The Right Brain Initiative

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How it works

At Right Brain, we want creative thinking to be a basic part of every kid’s public education.

We engage in a practice called arts integration, and our equation focuses on helping teachers gain new skills to bring the interdisciplinary learning to their classrooms. Together, we ignite a culture of creativity at our partner schools by moving, playing, discovering and making (we might even add a dance step or two).

See how one teacher learned to make creative sparks fly in her classroom, with help from The Right Brain Initiative in our video: The Right Brain Effect.

Teacher Leadership Team

Arts Integration Leadership Teams (AILT) made up of classroom teachers model arts integration for colleagues and tailor the school’s professional development to meet the specific needs of their students.

Right Brain Support and Guidance

Right Brain Arts Integration Coaches support teacher leadership teams by modeling arts-based instructional strategies, helping to connect strategies to artist residencies, and guiding teachers in adopting arts integration as an ongoing practice.

Teaching Artist Collaboration

Teachers and artists collaboratively design a learning experience that connects an arts discipline with another curriculum content.  These residencies introduce new art forms – like drumming, dance, or printmaking – and allow students and teachers to learn directly from Right Brain teaching artists.

Reflection and Research

Our reflection process helps educators gain insights into student learning through conversations with their colleagues. Coaches facilitate reflections at our partner schools at the end of a Right Brain artist residency. Right Brain staff and stakeholders  commit to ongoing evaluation, both to learn how we can continue to grow the quality of the program, and to validate the important role of the arts in the classroom.

All Students Think Creatively and Critically

Students solve problems, generate, and communicate new ideas, experiment, analyze, refine, and take healthy risks.