Educator Resource Center Created for teachers and educational professionals
Note: On Friday, August 11, the ERC will be open from 3:00 to 5:00 pm ONLY. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.
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.
Through the Eyes of Picasso
Nov. 2 | 5-7 pm | $5
American Art, American Stories
Dec. 14 | 5-7 pm | $5
Treasures of Asia
Feb. 8 | 5-7 pm | $5
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)