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The 22nd Annual HOT Schools Summer Institute
will be held at the Hartford Hilton,
Hartford, CT on July 13–17, 2015.

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"...five of the most important days in an educator's year!" to impact six of the most important academic and social competencies in student growth are just around the corner. The 22nd Annual Higher Order Thinking Schools Summer Institute is a nationally acclaimed, weeklong residential conference packed with renowned speakers, interactive workshops, performances and sequential learning tracks. This year's theme: THE TIME IS NOW: Making Arts Learning Visible, Viable, and Valued highlights HOT Schools theory, strategies and practices immediately transferable to classroom application.

Research shows that learning in, about, and through the arts benefits 1) Reading and Language Development, 2) Mathematics Skills, 3) Thinking Skills, 4) Social Skills, 5) Motivation to Learn and to Achieve, and 6) a Positive School Environment. HOT educators are finding that by engaging in the HOT Approach - strategically linking learning in the arts to learning across the curriculum - their students are motivated and engaged in deep learning of all subject matter, higher order thinking, creativity and teamwork.

The HOT Schools Summer Institute builds a community of practice that networks and develops those interested in teaching and learning in, about, and through the arts using the HOT Approach, highlights the value of learning communities that include parents and local arts resource partners, fosters collaboration and provides educators skills and strategies to advance learning through differentiated instruction to stimulate students' curiosity, ignite their sense of wonder, and steer students toward a journey of lifelong learning.

In "The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success" the Arts Education Partnership's 2020 Agenda identifies four state level priority areas in which arts and education leaders can situate their work: Raise Student Achievement and Success; Support Effective Educators and School Leaders; Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment; Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge. At the core of HOT Schools is a delivery system that provides teachers, teaching artists, administrators, parents, and arts organization educators vital professional development, resources, tools and strategies to develop, deepen and expand effective practices in arts education, arts integration, school culture change, and leadership development.

Looking for a sound approach to make your classroom the place where students want to come each day? Interested in learning new ways to invigorate your instructional practice? If you need to be refreshed and energized and reminded of why you teach then join us at Hilton Hartford July 13–17 for the 22nd Annual HOT Schools Summer Institute. The research is clear. THE TIME IS NOW to make Arts Learning Visible, Viable, and Valued. Come lead with us.

Bonnie Koba, Director

HOT Schools is a program of and the Summer Institute is presented by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with Wesleyan University's Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

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There are two ways to participate in the Summer Institute: as a Boarder who stays at the Hilton Hotel, or as a Commuter.

• Boarding

Boarding includes:
• Breakfast: Tuesday—Friday
• Lunch: Monday—Friday
• Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday [You'll be on your own for Wednesday evening dinner.]
• Lodging (double occupancy): Monday—Thursday (and Sunday on request and for a fee)
• All conference fees, materials and evening performances

Boarder Fees:
We believe the HOT Approach advances most effectively when teams attend the Institute together and when a school principal is part of the team. To encourage this practice, HOT Schools will reduce fees for the principal of a 4-member team of each non-HOT Schools to $100. A 4-member team (including the school principal)= $2,800. Each team member at the per person rate–fees for the 4th team member (principal) will be adjusted before invoiced.

• Individuals [$900]*
• 4th member (principal) of a non-HOT School Team [$100]
• Artists who are on the Connecticut Office of the Arts Directory of Teaching and Performing Artists [$250]
• Artists who are not on the Connecticut Office of the Arts Directory of Teaching and Performing Artists [$400]
• Education Managers from Connecticut Arts Organizations [$500]
• Sunday night check is available for a fee

* Please note that participants are responsible for a $10 per day parking fee.

• Commuting
Note: Commuting is not recommended. Full participation in the Institute cannot be achieved when commuting.

Commuting includes:
• Lunch: Monday—Friday
• Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
• All conference fees and materials

Commuter Fees:
• Participating HOT Schools team member [$0]
• Individuals [$700] (Non-HOT Schools team 4th member discount applies only to boarding teams. There is no discount for commuting teams.)
• Artists who are on the Connecticut Office of the Arts Directory of Teaching and Performing Artists [No Fee]
• Artists who are not on the Connecticut Office of the Arts Directory of Teaching and Performing Artists [$300]
• Wesleyan University Faculty and Staff [$300]
• State Arts Agency Program Manager [$0]
• Education Managers from Connecticut Arts Organizations [$300]
• Please note that the commuter parking fee is $10.00 per day

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Ultimate Moves: Be Fluent in Your Other Native Language
Presenter: Karen Bradley
Experience the primacy of moving as the means of knowing the world. Through current projects that marry dance and other core content areas, including Moving Stories, the Art of Science Learning, Your Brain on Dance, and Re-Imaging and Re-Imagining Choreometrics, Karen Bradley will explore all ways of getting children out of their seats and into their bodies, moving their brains, and stirring their souls.

Contemporary Learning Design: Integrating the New Literacies: Digital, Media, Global 
Presenter: Heidi Hayes Jacobs
How can we upgrade and replace dated curriculum and assessment? How can we integrate the new literacies—digital, media, and global into teaching and learning? What if we hold ourselves accountable for innovation in our assessment choices? How do the arts directly inform the transition from antiquated practices to timely possibilities? Heidi will engage in a lively and provocative examination of current trends, possible actions, and her new curriculum models.

"In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World…"
Presenter: Taylor Mali
Taylor Mali is one of the most well known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He is one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of "poet." In 2012 he reached his goal of creating one thousand new teachers through "poetry, persuasion, and perseverance." Based on the poem that inspired a movement, his book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, is his passionate defense of teachers drawing on his own experiences, both in the classroom and as a traveling poet.

Special Guest Speaker
Presenter: Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell
Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell has been an educator in Connecticut for over 25 years. She was appointed as Commissioner of Education by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in April 2015, after serving as Interim Commissioner since January 2015. Dr. Wentzell began her career in education as a social studies teacher and later as a teacher for gifted students. She served as the State Department of Education's chief academic officer, overseeing the Bureau of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and the Standards Implementation Division. Before joining the Department, Dr. Wentzell served as assistant superintendent of schools in Hartford, and in district leadership positions with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment in both South Windsor and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) magnet schools. Dr. Wentzell has a bachelor's degree in Russian studies from Mount Holyoke College, a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.


"Phaethon" and "Niobe" from Ovid's Metamorphoses—Video Games in the Classroom
Presenter: EK Theater
A glimpse of what is possible when students are allowed to tell stories in their own way and see the potential of using video games in the classroom. EK Theater uses the technology of video games to bring classics to modern audiences.

The Mosaic String Trio, Hartford Symphony
Patricia Daly Vance and Peter Zay
The Mosaic String Trio will use literature, music, and art to explore how we express ourselves. The ensemble will perform a mix of music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schnittke, and a diverse mix of cultural, folk, and popular music. The program is enhanced to connect music with the world's great masterpieces of art, architecture, and literature.

The INTAKE Native Instrument Academy of Stamford brings innovation to education and youth development through a cross-cultural and bilingual curriculum approach; making classical music and native instruments relevant, accessible, and inclusive. Participants will gain insights into their student population within the shifting demographics and understand the importance of cultural connections. INTAKE leverages the discipline of music in education, the joy and heritage from diverse cultures as fundamental in the strengthening of our community.

Tap Dancing to Bach: Problem Solving and Patterns in Composition
Presenter: Caleb Teicher
Bach's clever Goldberg Variations uses the same chord progression for each variation but stretches its capacity for expression with melodic variation, counterpoint, and rhythmic invention. In Variations, three dancers make the composition leap from its pages, creating a new playground for interpretation. In this performance, Caleb will break down the composition of his choreography in relation to Bach's patterns and musical structures. This performance will illustrate how tap dance choreography is a phenomenal exercise in creative writing, pattern-making, and artistic interpretation.

Evening Performances

Reception at the Old State House
Featuring a performance by Courageous Voices
Members of the Peace is Possible Chorus and Lift Every Voice and Sing Gospel Choir join with Teaching Artist-Founder of the CT Center for Nonviolence, Victoria Christgau, in singing songs of Freedom and Courageous Nonviolence resistance covering a span of American history from slavery to civil rights. Special guest: New Haven activist, Pastor John Lewis, will present spoken word.

Dinner and Tours of Mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe House
The evening will feature Chuck Costa & Mira Stanley premiering the HOT Anthem
The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America's greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. According to National Geographic The Mark Twain House is one of the 10 best historic homes in the world.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) published more than 30 books, but it was her best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, which catapulted her to international celebrity and secured her place in history. The house was built in 1871 and Stowe purchased it in 1873. The home was Stowe's main residence until her death in 1896. She shared the home with her husband Calvin Stowe, a retired professor and Biblical scholar, their adult twin daughters, Eliza and Harriet, and their son Charley and his family. Several of Stowe's later works were written while she lived here.

The all-new Stowe House Experience introduces you to the life and impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the best selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, through an interactive tour of her 1871 home. Both student and adult visitors view and discuss historic documents, including the 1853 anti-slavery petition presented to Stowe by the women of Great Britain, the Abolitionists' Anti-Slavery Alphabet book, fugitive slave broadsides, Abolitionist hymns and more. Sit in Stowe's parlor to discuss issues of her day – and see the connections to today's news! Plan an engaging field trip for your students – they'll learn how Stowe's words changed the world and be inspired to create their own positive change.

TheaterWorks: Uncorked and Talkback
A behind the scenes opportunity to attend a dress rehearsal and share in Q & A with the actors
I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers
For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers' clients were the talk of the town – Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Burt Reynolds to name a few. And her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. In her glamorous Beverly Hills home, more names will be dropped and secrets divulged as this wickedly brash woman reveals how she went from a non-English speaking Jewish migrant to a film industry powerbroker. It was a fabulous career ... while it lasted.

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Participants must attend all sessions of their chosen track.
Monday, 2:15–5:15pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00–12:00pm; and Friday, 8:30–11:30am

TR1. Bringing the Connecticut Freedom Trail to Life Through the Arts
Presenter: Leslie Johnson
Understand how the arts can engage students more deeply in the study of history and encourage them to feel and appreciate the relevance of history to their own lives. This track supports the goal of the CT State Board of Education to help students, by integrating the arts with social studies education, to "develop into informed and thoughtful citizens who…exercise moral and civic virtues." Participants will learn about the Connecticut Freedom Trail through arts-learning activities, a field trip to a Freedom Trail site in the Hartford area, and creative responses to a variety of texts with multiple modes of art. They will plan, design and implement (in the fall) a dynamic, arts-integrated unit that will introduce and bring to life The Connecticut Freedom Trail and its import for students and their families. The unit developed will support Common Core State Standards in ELA, CSDE's Social Studies Standards, and will engage students through multiple modes of arts learning and artistic expression. This track is open to teams by invitation only. If a team from your school is interested in participating please email hotschools@wesleyan.edu.

TR2. Deep Learning: Making Social Studies, Science and the Arts Visible, Viable and Valued
Presenters: Louise Pascale and Lisa Donovan
Explore interdisciplinary work in social studies, STEM, and the arts. You will see how the arts can move STEM to STEAM—exploring the connections with science, technology, engineering and math in the exploration of habitat fragmentation. We will use strategies of drama, music and poetry to investigate topics within immigration to the U.S. at the turn of the century. With both curriculum topics we will strategize ways in which the arts, when integrated effectively, can deepen learning, clarify students' thinking, enhance critical thinking and open opportunities for understanding multiple perspectives.

TR3. Multiple Intelligences—Multiple Solutions
Presenter: Christopher Eaves
This track features an array of cooperative games and artful activities designed to inspire curiosity, discovery and learning. With Multiple Intelligences Theory as an investigative lens, we will implement, integrate and instruct Eaves' The Baton, Performing Sequence, Mobile Statuary, Zoom, The Rose, Architects & Builders and Characters of Convention. All the while, we'll celebrate individual teaching styles and construct instructional approaches that are uniquely HOT.

TR4. Strong Arts: Both Hands On AND Minds On
Presenter: Deborah Brzoska
Now is the time to create compelling student arts assessments that provide evidence of higher order thinking skills that have the potential to transfer to student learning of other subjects in HOT Schools classrooms. You will dive into the new national arts standards, take part in arts performance assessments in both visual and performing arts, and create a student performance assessment in an art form of your choice. You will think broadly and deeply about arts teaching and learning, understanding that strong arts instruction provides new symbol systems and alternate "languages" that students can use to understand content in any subject and to express their own ideas.

TR5. Superheroes, Scientists, & Sushi: DIY Project Based Learning Units for Every Academic Appetite
Presenter: Heather Wolpert-Gawron
The arts are all around us, in every content area. Project Based Learning (PBL) embraces the blending of genres and honors the merging of multiple subjects. Whether a teacher's PBL unit focuses on science, math, history, reading, or P.E., there is a place for art, writing, speaking, and movement as a means to embed the information further and enrich the experience of learning. You will create innovative units reflecting your own interests. We'll share resources, collaborate on handouts, and produce the writing, art, and digital exemplars to aid in student expectations. This fast-paced week will culminate in oral presentation and website design. Your enthusiasm for your personalized unit will trickle down to your students. You will need a laptop and access to a Google account to participate in this Track.

TR6. Transform Curriculum: Student Voice, Critical Engagement and Meaningful Arts
Presenter: Patty Bode
Engagement in the arts amplifies student voice, making curriculum meaningful while developing critical perspectives. Learn how curriculum can be transformed through authentic arts integration that affirms multicultural identities and cultivates critical literacy. Investigating one's own teaching practices with colleagues can be an affirming professional journey and may change classroom dynamics. Using case studies of curriculum and experiential learning, you will compare and contrast classroom practices and discover ways in which student voice can be uncovered and amplified by integrating the arts. Gain an understanding of how inquiry-based classroom practices such as Visual Thinking Strategies and Artful Thinking can make students' thinking visible.

TR7. What's the Buzz? Learning through Improvisation and Composition

Presenter: Celeste Miller
Participants will learn improvisation games and activities from theatre, dance, music and visual arts as a platform for exploring key concepts in math, science, and English language arts. Improvisation engages students as critical thinkers as they use curriculum content as source material for deep examination of curriculum concepts. Arts learning must be a daily practice. Teachers need to be as fluent and at ease with arts learning as they are with other learning modalities. The toolbox that you will build in this session will give you the confidence to make arts learning visible, viable and valued.

TR8. Yes Yes Good . . . And Chocolate
Presenter: Cheryl Hulteen
Using improvisation, dance, music, markers and chocolate - participants will decode curricula by encoding the arts. You will find your multiple intelligences' strength and build your teaching/learning instrument, exploring ways to build bridges to and from your teaching to your students' understanding. You will come away prepared to enable students to build their own learning paths. There will be laughter. There will be a celebration of the teaching profession. The world may change.

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Monday workshops are designed to provide insight into the specific way in which the work
of each HOT Schools Faculty Member advances the overall mission of HOT Schools.

MONDAY Workshops


MW1. Art, Inquiry and Critical Literacy
Presenter: Patty Bode
Engage in inquiry-based discussion and hands-on exploration of visual art, and learn how such analysis, evaluation and synthesis leads to classroom strategies in arts integration and critical literacy. Video and power point illustrate classroom practices, vivid examples of student work, and interdisciplinary curriculum woven with participants' dialogue about curriculum you hope to transform.

MW2. Deep Learning: Arts Integration as a Strategy to Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate and Create
Presenters: Louise Pascale and Lisa Donovan
You will explore interdisciplinary work in social studies, STEM, and the arts. Using arts strategies, we will touch upon the topics of immigration and habitats. With both curriculum topics we will discover ways in which the arts, when integrated effectively, can deepen learning, clarify students' thinking, enhance critical thinking and open opportunities for understanding multiple perspectives, thus supporting an active form of thinking through creating, performing, evaluating and responding.
MW3. HOT Schools: Hands On AND Minds On
Presenter: Deb Brzoska
We know that in HOT Schools students use their minds well when working in the arts. But how do we get that word out to others? Actively examine critical and creative thinking that occur during art making and consider ways to tell that story widely and well. Engage in art making and discover your own higher order thinking skills. You will explore current research on Bloom's Taxonomy where Creativity is the highest order of thinking and will come away with tools to observe, listen for and document student thinking in the HOT schools.

MW4. Improvisation: A Hands On! Feet In!
Presenter: Celeste Miller
Improvisation: A hands on! Feet in! is an introductory workshop of tools and methods for using improvisation as a tool for classroom learning. Drawing from theatre, movement and visual art forms discover how you can use improvisation as a learning mode in the classroom. This tasty sampler plate introduces key concepts for working with the arts from an improvisational framework.

MW5. The Dreaming Horse Awakens
Presenter: Christopher Eaves
With Franz Marc's Dreaming Horse as our anchor work we'll explore what we (teachers, teaching artists, parents and administrators) see, hear, taste, smell and touch when we dream of the finest educational culture. Then, framed and matted with Multiple Intelligences and Bloom's Taxonomy, we will awaken the dream.

MW6. Yes Yes Good . . . And a Sampler of Chocolate
Presenter: Cheryl Hulteen
This workshop is an explosion of creativity and choice in the Creative Culture of your Classroom. It all starts with you, the teacher-performer-gift to the universe that you are and have the potential to be. Modeling how to say YES to your ideas, say YES to the ideas and creativity of the people you work with and making each other look GOOD. Yes, we: analyze, evaluate, create, apply, understand, and remember.

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TUESDAY Workshops


TW1. Beyond Songwriting: Using Musical Strategies in the Classroom
Presenter: Sally Rogers
Learn to use several musical strategies to reinforce classroom learning. Strategies will include soundscapes, movement, chants, word strings, body percussion and the use of small percussion instruments. Musical elements and movement will be used as integrative teaching strategies to deepen student learning in both music AND math, language arts, and more.

TW2. Find Your Flow
Presenter: Attallah Sheppard
You will experiment with the vibrant art form of Spoken Word as a necessary tool to empower youth voice and self -expression in the classroom, in the school community and outside the classroom. This workshop helps to fuse the art of the written word and/or poetry with the life skill of oration. Public speaking is a pivotal skill to have, especially as the world gets "flatter", communication is still a key to success. This workshop also implores those involved to take responsibility for how and what they want to be heard via the art of poetry.

TW3. From Breath to Breathless
Presenter: Karen Bradley
Experience the primacy of moving as the means of knowing the world. See value in getting children out of their seats and into their bodies. Through space, time, and impact, we will know how the brain-body expresses and communicates in meaningful ways through dance movement and why expression matters to empowered learners. Experience some of the many ways dance experiences facilitate learning in deep and innovative ways and how one can activate and motivate learning in any realm through movement.

TW4. HOT Blocks: Cross Curricular Collaborations
Presenters: Allan Bates, Jodi Forte and Darcy Scholz, Samuel Staples HOT School, Easton, CT
HOT Blocks is a HOT Strategy where non-arts classroom teachers team teach with an art, music, media, or creative movement essentialist to teach reading, writing, and math skills so all children, especially those in need of academic support, can learn through multiple intelligences and the arts in addition to conventional methods. You will be introduced to the essential ingredients needed to collaboratively develop and implement a meaningful arts-integrated approach to support students with academic deficiencies. Learn about specific, effective HOT Block collaborations that improved student learning during the past school year. This model promotes innovative planning and teaching and fosters mutual respect and dialogue among teachers while motivating students to improve.

TW5. In the Beginning there were Stick People
Presenter: Won-Ldy Paye
This workshop demonstrates how complex ideas can be understood via simple artistic processes. You will start with the basics at the beginning of West African oral storytelling, stick art, scenery drawing, percussive instrumentation and then connect these experiences to space, beauty and story: our world today. We will learn through drawing of simple figures and basic rules that are the foundation of art, curriculum and your classroom environment. You will learn how to create a classroom environment in which the exploration of foreign concepts becomes fascinating and not threatening.

TW6. Math Mobility: The Study of Fractions through the Work of Alexander Calder
Presenter: Eileen Dulen-Jennings
Explore Math and Science theories through the work of sculpture and mobile artist Alexander Calder. You will apply the concepts of benchmark and equivalent fractions to make your own kinetic mobiles while learning how students can apply arts learning strategies to deepen and demonstrate understanding. Gain an understanding of how to utilize the arts to deepen conceptual understanding of fractions while conceiving and developing your own artwork. Learn to evaluate how the arts convey meaning and can be used as an assessment tool for student learning.

TW7. Story Structures and Musical Forms
Presenters: Page McBrier and Don Cooper
Learn how music can act as a catalyst to examine the text of a multi-layered picture book. Leap into a rich and deep exploration of text complexity. Create a literary journey and a soundscape based on the text format. We will use the book WHERE DOES THE TRAIL LEAD? to explore the connections between story structures and musical forms, and demonstrate how the integration of the two can enrich and enhance emotional impact and meaning in narrative content.

TW8. Yes They Can!
Presenter: Mark Patnode
In ancient Greece, the word for art was techne, from which come technique and technology. It is appropriate and beneficial for Students (purposely capitalized because they are at the core of teaching) to exercise media skills to demonstrate achievement and understanding. Understand how guiding Students towards a media-rich application of their talents builds a documentation product that facilitates demonstrations of their understanding and engagement, and provides a body of artistic evidence.

TW9. Leveraging Support: Federal Grant Opportunities Available through the National Endowment for the Arts
Presenter: Nancy Daugherty
Participants will learn about funding opportunities for arts education and research grants that are available through the National Endowment for the Arts. This interactive session will include an overview of the guidelines and application process, eligible project categories, tips on creating a competitive application, and plenty of time for questions and answers.

TW10. Teacher Leadership: Inspiring School-wide Arts Integration
Presenter: Deb Brzoska
In this interactive workshop, step up to a HOT leadership challenge. Consider how teacher leaders can inspire colleagues to integrate the arts in a truly HOT School. Take a deep dive into a powerful theatre strategy and learn how to model it as an example of arts integration, from warm-up through assessment. Choose an arts integration strategy to "keep" and create a plan for sharing with colleagues in your school.

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THURSDAY Workshops
ThW1. A Perfect Fit: The HOT Schools Approach and Project Based Learning
Presenter: Linda Eakin
Are you interested in reversing the teaching equation and empowering your students to become innovators, collaborators and problem solvers? Then come explore and become excited about teaching through Project Based Learning. PBL engages students in rigorous experiences where they gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, and/or challenge. HOT Schools' Core Components and Strategies are aligned with Project Based Learning. Remember: The Standards tell us what to teach, not how to teach. The HOT Approach and PBL allow us to work closely with active, engaged students doing high-quality, meaningful work, and allows us to rediscover the joy of learning alongside our students.

ThW2. Art vs. Artifact
Presenter: Jason Deeble
By demonstrating that the artistic process can be applied in a variety of surprising ways, this workshop will help you see connections between the STEM fields and the creative experience. Arts learning can help unite what most people see as disparate, discrete content areas by revealing how they are connected. We will complete several activities integrating math, art, and science using simple materials that can be implemented in a variety of grade levels. You will be engaged in the artistic process and learn how integrating the arts into any endeavor deepens understanding of core content and the creative process.

ThW3. Arts Integrated Reading Units
Presenters: Leslie Johnson, Rashna Agrawal, Christine Hicinbothem and Eddie Duran
Leslie Johnson (creative writer), Rachna Agrawal (dancer), and Kinsella HOT School Teachers will share the arts-integration strategies used in a successful Grade 5 reading and writing unit focused on the chapter book Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan. This hands-on workshop will engage you in exploring multiple texts (literary, visual, non-fiction, and firsthand interviews) and the multiple art forms that were used to deeply engage students in reading and writing, while increasing their multicultural awareness.

ThW4. Bringing Sparks of Drama to the Core
Presenter: Jackie Coleman
Across the country we are focusing on teaching "core" standards. What if connecting to the mind, body and spirit - the "core" of what makes us human - could get us there? In this interactive workshop you will become more comfortable using kinesthetic and auditory strategies to get at the "core". In a time of high tech, fast-moving innovation we all need to be reminded of the value of the arts in connecting us to our core humanity. You will add several kinesthetic and auditory strategies that encourage critical thinking, creativity and innovation in the classroom setting to your tool kit!

ThW5. CT Sings: Where the Songs Come From / Sing Me A Story
Presenter: Chuck E. Costa
Join the CT Sings songwriting workshop and be a participating student. This workshop actively engages participants in a critical thinking process focused on introducing students to the songwriting process. We will discuss song structure, perspective/point of view, descriptive language, and musical terms (melody, rhythm, major/minor chord sounds, etc.). We will collectively choose the subject matter and collaboratively write the lyrics and music.

ThW6. Exploring Poetry
Presenter: Kate Rushin
Many people find poetry unintelligible; others think it is simply random thoughts written down. This workshop provides tools for understanding poetry as well as insight into the various ways that a poem can be structured. In this workshop, you will read, interpret, discuss and write poetry and be guided through a close reading of a beautiful, accessible poem from the American poetry cannon. Reading poetry and writing poetry requires attention to words and their "shades of meaning." Greater attention to words enhances the study of any subject.

ThW7. Honoring Students Voices Through Narratives
Presenter: Susan J. Fisher
Through examples of student work, you will be able to brainstorm ideas from your curriculum and see how this artistic process can be adapted for all ages, all curricular content and in all classrooms. Create printed portraits and connect that process to language. Discover alternative ways to assess understanding using examples of best practices. Gain an understanding of how to integrate visual arts and make them accessible in your classroom practice.

ThW8. Living Bulletin Boards
Presenter: Derron M. Wood
Take a static Bulletin Board and make it come alive as an interactive visual writing tool. The living bulletin board is easy to create with common school supplies making it viable, the strong interactive visual nature is self-explanatory, and the value comes from the enhanced writing created by students. Living bulletin boards are capable of weaving a multitude of subjects into a hands-on visual display that changes as needed to support all curricula.

ThW9. Teaching Math through the Art of Sol Lewitt
Presenter: Beth Klingher
Learn how to use the art of Sol LeWitt as a springboard for teaching math. Rather than create his own art, LeWitt wrote instructions for others to follow. We will use this unique approach to art to teach students to read, follow and write instructions for their own mathematically based drawings. This approach makes math visible through the creation of mathematically based wall drawings and murals. It has been used successfully to teach math to a number of students in elementary, middle and high school, making it viable. And, it is highly valued by the teachers who have used it successfully in their classrooms.

ThW10. The Art & Science of Designing Spaces: A STEAM Teaching Model (ASDS)
Presenter: Anna Sanko
Construct architecture/design problems for grades 3-6 students to solve. Working within the constraints of a 4" x 5" x 4" form, participant teams determine the use and scale most appropriate for targeted grade levels. Through guided practice, the teams develop design program requirements, navigate the design thinking process, and present solutions through drawings/models/written summaries. This workshop presents design driven project-based learning as a means of addressing Common Core Standards-based STEAM lessons.

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Rachna Ramya Agrawal • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Track Co-Presenter
Simsbury, CT
Performer, choreographer, educator, and a published author, Rachna Ramya Agrawal received a Master's degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra in India. She also trained in choreography at the Natya Institute of Choreography in New Delhi, India. Rachna also holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, a Master's degree in Hindi Literature from Delhi University and a senior diploma in Classical Indian Vocal Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Currently she is on the teaching faculty at Trinity College in Hartford and is Artistic Director of the Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance.

Allan Bates • Workshop Co-Presenter
Easton, CT
Allan Bates has been teaching at Samuel Staples HOT School since 1995. He's taught art grades K-5 during those years and has been a collaborative partner in Samuel Staples HOT BLOCKS where his expertise in integrating art into other subject areas has been an asset.

Patty Bode • Track and Workshop Presenter
Amherst, MA
Patty Bode recently returned to PK-12 public schools as the magnet resource teacher for integrating arts at Springfield Conservatory of the Arts after ten years in higher education as a teacher educator. Her research and practice focuses on multicultural education, urban art education, and integrating visual art, dance, music, drama and media arts in K-12 curriculum.

Karen Bradley • Plenary and Workshop Presenter
Baltimore, Maryland
Karen is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, and a Certified Movement Analyst. Publications include articles and chapters on dance pedagogy and arts education. Recently, she worked on a NSF project entitled The Art of Science Learning, and investigates dance and neuroscience, movement and techno-design, and dance learning.

Deb Brzoska • HOT Schools Summer Institute Faculty, Track and Workshop Presenter
New London, CT
Deborah Brzoska is a former dancer and founding principal of an arts-integrated public school. Deb divides her time between The Kennedy Center, where she provides arts professional development across the country, and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities where she is National Implementation Specialist for Turnaround Arts Schools. She has been a HOT School Core Faculty member and Advisory Committee member for over 10 years.

Victoria Christgau • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Performance
Hartford, CT
Victoria Christgau is a lifelong peace-arts educator and organizer; Founder/ Executive Director of the CT Center for Nonviolence (CTCN), Founder of the Peace is Possible Chorus and Teaching Artist for over 25 years. She is the winner of the Hartford Courant's 2010 Tapestry (Diversity) Award. In 2012 the CTCN received a Community Partnership award from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for their collaboration with the Peace is Possible program. CTCN has been working with hundreds of people to train and implement the philosophy and strategies of Kingian Nonviolence across racial, social, economic and generational divides.

Jackie Coleman • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Presenter
Manchester, CT
Jackie holds an MFA from USC in Columbia, SC. Currently, she is the Education Consultant for the Arts with the Connecticut State Department of Education. Formerly she was with Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Stage. She also serves as a Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Don Cooper • Former HOT Schools Teacher, Workshop Co-Presenter
Easton, CT
Don Cooper taught music at Samuel Staples Elementary School for 15 years. It was his second career after being a Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist. Prior to entering the classroom, he was a professional songwriter, performer and recording artist. Having dedicated his life to the arts, he champions the HOT Schools integrated arts model for its balance and attention to the whole student.

Chuck E. Costa • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Co-Presenter
New Haven, CT
Chuck E. Costa was the 2011-2012 CT State Troubadour. He is an award-winning songwriter whose candid and visceral delivery of literate and well-crafted contemporary folk tunes has steadily raised his profile on the national club, coffeehouse and festival circuits. In addition to being a full-time musician, Chuck regularly facilitates songwriting workshops with kids across the state of Connecticut and across the country. Chuck's workshops have been featured on NPR.

Nancy Daugherty
• Workshop Presenter
Wsashington, DC
Arts Education Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts since June 2000, Nancy has worked with applicants in arts education, all arts fields and disciplines, and is currently focused in the disciplines of literature, theater and musical theater. She advises the agency's Arts Education Advisory Group, which designs professional development for state arts agency arts education managers, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Arts Education Partnership. She managed the agency's Summer Schools in the Arts program, a national initiative designed to assess student learning and offer potential models of rigorous, standards-based arts education. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Sociology & Anthropology.

Jason Deeble • Workshop Presenter
East Lyme, CT
Jason's first picture book was published in 2009. Since then, he became a father, launched a comic franchise, started a band, and opened a summer camp – all while teaching middle school math and science at his beloved Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich, CT.

Lisa Donovan • HOT Schools Summer Institute Faculty, Track and Workshop Co-Presenter
Cambridge, MA
Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and was the former director of the Creative Arts Division at Lesley University. A theatre artist, educator, and researcher, she has taught internationally in Japan and Israel and throughout the United States. Lisa and Louise Pascale are co-authors of Integrating the Arts Across Content Areas (2012). Lisa also co-authored Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Language Arts and Math (2013).

Eileen Dulen-Jennings • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Presenter
Bolton, CT
Eileen Dulen-Jennings is an Integrating Teaching Artist and educational consultant who has worked nationally to promote the power of arts learning within the Common Core Standards. She holds degrees in Theatre from DePaul University and a MEd in Special Education from The University of Saint Joseph.

Eddie Duran • Workshop Presenter
Hartford, CT
Eddie Duran is the Artist Director at Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts where he leads the comprehensive training program, culture exposure and arts integration components. He is also the site coordinator at Kinsella. He is a Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist and has been involved with the HOT Schools Summer Institute since 2002. Eddie has over 20 years experience working in theatre education and holds a B.A. in Drama for Hofstra University and a M.F.A in Acting/Performance from Purdue University.

Angelica Durrell • INTAKE, Founder and Executive Director
Stamford, CT
An accomplished violinist, educator and social entrepreneur, she was named a cultural ambassador for the cities of Riobamba, Ecuador and Norwalk, Connecticut, and is the recipient of the 2012 Immigrant Women Award from the Ecuadorian National Assembly. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Native Instrument Academy and developing strong partnerships that will further INTAKE's social and youth development mission.

EK Theater • Informance Presenter
Westport, CT
EK Theater's mission is to bring classics to modern audiences through live works of video game puppetry. The company is made up of students and is based out of the Pierrepont School in Westport, CT. Their work has been presented at theaters, schools, and conferences. They have presented work by Shakespeare, Ovid, and Livy, among others, in several professional theaters since 2007, and they have been sharing their work with students and educators in New York and Connecticut since 2012.

Linda Eakin • Former HOT Schools Teacher, Workshop Presenter
Midlothian, VA
Linda has spent her entire educational career helping students find their passions and develop their unique talents. She proudly taught in Colchester, CT for 27 years. She is currently teaching at-promise 5th graders in Ettrick, Virginia, collaborating with the University of Richmond's Partners in the Arts program, and providing professional development on integrated curriculum for teachers in the Richmond area. She has been instrumental in improving the implementation of Enhanced Curricula HOT Opportunities for students throughout Connecticut.

Christopher Eaves • HOT Schools Summer Institute Faculty, Track and Workshop Presenter
New York, NY
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Jodi Forte, Workshop Co-Presenter
Easton, CT
Jodi Forte is a kindergarten teacher working at Samuel Staples School in Easton. This past school year was her first year teaching at SSES but she has been in preschool and kindergarten for the past 22 years. Jodi has a minor in fine arts and has lots of experience integrating the arts into educational experiences for the children. Jodi has attended the HOT Summer Institute in the past and is excited to be presenting for the first time this year.

Susan Fisher • Workshop Presenter
Worcester, MA
Susan has over 35 years of experience working in arts in education and is certified to teach art K-12. She is an artist in residence in the schools and adjunct faculty at two universities. Throughout she has tried to make the arts accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Jonathan García • Curriculum Consultant
Stamford, CT
Born in Puerto Rico, he is a graduate from the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education and currently works for the Stratford Public Schools as a music teacher and marching band coach. A virtuoso trumpet and piano player, he has performed along the most renowned salsa bands in the country and the New York area, accompanying the famous singer Victor Manuel.

Christine Hicinbothem • Workshop Co-Presenter
Hartford, CT
Christina Hicinbothem graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia and received her Teacher's Certification and Master's Degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. She has taught in the Hartford Public Schools since 2001 in grades ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade where she currently teaches. Throughout her career, she has been a part of many initiatives, experiencing first hand the transformation that can occur when "the arts" are infused into the academic day.

Cheryl Hulteen • HOT Schools Summer Institute Faculty, Track Presenter, Workshop Presenter
Metuchen, NJ
Cheryl Hulteen, Founder of YES YES GOOD, LLC and author of YES YES GOOD: The HeART of Teaching is a master teaching artist, actor, improvisor, writer and motivational speaker. Cheryl partners with teachers, students and humans in general to incorporate the arts in all aspects of learning and teaching. Using the Multiple Intelligences Theory, improvisation, humor and the arts to create interactive, hands on (feet included as well) curriculum driven workshops, artist residencies and professional development Cheryl strives to make things better.

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs • Plenary Presenter
Rye, NY
Internationally recognized expert and author on contemporary curriculum design, mapping, and the new literacies: digital, media, global. Dr. Jacobs's current focus is on transitioning from "old school" to new learning environments.

Leslie Johnson • HOT Schools Summer Institute Faculty, Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist,
Track and Workshop Co-Presenter
Coventry, CT
Leslie is a creative writer and Integrating Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She has designed and implemented arts-infused writing residencies at schools, museums, and community organizations across CT, and has conducted professional development workshops on arts-in-education in the New England area. She serves as a Mentor Teaching Artist for the COA and has been a faculty member of the HOT Schools Summer Institute. Leslie received an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her fiction has been broadcast on NPR, and published in over thirty literary anthologies and academic journals. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Hartford where she recently received recognition for excellence in teaching and creative scholarship.

Brandon Kazen-Maddox • Informance Presenter
San Francisco, CA
Brandon Kazen-Maddox is a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and considers American Sign Language (ASL) to be his first language. He has been a professional ASL interpreter since 2010, and Video Relay Service interpreter with Convo Communications since 2014. He is involved in the theatre and entertainment world as both a performer and performance interpreter. Recent assignments include voice interpreting for 'The Deafhood Monologues' 2014, voice-to-sign interpreting the musical 'Newsies' 2015 and functioning as the Deaf Culture, ASL liaison and performance interpreter for California School for the Deaf and Oakland School for the Arts' Winter production of the musical 'RENT'. Brandon's passion is rooted in theater, performance, circus and dance and he intends to continue to create artistic works with as many Deaf and hearing ASL-users as he can!

Beth Klingher • Former HOT Schools Teacher, Workshop Presenter
New Haven, CT
Beth Klingher has taught middle school math in the New Haven Public Schools for almost ten years and is currently working as a part-time coach to help teachers improve student performance. She also works with schools integrating art into curriculum, with specific emphasis on middle and high school math.

Thomasina Levy • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Track Co-Presenter
Litchfield, CT
Connecticut State Troubadour (2005/2006), Thomasina is an award winning, internationally recognized mountain dulcimer player, singer, and songwriter whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. With a Master of Science degree in Education, she uses music and art to help students of all ages discover their own creative spirits throughout the United States. Thomasina is a Connecticut Commission on the Arts' Teaching Artist and is now a Teaching Artist Mentor. Her most recent recording project, Out of Many We Are One, received the NAMA Award for Best Song/Single of the Year.

Taylor Mali • Informance Presenter
Brooklyn, NY
Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society. Years ago he was the official voice of Burger King.

Page McBrier • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Co-Presenter
New Haven, CT
Page is a veteran Connecticut Office of the Arts teaching artist and an award-winning author of 44 books for young readers, including the NY Times bestseller, BEATRICE'S GOAT. She holds a BA degree in theater and education, and her arts-infused residencies joyfully blend theater, movement, drawing and writing into the school curriculum.

Celeste Miller • HOT Schools Summer Institute Faculty, Track and Workshop Presenter
Atlanta, GA & Grinnell IA
Celeste Miller, MFA has been working with arts integration in the K-12 classroom for over 30 years. Her work in this arena includes residencies as a teaching artist in schools across the United States, collaborating with classroom teachers to design and implement the integration of creative movement into their curriculum, and as a "teacher of teachers" to use kinesthetic learning in the classroom. Celeste is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College, IA. She is a national adjunct faculty member for Lesley University's Integrated Teaching through the Arts Masters in Education. Celeste is also the author and director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's 20-year old "Curriculum in Motion" program. She has been part of the HOT Schools Summer Institute faculty since 2005.

Kristina Newman-Scott • Director of Culture, State of Connecticut
Hartford, CT
Kristina Newman-Scott, is the Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut. She previously held the position of Director of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs (MECA) for the City of Hartford. Newman-Scott used the creative industry as a tool to support the arts economy, remediate blight and celebrate the richness of Hartford's cultural and historic assets. Her leadership in the community has earned her several awards and recognitions including being selected as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, a Hive Global Leadership Selectee and a Hartford Business Journal Forty Under 40 awardee in 2014 and most recently as a 2015 Next City Vanguard 40 Under 40 participant. Kristina has been a visiting curator, guest lecturer and panelist at many organizations and institutions across the country and was a popular television personality and visual artist in Jamaica, where she was born and raised. She became a citizen of this country in 2013.

Louise Pascale • HOT Schools Summer Institute Faculty, Track and Workshop Co-Presenter
Cambridge, MA
Louise Pascale, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University and has worked for 25 years in the field of arts and education. Her research interest focuses on investigating ways singing impacts cultural reference, community building and education. Louise, a long time HOT Schools Summer Institute faculty member, has spent the last 10 years as founder and director of the Afghan Children's Songbook project.

Mark Patnode • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Presenter
New London, CT
Mark received his BFA from Purchase College and is a Fellow of Urban Artists Initiative. Listed in Who's Who in American Art, Mark's work is in the Smithsonian Institution Permanent Collection. Mark was selected by Governor Rell to create a painting of the Charter Oak for Connecticut's 375th Anniversary. He has been a Teaching Artist with the Connecticut Office of the Arts for over 10 years.

Won-Ldy Paye • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Presenter
Hartford, CT
Won-Ldy is a children's book author, artist and performer. He has worked classrooms in Liberia, Canada, Mexico, Nepal and United States demonstrating how complex ideas can be understood via simple artistic processes through his grounding in West African culture. He hosts a weekly African music show on WRTC FM 89.3.

Sally Rogers • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Presenter
Pomfret, CT
Sally is a veteran classroom music teacher, currently at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. She is also a Teaching Artist with the Connecticut Office of the Arts and Arts for Learning Connecticut. In her parallel career as a songwriter and performing artist, she has made 14 award winning albums, four for children. Her songs are in the Unitarian and Quaker hymnals, Rise Up Singing, and both nationally distributed music textbook series. She was Connecticut's 1997 State Troubadour.

Kate Rushin • Workshop Presenter
East Hampton, CT
Kate Rushin, MFA, Creative Writing, Brown University, has taught at MIT, Wesleyan, and Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and has run workshops for the CT Humanities/Poetry Out Loud. She serves on the CT Poetry Circuit and the James Merrill House Committee.

Anna Sanko • Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist, Workshop Presenter
New Haven, CT
Anna Sanko is founder/executive director of the non-profit Architecture Resource Center. She has a M.A. in Education from Goddard College, a Pratt Institute Industrial Design degree, a CT Interior Design license, is a COA Teaching Artist, and worked as a project manager for 15 years in CT architectural firms.

Darcy Scholz • Workshop Co-Presenter
Easton, CT
Darcy Scholz has been a fourth grade teacher at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, CT since 1997 and has been integrating arts in her classroom since then! She enjoys being part of a HOTS school, specifically creating enriching activities in HOT blocks. She has attended many HOT Institutes over the years, and has presented there during the last three summers.

Lu Sun • Performance
Hartford, CT
Lu Sun began her violin studies at the age of seven in Beijing, China and traveled alone to the United States at the age of twelve. She received a full scholarship to study at the Crowden School in Berkeley, California. She performed for Aaron Copland at the age of fourteen and made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age seventeen. As a chamber musician she has performed with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. In recent years she was a member of the opera orchestra at the Opera House in Valencia, Spain under the direction of Lorin Maazel. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and has studied with the Tokyo String Quartet and the Cleveland Quartet. She currently plays in the Hartford Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and Sarasota Opera Orchestra.

Attallah Sheppard • Workshop Presenter
Waterford, CT
Attallah is a spirited Spoken Word artist who has worked in youth development and educational arts programs for over 10 years. In 2003, she and a few teenagers from New London, CT, under the guidance of a strong leader, founded Writer's Block Ink (WBI), a non-profit educational arts program dedicated to connecting urban youth to the arts. She has served as the Acting and Writing Instructor, Assistant Director and Creative Director. In 2007, she was Connecticut's State Champion for the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition. She works with Connecticut Writing Project, Fairfield University, and hosting Writing Our Lives conferences. Attallah works as an Academic Advisor with Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership, is Co-Facilitator for RYASAP's Teen Leadership Institute and performs her poetry on stages across the state in hopes to inspire, encourage and empower.

Caleb Teicher • Informance Presenter
New York, NY
Caleb Teicher is a performer, choreographer, and teacher based in NYC. A 2011 Bessie Award Winner, favorite performance credits include Dorrance Dance, West Side Story (Int'l Tour), Irma La Douce (City Center Encores!), and The Chase Brock Experience. Caleb works frequently as a choreographer and collaborator for concert dance and musical theater/interdisciplinary performance. Recent work includes The Sky Is Falling? (Assistant Director to Bill T. Jones), Be More Chill (Assistant Choreographer, Two River Theater), Alientologists Short Film (Choreographer), as well as work at Juilliard and Pace University. He is on the faculty at CAP 21's Musical Theater Conservatory and teaches dance at various studios in New York City.

Patricia Daly Vance • Informance Presenter
Hartford, CT
Patricia has performed as a violist with the Hartford Symphony for 30 years. She has served as Orchestra Committee Chair and Musician Representative to the HSO Board. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music, and received her Master's in Viola Performance at the Juilliard School, where she was awarded a full scholarship as a student of Lillian Fuchs.

Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell • Plenary Remarks
South Windsor, CT
Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell has been an educator in Connecticut for over 25 years. She was appointed as Commissioner of Education by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in April 2015, after serving as Interim Commissioner since January 2015. Dr. Wentzell began her career in education as a social studies teacher and later as a teacher for gifted students. She served as the State Department of Education's chief academic officer, overseeing the Bureau of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and the Standards Implementation Division. Before joining the Department, Dr. Wentzell served as assistant superintendent of schools in Hartford, and in district leadership positions with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment in both South Windsor and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) magnet schools. Dr. Wentzell has a bachelor's degree in Russian studies from Mount Holyoke College, a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.

Heather Wolpert-Gawron • Track Presenter
Arcadia, CA
Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher, author, and blogger for The George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia.org. She's passionate about Project Based Learning and helping teachers develop their unique voice as curriculum designers. She's a comic book geek whose Superhero Unit is being published by Routledge Publishing in 2015.

Derron M. Wood • Workshop Presenter
New London, CT
Derron has been a master teaching artist since 1995, and is the Executive Artistic Director for New London's Flock Theatre. He is on the faculty of the National Theatre Institute and teaches as an adjunct professor in area colleges.

Peter Zay • Informance Presenter
Hartford, CT
Peter's musical achievements have taken him to concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Central America. He appears regularly at the International Musical Arts Institute chamber music concerts in Fryeburg, Maine, and travels frequently to Spain to perform as a guest of the Quartetto Saravasti. As a member of the American Sinfonietta, he has toured many of Europe's leading venues. He has been featured live on WFCR and WAMC Public Radio and has been heard on radio broadcasts across the United States and in Europe. Mr. Zay performs frequently in recital with pianist Anne Chamberlain.

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Bonnie Koba
• Director
Durham, CT
Bonnie is Connecticut Office of the Arts' Arts in Education Program Manager and Director of the Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Program. She has developed and managed Connecticut's Directory of Teaching and Performing Artists; CT State Troubadour program, Poetry Out Loud; Artist, School and State Museum Partnerships; and several grants programs including Arts Learning, Creative Placemaking, Early Learning, Underserved Youth, and Creative Collaborations. As Director of HOT Schools Bonnie oversees all aspects of program design, implementation, activities, professional development and outreach, and she is currently focused on developing and implementing program partnerships and expansion plans. She collaborates with participating schools and school districts and works with local arts leaders as well as the CT Department of Education, and nationally recognized consultants in the area of arts in education to design professional development for teachers, teaching artists, parents and administrators, and she consults nationally on these topics. Bonnie represents Connecticut on regional and national arts in education consortiums including New England Consortium of Artist Educator Professionals (NECAP), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). She served on NASAA's Arts Learning Advisory Group, a mix of state arts agency executive directors and education managers who advise on policy, and she represents Connecticut for the New England Foundation for the Arts' (NEFA) Touring Program. She currently represents the New England Region and is a past chair of the Arts Education Work Group (AEWG), the arts education leadership body representing the NASAA/NEA partnership. Bonnie has also served as a Connecticut Humanities Programs Advisory Committee member, advisor to Hartford Performs, and is a former executive director of Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind.

Amy Goldbas • Associate Director for Program Design
West Simsbury, CT
Amy Goldbas formerly managed Connecticut Office of the Arts' Arts in Education program and co-directed the HOT Schools program for 12 years. She holds a BA in Child Development and a Masters in Arts Education. Prior to her work with HOT Schools, she worked in museum education at the Boston Children's Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art designing programs for individuals with challenges and families with severely disabled children. She also served as an exhibition assistant and museum liaison for Jim Henson and The Muppets. She was Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art's Harmanus Bleecker Community Arts Center designing integrated arts experiences. Amy's work in arts education focuses on arts integrated program design and implementation and professional development for teachers, teaching artists, parents and administrators. She has been a consultant for museums, schools and arts organizations in arts in education program design, and is an author and visual artist.

Christopher Eaves • Associate Director for Professional Development
New York, NY
Christopher Eaves is the Artistic Director of eavesdrop® and Associate Director for Professional Development for Higher Order Thinking Schools. Christopher has served on the HOT Schools Summer Institute faculty since 1999. He has provided arts residencies, professional development and keynote addresses for educational institutions throughout the United States. As a playwright, designer, director, actor and producer he has created over fifteen original theatrical works and has performed throughout the world. In 2014 Christopher performed BULLSEYE, his theatrical memoir on brotherhood, bullying, identify and intolerance, throughout South Korea with the support of the U.S. Embassy, Seoul. While there he also lectured at Seoul National University of Education and Daegu National University of Education. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the Monacan Indian Nation and the U.S. Department of State Speakers Bureau.

Kim Renee Thibodeau • Implementation and Operations Specialist
Portland, CT
Kim is the creator of Kimnetics, using creative movements to connect body, mind, spirit and emotions. She designed, implemented and nationally launched the in-school program, Recess Rocks: a creative, dynamic movement program for elementary school children, which brings fun, low-cost, non-competitive exercise and kinesthetic learning into recess, school Celebrations! Active Classrooms, teacher workshops and movement instructor training. She also designed and implemented the Nutrition and Physical Demonstration Activity for the State of Connecticut Department of Health. She has presented at TEDX, Go Red for Women and several Connecticut colleges. As a Dance Teaching Artist Kim has provided Teacher Artist Collaborations (TACs) in multiple HOT schools.

Ian Applegate • Videographer
New Haven, CT
Ian Applegate produces art as Stereomedia which includes Kid Analog (illustrations), Flipbook Island (hand-drawn animations and educational program), as well as music under the name L.S. Aristotle. Ian invented and registered a math symbol, which was approved by the U.S. Patent Office, and most recently designed a "Hyper Local Social Media Network" known as Nhv.Org in New Haven, Connecticut. He has produced (or is currently producing) media for: State Department of Transportation, State Office of the Arts, New Haven Public Schools, The City of New Haven, Town Green District Special Services and Yale University Properties. Someday, he hopes, you'll watch his films.

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