Visual Thinking and the Common Core (K-12)

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Program Description:
What is Visual Thinking? How can I use it in my classroom? Join Nelson-Atkins staff for an introductory workshop that bridges Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and the Common Core State Standards. Participants will learn how VTS is a powerful tool for building learners’ critical thinking skills, as well as associated reading comprehension skills which strengthen literacy.

Length: This workshop is available as a one-hour presentation or a 3-hour workshop.
Target audience: This workshop is recommended for K-12 classroom teachers of all disciplines.

This workshop is available offsite! Please indicate on your request form if you would like Nelson-Atkins staff to deliver this program at your school.

Please note that this workshop is not a Visual Thinking Strategies practicum. If you are interested in training your staff in VTS, please email

Program alignments to CCSS-ELA:
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading #7

Gather relevant information in multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
- College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Writing #8

Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively
- College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Speaking and Listening #1

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