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Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools
2007 Summer Institute
Registration Extended to July 2, 2007

The Art of Partnerships
Building and sustaining arts organization
and school partnerships
July 8-12, 2007
Hartford Hilton Hotel
Hartford, CT
HOT Schools, an arts in education program of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, is funded by the Connecticut State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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The Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Approach fosters learning communities that recognize and celebrate each child’s unique voice.  The HOT Approach is based upon effective research-based methods and strategies designed to build higher order thinking skills through a combination of strong arts, arts integration, and democratic practice through an underpinning of Multiple Intelligence theory.  The HOT Approach is reflected in a school’s commitment to hands-on, arts-integrated experiences.  HOT school teachers work collaboratively to structure interdisciplinary curricula that promote deep learning of subject matter, and higher order thinking, creativity, adaptability, and teamwork in students.

The HOT SCHOOLS program, established in 1994, has served 41 schools in all congressional districts reaching over 22,000 students, approximately 2,500 educators and 75 artist educators. The HOT Approach is designed to be flexible for adaptation and uniquely suited to help individual school communities address their specific needs and build community. The program directors work closely with each school to design and implement a professional development plan, and work closely with resident artists charting a course for personal and professional growth.

Schools using the HOT Approach share a commitment to academic achievement through 3 essential components:
1. Strong Arts
  Education in, about, and through the arts helps students develop critical thinking abilities, independent judgment and creative problem solving skills. The arts, as rigorous academic subjects, each with their own sequential comprehensive curricula, convey knowledge not learned through studying other academic disciplines and provide stimulating vehicles for children to communicate their ideas.
2. Arts Integration
  Developing basic skills is central to the HOT Approach to school renewal. An interdisciplinary approach to teaching reinforces learning in all disciplines, encourages students to seek, establish and test connections, and allows them to synthesize relationships between ideas. Integrating the arts into all subjects and creating arts-rich environments enhances and reinforces the power of the arts in learning in each school community.
3.  Democratic Practice
  The arts provide avenues for expression in an authentic democracy. HOT Schools cultivate a school culture in which purposeful activities support choice, participation, connection and contribution to celebrate the unique voice of each member of the school community.  HOT School educators plan and work collaboratively and invite parent partnerships, input and participation.

{Mime class from HOT Schools Summer Institute 2006}

Curriculum Dynamics through Theatre - Summer Institute 2006

The Art of Partnerships
Building and Sustaining Arts Organization and School Partnerships

The 2007 Summer Institute theme: “The Art of Partnerships ~ building and sustaining arts organization and school partnerships” offers multiple learning tracks, seminars, workshops, and interactive demonstrations and performances that focus on particular arts disciplines and arts integration and partnership strategies for the development of higher order thinking skills in young people.

Afternoon workshops will promote collaborative partnerships and leadership development among arts organizations, teaching artists and school educators, the sharing of information about best practices in arts in education, and what Connecticut arts organizations and schools can accomplish together in arts in education. 

Administrators looking for a new vision to reshape their schools; classroom teachers seeking new perspectives, teaching strategies and an opportunity to re-energize and re-discover their creative spirit; parents interested in understanding the power of schools that reflect an arts-infused culture and the potential of partnering with educators in their child’s learning process. The Hot Approach can be adopted by arts organizations, individual artists, and state and local arts agencies (interested in understanding school culture and curriculum design), who wish to strengthen their school/arts partnerships and arts in education initiatives. The 2007 Institute is especially appropriate for arts organization educators exploring ways to increase their audience for meaningful partnerships with their community schools.

We invite you to join dedicated colleagues from across Connecticut and the nation to become immersed in innovative strategies for teaching and learning through the arts. Work with some of the finest artists and educators in the country. Through seminars, workshops, interactive demonstrations and performances, you will learn HOT strategies and explore the HOT Schools approach to school renewal. This weeklong Institute is choreographed to provide intellectual stimulation, creative growth, and opportunities to rediscover your passion for teaching. We encourage you to join us on this journey.

HOT Schools Staff:
Bonnie Koba,
CCT arts in education program associate, directs the HOT Schools Program.