including 1 planning day, 10 days with students, 1 reflection day. Together, the team forges a collaborative partnership to design authentic arts-integrated, standards-based learning opportunities for students through which students apply higher order thinking processes of imagining, decision-making, creating, performing, and responding

HOT Schools Quote

As a result of this professional development I will provide my students with comprehensive experience with text and language by using music and movement in order to promote a better understanding of any text.

Cameo Thorne, High School in the Community