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Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

Date: 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT October 28 Location: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland

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Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a student-centered, research-based curriculum that uses art to foster students’ capacities to observe, think, listen, and communicate.

VTS is an effective tool for educators interested in fostering a learning environment based on constructivist and student-centered principles. VTS provides a method for facilitating discussions of art that supports the development of communication, social, and critical thinking skills.

Used in the classroom setting, VTS creates a sense of confidence in one’s abilities to comprehend complexity, to learn, to take risks. VTS teaches how to value one’s own ideas and to listen to and build on those of others.

This Introductory workshop will expose educators to authentic listening & facilitated models of teaching. The day will include lecture, discussion, reflection and small/large group presentation.

As a result of participating in this Introduction, students will:

  • Practice VTS facilitation with peers in museum galleries
  • Deconstruct VTS methods and practice
  • Reflect on learners’ needs and consider methods that support learner-centered classroom practices
  • Consider how VTS may encourage learning & growth in other classroom content areas
  • Begin to explore the role of facilitation in accessing discussions about race & culturally relevant topics

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Kim Aziz, MEd

Cost: $125 before 9/28, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. $50 student rate. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off.

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About the Instructors

Kim Aziz earned her Masters of Education at The Ohio State University as member of the Educators for Collaborative Change cohort. After teaching in both arts impact and Afrocentric school settings Kim shifted her practice and became a museum educator at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Now Kim is the VTS Regional Manager in Portland, training teachers & providing VTS programming to local organizations.Working with VTS is a phenomenal opportunity to synthesize reform education goals and constructivist strategies Kim pursued as a teacher and museum educator.

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