Higher Order Thinking Schools


Higher Order Thinking Schools, a program of the Connecticut Office of the Arts, is a community of practice that networks and develops entities interested in teaching and learning in, about, and through the arts, in a democratic setting, using The HOT Approach.

Professional Development Opportunities

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.

HOT Strategies

HOT Strategies, each reflecting a synthesis of the HOT Schools Core Components, strong arts, art integration and democratic practice, provide structured paths to facilitate the implementation, reinforcement and enhancement of the HOT APPROACH. HOT Strategies demonstrate the value of creating unique learning environments that support and celebrate a child’s individual voice while giving each the tools needed to become a creative, successful life-long learner.

Becoming HOT



For information or if you have questions, contact Bonnie Koba via email at bonnie.koba@ct.gov.