Educator Opportunities
Empowering and connecting educators through art

Choose from a variety of professional learning opportunities and resources for educators! Special events and customized experiences empower educators to build lesson and unit plans that engage students with art from the Nelson-Atkins.

All Educator Programs will be virtual or offsite for the 2020-2021 school year. The Educator Resource Center will be open for individual visits and consultations; see here for details.

Professional Development

Developed on-demand for groups of educators. Learn ways to build the observation, critical thinking, and literacy skills students need to thrive in today’s global society.

Professional development sessions led by Nelson-Atkins educators introduce teachers to museum resources, familiarize them with object-based learning, and inspire them to make art a meaningful part of their teaching practice.

Virtual PD sessions are available using the teleconferencing platform of your choice, though Zoom or Microsoft Teams are preferred. The following topics can be adapted to fit your group’s needs and interests:

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

Virtual sessions can be scheduled Mon-Fri for groups of at least 5 educators. Scheduling requests must be received at least 3 weeks before the desired program date. Offsite in-person sessions may be available by request.

Please contact the ERC here for more information or to schedule a session.

Professional Development


Teacher Workshops

Integrate art into your teaching and engage students in close looking and critical thinking while deepening curricular connections.

Thematic workshops built around pre-determined topics are offered throughout the school year. Participating educators explore the museum’s collections, learn about connecting art with their curriculum, and receive resources to engage students in close looking and critical thinking.

Check back for more information about virtual workshops as plans for the 2020-2021 school year take shape.

Teacher Workshops


Social Media For Educators

Let’s connect! Like and follow us on social media for teaching ideas, resources, and inspiration.

Join our community of educators on Facebook (@NelsonAtkinsEducators) or Instagram (@k12museums) for engaging activities, discussion questions, resource sharing, and information on museum programming.

Social Media for Educators


Teacher Advisory Board

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

Board members act as valuable liaisons between the museum and school communities, keeping museum staff up to date about school system developments and broadening the reach of the museum by sharing Nelson-Atkins resources with colleagues. They provide feedback on programming, and help museum staff develop offerings that are aligned with school curricula.

Teacher Advisory Board members are museum volunteers and receive all volunteer benefits.

Teacher Advisory Board

Learn more about volunteer benefits at the Nelson-Atkins here.

“Honestly I loved everything about being selected to be a member of the Teacher Advisory Board. Being treated as a true professional and asked for input while getting to know other educators was fantastic.” – Teacher Advisory Board member, 2016-18

Teacher Advisory Board

Interested in joining? Applications for the next two-year term will be posted on the Careers page in summer of 2020. For more information, please contact lhartigan@nelson-atkins.org.