The Right Brain Initiative


To help change the way kids learn in the Portland metro area by bringing discovery, collaboration and creativity into the classroom. Through professional development training, Right Brain teaches K-8 educators to leverage the arts to explore all common core subjects, and fosters dynamic collaborations between professional artists and arts organizations and classroom teachers in seven regional school districts and 67 schools.    

Bottom Line for Portland

In 2016-17, Right Brain will arm more than 1,500 Portland metro area educators with the strategies needed to bring creativity and discovery to their 27,500 students. In addition to Right Brain’s improving classroom engagement and knowledge retention, recent research has shown that students’ test scores increase more than twice as fast when their schools are engaged with the program.   

“I’d be an OK teacher; I’d be a decent teacher. But Right Brain has helped me to be a great teacher.” —Laresa Beck, Beach Elementary School

Business Partners

An anonymous donor will match all new G!G contributions of $100 or more to the Right Brain Initiative, up to $10,000.

Oregon Cultural Trust Nonprofit Partner

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