Educator Resource Center Created for teachers and educational professionals
The Educator Resource Center (ERC) contains a wide array of books, Art Connection Kits, videos and other materials available for check out. The ERC staff also provide curriculum consultation and professional development sessions to assist educators with art-integration strategies for their classes and community programs.
Come in and browse our shelves or search the online catalog. Access the ERC’s online catalog.
You must register with the ERC to borrow materials. Register now to become an ERC patron.
Contact the Educator Resource Center.
Thursday, Noon-5 p.m.
Friday, Noon–5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Or by appointment
The Educator Resource Center is supported in part by H&R Block.
Art Connection Kits Engage Students
Art Connection Kits are available to reserve and check out for 2 weeks, and provide multi-disciplinary, hands-on enrichment activities related to various areas of the museum collection based on historic periods and cultural groups. Hands-on materials provide a tactile experience along with visual, auditory and olfactory components to engage through a variety of learning modalities.
Current kits available are:
Contact the Educator Resource Center for more information
Professional Development For educators of all disciplines.
Interested in bringing educators to the Nelson-Atkins for a professional development experience?
We offer FREE sessions that can introduce teachers to the museum’s resources, familiarize them with object-based learning, and inspire them to bring the exploration of works of art back to their classrooms in meaningful, engaging ways.
Professional development sessions are available Wednesday through Friday for groups of up to 40 educators. Off-site sessions at your school can also be arranged by request.
Professional development topics include:
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.
Documents and Downloads Information from professional development programs
Visual Thinking Strategies
Beginner VTS training presentation (PDF)
Understanding the Basics (PDF)
Conferences and Presentations
NSTA Presentation (PDF)