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VTS Trainer Fellowship
Visual Thinking Strategies Trainer Fellowship


About VTS
Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a facilitation method and professional development program based on more than 20 years of collaboration between cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen, veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine, and their colleagues. The Visual Thinking Strategies organization is responsible for carrying out and evolving this incredible work into the future.

As an organization, VTS is comprised of arts and education professionals who specialize in deep listening and responsive teaching practices. As a network, VTS is a robust international community of practice that gathers in-person and online.

Through our work, VTS organization seeks to:
Support educators in building collaborative, reflective learning communities that respect and celebrate diverse viewpoints, individual experience, and learning styles
Shift education practice and transform classrooms to be learner centered, inclusive, and relevant
Increase critical thinking, visual literacy, communication & collaboration skills for all learners
Continually evolve VTS practice and training to be more representative, inclusive, and accessible
Connect VTS practitioners, fostering a larger community of collaboration and reflective practice

About the VTS Trainer Fellowship
The demand for Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) training has increased, and the VTS organization is set to expand its roster of Trainers. The VTS Trainer Fellowship is a VTS Trainer development program that provides paid, on-the-job mentorship, certification, and supportive opportunities to build skills and confidence to train others in the VTS method.

The 2022 VTS Trainer Fellowship program is seeking VTS practitioners who have already completed the VTS Beginner Practicum, Advanced Practicum, and *Coaching Workshop I (in-person and/or online), and who maintain an active VTS practice. We are specifically seeking applicants with cultural backgrounds and life experiences that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts and cultural sector and within the VTS staff.
The VTS Trainer Fellowship program is aiming to hire a diverse roster of 4-6 practitioners who will assemble a complementary learning cohort, supported by the current VTS staff of Trainers and Coaches.

Fellowship Benefits
Fellows will be hired by Commonweal as part-time employees of Visual Thinking Strategies.
Fellows will learn with a cohort of peers and VTS Trainers & Coaches.
Rate of pay (for all aspects of teaching, planning, debriefing): $37/hour.
Upon successful completion of Fellowship Components (below), Fellows will be awarded VTS Facilitator, Coach, & Trainer Certifications.
Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, new Trainers will have possible opportunities to work with the VTS staff, as well as work as independent contractors working outside of the VTS organization.

Preferred Qualifications
Completion of VTS Beginner Practicum
Completion of VTS Advanced Practicum
Completion of VTS Coaching Workshop I
*or availability to complete the VTS Coaching Workshop I Online in February 2022 as a participant (comped); Fellowship work will not start until this is complete.

Demonstrate active, up-to-date VTS facilitation and coaching practices
Comfort working with learners of all ages
Comfort working on Zoom and remotely
Access to personal computer
Availability to commit to a flexible program schedule for 6-12 months (please review schedule requirements on next page).
Excellent interpersonal skills, curiosity and a desire for deepening VTS practice
Proficiency in Spanish a plus

Fellowship Training Components (Required)
Within the Fellowship year (6-12 months), each Fellow will join (6) VTS Beginner Practicums (Public Programs and/or Consulting Programs), as well as (12) VTS Look Club Online programs, taking on various roles within the training team, to scaffold skill development over time.
Each Fellow will receive structured mentorship from various VTS staff members during each program. This debrief time is built into the program schedule and is paid time.
The Fellowship Cohort will meet quarterly with the Fellowship program manager, Em Miller, VTS Trainer & Operations Manager. This meeting time is built into the program schedule and is paid time.
The total time commitment for each Fellow is 158 hours, over 6-12 months. This is the total paid time for each participant in the program.

If you meet the above preferred qualifications for this program and you would like to apply, please complete the VTS Trainer Fellowship 2022 application.

Applications will be accepted until:
11:59pm (Pacific Time) on December 12, 2021.

The VTS Trainer Fellowship Cohort will be announced in December 2021, and will begin in January 2022.

For more information about the VTS Trainer Fellowship program, please contact Em Miller, VTS Trainer & Operations Manager:

Visual Thinking Strategies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All positions at VTS are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  All are encouraged to apply.