VTS - Looking Ahead
The power of art never ceases to amaze us. Watching educators all over the world use VTS to engage and empower their students – and watching those students come alive in that moment – is a thrilling experience. With trainings all over the US, Europe and Japan, in museums and schools and on line, we continue to spread the magic of VTS to new students every day.
Your contribution this holiday season will make a difference for teachers and students across the country. Thank you for your care and generosity.
This has been a remarkable year in the history of VTS and we are very proud of our new and ongoing efforts:
VTS in Early Childhood Education - For years, teachers who work with 4- and 5-year-olds have told us that they wanted to try VTS with their kids, and they were certain it would work. So this year we developed a curriculum and training program specifically for early childhood educators. This new VTS work is now being piloted with students as young as 3 years old in Boston, South Dakota, and Detroit! So far the VTS program is highly effective: these youngest students are excited and engaged in their classroom VTS conversations and we are already seeing the early emergence of higher order thinking skills.
Your contribution will help us make VTS a reality for pre-schoolers, and help them to develop their thinking skills and to love art.
Click below to donate $100 to VTS Early Childhood Program Development.
The New York Times Learning Network - This year the New York Times Learning Network approached us with an opportunity to collaborate on a weekly online feature that would allow viewers to apply the three VTS questions to visual images pulled straight from the pages of the Times. We immediately understood what a rare and valuable opportunity this represented. Over 100,000 viewers visit the NY Times Learning Network blog on a weekly basis. Those regular visitors represent an audience that is significantly greater in quantity and variety than any group of viewers we could typically reach. Meanwhile, the online facilitation by a VTS expert helps provide new viewers the means to read media imagery more deeply and critically.
Your contribution to the “What’s Going On In This Image?” Project will help us enable hundreds of new viewers every week to learn through looking closely at and responding to visual images.
Click below to donate $250 to the VTS and The New York Times Facilitation Fund
The VTS Learning Community - At the heart of our program is the VTS facilitator. This is the teacher who leads the classroom conversation or the educator at the museum. We are always striving to make sure that new educators get the best professional development we can offer. In the coming year we plan to convene a national conference of VTS trainers to help us reach and engage teachers in new and empowering ways.
Your contribution to the VTS Learning Community will expand and deepen the VTS experience and expertise of many hundreds of educators.
Click below to donate $500 to sponsor a VTS Trainer.