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VTS Fellowships


About the VTS Coaching Fellowship

The VTS Coaching Fellowship seeks not only to build a pipeline for experienced, trained VTS coaches, but to increase equity and inclusion in arts education by providing in-depth VTS training and professional development to individuals from marginalized communities.  This fellowship is aimed at those who will benefit most from the training and who might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop careers within this field.  We specifically seek applicants with cultural backgrounds, abilities and life experiences that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts and cultural sector.  

About VTS

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) transforms the way students think and learn. Based in theory and research, our program uses skilled facilitation of visual art discussions to significantly increase student engagement, performance, and enjoyment of learning.

Visual Thinking Strategies is the result of more than 20 years of collaboration between cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen, veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine, and their colleagues.  Since its founding in 1995, VTS has influenced the landscape of education in schools and museums around the world, reaching over 1 million students in 33 states and 18 countries through more than 5,000 educators in more than 300 schools and 100 museums. Our research, and that of others, has continued to confirm that VTS is an effective means of developing critical thinking and communication skills with every demographic.

Our mission is to empower individuals to broaden their capacity to make meaning, to shift education practice to prioritize facilitation of learner experience, to connect the VTS network to foster collaboration and reflective practice.  We believe that rigorous discussion about visual art activates unique, transformational learning accessible to all. We envision a culture where careful listening and engagement build a community of open-minded and thoughtful citizens.

As the demand for our program has increased, we find ourselves in need of developing coaches to support teachers who are building their VTS practice. Coaches will support VTS Trainers in museum and school settings by modeling VTS discussions and utilizing VTS’s coaching protocol with individuals and small groups. VTS Coaches must be strong VTS facilitators, as well as able to support those learning the method in a constructive, fair and yet rigorous way.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend for completion of the 10-month Fellowship program (September 2018 – June 2019).  
  • Two Fellowships will be awarded for 2018-19 .

Fellowship Training Components

  • 6 days of VTS workshops at various levels, hosted at NYC museums
  • 3-day VTS Coaching Workshop
  • 2 days of shadowing/in-class support in NYC DOE schools
  • 12 hours of debriefing with VTS Trainer
  • 10 hours of VTS facilitation with groups of learners of various ages


  • Experience working in K-12 education in-school or out-of-school settings 
  • Comfort working with adult and child learners
  • Familiarity of art, art history, and/or museum education
  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Mandarin a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Completion of the VTS Fellowship may lead to additional opportunities as a VTS Coach.

Visual Thinking Strategies is an equal opportunity employer  welcoming applicants from a variety of identities inclusive of race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual identity, ability, religion, age, education, national origin, citizenship, and ethnicity.


Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents remotely or in one of our VTS Regions please send us an email with your name and areas of interest and skills.  We are often in need of pro-bono design, legal, marketing and technology professional services.

Job Opportunities

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.

Currently, there are no job opportunities at VTS.