2nd Annual VTS Summer Institute
July 23-26, 2014
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Since our organization began almost 20 years ago, we have seen VTS expand, deepen, and generate new kinds of programming. This continues to happen because our incredible community of VTS practitioners work with so much perseverance, creativity and focus to bring students to the center of teaching and learning. THANK YOU!!
So, let’s take time again this summer to CONVENE, LEARN from, and SHARE with one another. This VTS 2014 Summer Institute will meet at the
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. We are thrilled to partner with this acclaimed museum and to be working with an energetic, supportive staff. This year's Institute will focus on VTS and the Common Core State Standards. The four days will be broken into two parts.
The first two days, we will offer hands-on workshops to develop essential skills needed to support the kind of shifts outlined by CCSS. Depending on experience, participants can attend a beginning practicum or a small intensive workshop focused on assessing VTS-nurtured growth.
The second two days will emphasize the sharing of experience and will focus on connections between VTS and the skills sought by Common Core, especially the anchor standards that address thinking and literacy that spans disciplines. Share-out sessions will cover a range of practices and will be led by people with years of experience with VTS, but in a variety of contexts, addressing a wide range of student/teacher needs.
Please refer to ‘Program Topics and Objectives’ at the bottom of the page for more information about all of the workshops and sessions.
Schedule and Registration
The Beginner Practicum and Assessment Workshop will begin on Wednesday, July 23rd at 10:00AM. These separate, 2-day workshops will end on Thursday at 5:00PM. The second 2-days, VTS & CCSS: Share-Outs, will begin on Friday, July 25th at 10:00AM, ending on Saturday, July 26th at 5:00PM.
We encourage everyone to participate in all 4 days of the Summer Institute, though participants do have the choice to join for the first 2 days, or the last 2 days.
Fees and Registration:
Fee includes access to sessions. Coffee/tea, lunch, and snacks will also be provided.
Please use the links below to register for the Summer Institute:
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please email SummerInstitute@vue.org if you are interested in being put on the waiting list.
July 23-26: Beginner Practicum and VTS & CCSS: Share-Outs (4 days)
July 23-26: Assessment workshop and VTS & CCSS: Share-Outs (4 days)
July 23-24: Beginner Practicum (2 days only)
July 23-24: Assessment Workshop (2 days only)
July 25-26: VTS & CCSS: Share-Outs (2 days)
*NOTE: There are specific and enforced pre-requisites for the Assessment Workshop – please see below. Make sure you qualify to attend before registering. If you have any questions, please email SummerInstitute@vue.org.
VTS is able to provide affordable dormitory housing at Rockhurst University during the Summer Institute!
When: Housing is available Tuesday night through Friday night (checking out Saturday)
Cost: $50 a night (non-refundable)
Location: The dorm is about a .8 mile walk to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Registration: Registration for housing is now closed.
Summer Institutes are made possible with generous support from:
The Good Works Foundation
Lambent Foundation of Tides Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Panta Rhea Foundation
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Program Topics & Objectives
July 23-24, 2014
Wednesday and Thursday
Click HERE for a full description of workshops and presenters!
Depending on experience, participants can attend one of the following for the first 2 days of the Summer Institute:
Led by Yoon Kang-O’Higgins, VTS Executive Director
- What is this training? This Practicum is an introduction to VTS and the research and theory on which it is based. Participants will observe, analyze and practice VTS with coaching, continuously reflecting on the relationship of theory to practice. There will be practical work in the galleries, teaching with critique and thinking through image choices. Throughout, ample time will be provided for discussion and reflection.
- Who should attend? The two-day Practicum at the VTS Summer Institute is focused on developing VTS facilitation skills. This is a beginning level training for people who have had little or no experience with VTS. While some time is allotted to examining theoretical underpinnings of VTS, the focus is helping participants learn to do VTS well.
Aggregating What We Know: A Workshop on Assessing VTS Learning
Led by Philip Yenawine, co-founder of VTS and Karin DeSantis, Co-owner Rosebriar Consulting/Former VTS Aesthetic Development Director
- What is this training? This two-day intensive workshop will bring together classroom teachers, trainers and administrators who have implemented VTS over three years and carefully observed/documented changes in themselves and their students. The intention is to learn from one another and pull together strands of ongoing practices across the VTS community into a common perspective on growth. Outcomes from this workshop will inform training that helps teachers recognize the thinking and language skills attained and to link them to Common Core anchor standards. Our facilitated discussions work will be guided by questions shared in advance to allow for thoughtful preparation. We expect participants to bring examples of work they think germane to feed into the conversations that will be facilitated.
- Who should attend? This workshop is intended only for educators and administrators with experience in implementing the VTS Curriculum. The pre-requisites for attendance are:
- Teachers: must have at least 2 years of teaching the elementary school VTS Curriculum
- Trainers/Administrators/School Coordinators: must at least 3 years of implementing/supervising the elementary school VTS Curriculum
- Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for those with experience working with other grade levels. Please email SummerInstitute@vue.org if you wish to be considered.
July 25-26, 2014
Friday and Saturday
The second half of the Institute will emphasize the sharing of experience and will focus on connections between VTS and the skills sought by Common Core, especially the anchor standards that address thinking and literacy across disciplines. Share-out sessions will cover a range of practices and will be led by experienced VTS practitioners from a variety of contexts, addressing a wide range of student/teacher needs.
Click HERE for a full description of all sessions and presenters!
Opening Session Keynote by Philip Yenawine
Transforming the Museum Experience with VTS
Sara Sims - School Partnerships Liaison, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Rosie Riordan - Head, School and Educator Services, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Stephanie Knappe - Samuel Sosland Curator, American Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
VTS + Research (over time)
Michelle Grohe - Director of School and Teacher Programs, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA)
ArtTIME in Louisiana
Julie Fox - Project Director ArtTIME, AEMDD, Lafayette Parish School System
Nick Gardner, VTS Trainer
Deepening Learning with VTS Literacy & Math
Marion Bageant - Teacher, Spokane Public Schools, WA
Heidi Arbogast - Curator of Visual Literacy, Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA
Engaging Young Men: Addressing the Literacy Needs of Struggling Boy Writers with VTS
Mary Franco – Educator
VTS and Courageous Conversations: Talking about Race
Kim Aziz, VTS Regional Manager, Portland, Oregon
Mirka Jablonski, VTS Associate School Trainer, Portland, Oregon
Visual Thinking Strategies in Science
Kerri Ziemann - Senior Educator, The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY
VTS Core School Program
Amy Chase Gulden, VTS National Program Director, Education
Liz Harvey, VTS Regional Director, San Francisco, CA