Success Stories

Throughout the country, VTS has given teachers new opportunities for success in the classroom, given students comprehensive skills they can use for a lifetime, and created exciting collaborations between museums and their communities. For more personal stories on what VTS can do, please read about in in their own words:

VTS in Schools

VTS in Museums

Guiding Principles

"To build a society that is innovative, prosperous, and truly democratic we need to teach next generations not just facts and skills, but how to learn, how to communicate, and how to think creatively, critically, independently."
--Philip Yenawine, VTS Co-Founder

  • VTS helps to navigate new situations through observation, reasoning and respectful interaction.
  • VTS strengthens students' critical thinking skills, as well as their analytical reasoning and problem solving abilities.
  • VTS boosts test scores while stimulating students' desire to think and learn.
  • VTS provides otherwise failing students a platform for success.
  • VTS is effective because students enjoy it.

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"One of our most exciting partnerships is built around the Visual Thinking Strategies, an innovative arts based curriculum that offers great promise for education. I want to bring VTS to your attention because I believe it is one of the most powerful models for genuinely engaging young people and changing our perceptions about who can learn and who cannot. At the same time, the VTS method notably enhances teacher practice."

--Carol Johnson, Superintendent Boston Public Schools, in an open letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Click here to read the entire letter.

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