AFLCT contracted PERG Learning through Senior Research Partner Gene Diaz in Spring 2021 to lead a developmental evaluation of HOT Schools. This evaluation included the development, implementation, and review of numerous research tools and protocols—including surveys, observations, and interviews with key stakeholders. Ultimately, this project was meant both to investigate the impact of the program
A peek inside HOT Schools: Rob Santos’ Arts Workshop at Harding High School in Bridgeport
Teaching Artist Rob Santos designed a HOT Schools Arts Workshop to address a Harding High School classroom teacher’s wish to “engage students in crafting a story to help them express their thoughts on the novel We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.” The Arts Workshop entitled Voicing our Feelings in our Family and the Secrets we Keep created a safe environment in
Introducing our new HOT Schools video!
Check out arts integration in action at Church Street School in Hamden, CT—brought to life by the students, teachers, administrators, and Teaching Artists who make it happen. Special thank you to AFLCT Teaching Artist Craig Norton for his work on this video!
HOT Schools arts integration in action: Ashford School nature walk
In this video, we take a late October evening walk along the wooded nature trail at Ashford School to view artfully illuminated pumpkins, drawings, and nature poetry created by second grade HOT Schools student-artists. In this HOT Schools Fall 2022 AIR (Arts Integrated Residency) “Autumn Inspirations: Exploring Nature Through the Arts,” students studied the environmental
AFLCT Staff and TAs celebrate in Bridgeport
This weekend Arts for Learning Connecticut staff and Teaching Artists got together for a fall picnic in Bridgeport’s beautiful Beardsley Park. Joined by family and friends (four-legged and otherwise!), we spent the afternoon enjoying delicious food and rhythmic tunes from the impromptu drum circle. AFLCT intends to host these gatherings in cities and regions across
“Emerge” – Training and mentorship program for emerging Teaching Artists
The application period for the 2023 Emerge Pilot Cohort is now closed. Emerge is Arts for Learning Connecticut’s training and mentorship program for emerging Teaching Artists. This program advances arts in education by promoting collaboration between classroom teachers and Teaching Artists and ensuring successful learning outcomes for students. We accomplish this by providing meaningful learning
Liberty Bank Foundation grants $5,000 to AFLCT for HOT Schools in Hamden
Arts for Learning Connecticut is thrilled to announce a $5,000 grant from Liberty Bank Foundation! This funding will support the third year of our whole-school, deep impact, teaching and learning program, Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools, at Church St Elementary School in Hamden. Through this program, all students and educators at the school benefit from
AFLCT to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Arts for Learning Connecticut has been approved for a $35,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools. As a part of AFLCT’s whole-school, deep impact, teaching and learning program, this project will support professional development in Social and Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching,
Alicia Cobb wins The Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment Award
We are thrilled to share that Alicia Cobb, an Arts for Learning Connecticut Teaching Artist, has won The Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Award. Hosted by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, the Artist Award “recognizes a creative individual or group in Fairfield County who has demonstrated a commitment to artistic
Hamden Community Development Block Grant-funded programming for families in May
Arts for Learning Connecticut has received funding through the Town of Hamden Community Development Block Grant, supported by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, to implement community arts experiences in the town! AFLCT has partnered with Hamden’s CDBG program for a number of years to provide free services for youth and families, including
Rachna Agrawal named to International Dance Council!
AFLCT Teaching Artist Rachna Agrawal has been named to the International Dance Council, CID UNESCO. From the organization’s website: “CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. It
Calling all Ion Bank Customers! Vote for AFLCT!
The Ion Bank Foundation Community Awards Program gives away $70,000 to local non-profit organizations with each Ion Bank customer eligible to vote for their favorite non-profit organization. AFLCT is not only a customer of Ion Bank but also a recipient of program grant funds, and we are grateful for their support and the work they do