Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards.
Learning is an essential dimension of true healing, and it emerges through dialogue. We believe that we are designed to learn better through conversation, story, and art. Our love of learning and our need for healing forge our destinies—individual and collective.
Our arts and education programs create spaces for learning and healing as a community. The New School at Commonweal has more than 3,000 partners exploring nature, culture, and the inner life in live conversations, talks, art exhibits and musical events, many of which are available in our audio podcast and video library. EDGE: The Center for Creative Community is a new program exploring dialogue, cognition, creativity and community. We invite you to browse through all of our arts and education programs, below. Virtually all Commonweal programs are essentially educational in nature; the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI) curricula for medical students and nurses are explicitly educational.