Educator Programs

For education professionals and students

Professional Development

The Nelson-Atkins offers sessions and workshops that introduce teachers to museum resources, familiarize them with object-based learning, and inspire them to bring the exploration of works of art back to their classrooms.

Sessions are available Wed-Fri for groups of up to 40 educators. Off-site sessions available by request.

Linking Language and Art (K-5)
Art, Literacy, and Critical Thinking (2-12)
Visual Art Through a Social Studies Lens (6-12)

Please contact the ERC for more information.

Teacher Workshops

Join fellow educators in exploring the museum’s collections, learning how to connect art with your curriculum, and picking up resources to engage students in close looking and critical thinking.

Registration is $5, which includes garage parking. Workshops are 5-7 pm. Check back soon for 2019-2020 workshop themes and dates!

Summer Teacher Workshop: Talking About Race & Identity with Contemporary Art
June 10-11 | Register
Engage with works of art featured in the exhibition 30 Americans as you build a foundation for addressing race, identity, bias, and equity in the classroom.
*Note special timing and pricing*
9 am–3 pm each day
$35 (includes lunch and garage parking)

Educator Collaborative

Looking for a refreshing way to share ideas with fellow teachers and hear about creative approaches to learning?

Join us for this FREE program, which brings educators together to explore trends, challenges, opportunities, and successes in education, all in the inspiring environment of the museum.

Each Educator Collaborative session features guest experts, refreshments, and structured conversations on topics of interest to teachers. Check back soon for 2019-2010 Educator Collaborative dates!

Teacher Advisory Board

The volunteer Teacher Advisory Board is made up of active educators from the greater Kansas City metro region who teach a range of subjects: art, elementary general education, middle and high school social studies, English language arts, STEM, and special education.