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.

Art, Nature & Change with Andy Goldsworthy’s Walking Wall
Sept 19 | REGISTER
Explore cycles of change in nature and art in our outdoor Sculpture Park.

The World of Nefertari with Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt
Dec 5
This immersive exhibition reveals details of daily life, art, and society in ancient Egypt.

Curatorial Practice in the Classroom
Jan 30
Take a look inside the process of selecting and interpreting works of art for public display.

Media Literacy with Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali, The Image of a Champion, 1966/70
Feb 27
Consider how photographs can shape the image of public figures.

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.