The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)
HOT Approach Mini-Institute & Grant Opportunity
Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019
Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell
Limited space available / No charge to attend
Ensuring all students have access to a holistic well-rounded education is central to the Federal Education Law: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). Two of the three purposes of ESSA’s Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program (Title IV part a.) are to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, and to improve school conditions as a means of improving academic achievement. The arts are identified as a defined component of a well- rounded education. The Connecticut Office of the Arts’ HOT Approach to teaching and learning originally designed as the Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools whole-school improvement model, supports and nurtures a safe learning environment and well-rounded education through standards-based arts education, arts integration, and democratic practice.
COA’s Arts Learning Grant Program is designed to provide access to arts experiences and to encourage K-12 schools to advance along a Continuum of Practice providing deep and impactful arts learning experiences that contribute to improving student achievement through a student-centered environment and well-rounded education.
HOT Approach Implementation Grants are tied to professional development focused on improving school conditions and student achievement through effective practices in standards-based arts education, arts integration, school culture change, and leadership development. HOT Approach Implementation Grants will be made available to K-12 Teams who participate in COA’s HOT Approach Professional Development on April 26 & 27. K-12 Grade Level, School, and District Teams may include an Arts and Cultural Organization Community Partner.
HOT Approach Mini-Institute
COA’s Higher Order Thinking (HOT) APPROACH to teaching and learning provides educators vital professional development, resources, tools and strategies to develop, deepen and expand effective practices in standards based arts education, arts integration, student voice and leadership development.
Based on COA’s long-standing and nationally renowned HOT Schools Program, the HOT Approach weaves best practices in arts in education with present-day needs and experiences of urban, suburban, and rural school communities and is open to K-12 (arts and non-arts) educators statewide.
The April 26 & 27 HOT Approach Mini-Institute will focus on Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration with an emphasis on STEAM models that work.
Participants in COA’s HOT Approach Mini-Institute may be eligible to apply for a COA Arts Learning HOT Approach Implementation Grant:
- Grade Level Teams: 3-5 Teachers in a grade level - may request up to $3,000
- School Teams: Principal and Teacher Teams (3-5 teachers - including at least one arts discipline teacher) - may request up to $5,000
- District Leadership Teams: Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and/or Director of Curriculum with a leadership team representing one or more schools in the district including an arts team (minimum 5) - may request up to $10,000
- Community Teams: A Grade Level, School, or District Leadership Team that includes an Arts or Cultural Facility/Organization Educator may request an additional $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000 (respectively).
Individuals are welcome to attend but will not be eligible to apply for a HOT Approach Implementation Grant.
There is no fee to participate, however, please note: those who register but do not show will be placed on wait lists for similar opportunities in the future.
COA strategically supports environments that are arts READI (Relevant, Equitable, Accessible, Diverse, and Inclusive).
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