The Right Brain Initiative


Progress Report 2012: Growing Like Weeds!

October 4th, 2012 by Right Brain Team

Our 2012 Progress Report is available, and we’d love for you to take a look! It’s been an incredibly productive year. In fact, we have SO MUCH to tell you, that we thought we should pull some highlights, and this letter from Jan Robertson, the Chair of our Governing Committee, seemed like the perfect way to do it (scroll down to read). As always, we are immensely indebted to the network of folks who make these achievements possible. Thank you so much for facilitating the innovative learning that kids deserve, and deserve to enjoy.

And remember, the blog is a great way to keep up with all things Right Brain, so do continue to check in!




Dear Friends,

2011-12 was our fourth and most successful school year yet. Together, we came closer than ever to igniting learning for every child in the region through theater, dance, media arts and much, much more. On behalf of all of our Right Brain collaborators, we are delighted to share this report and with pride highlight some of our most significant accomplishments in 2011-12.

  • We were able to bring whole-brain learning experiences to 10,376 children and 31 diverse schools in five districts. We cultivated deeper student learning by transforming math, science, history and other subjects in 171 classroom artist residencies.
  • We provided over 3,200 hours of professional development to teachers, administrators and teaching artists. We designed leadership training for educators who are ready to make right-brain learning part of every day.
  • We teamed with local leaders to publicly commit to providing a full arts education at every K-8 school, as part of Any Given Child, an initiative of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
  • And, most importantly, we are pleased to announce that we will be expanding the number of students we reach in the 2012-13 school year with commitments from 14 new partner schools and another new district. One of these incredible new schools is King PK-8 in Northeast Portland, one of eight schools nationwide selected for the Turnaround Arts initiative of the President’s Committee for the Arts & Humanities.

There is a lot to celebrate! Thank you for helping us spark the imagination of all our region’s school children.

Jan Robertson
Chair, Governing Committee


Dan Casto is the current Communications Apprentice for The Right Brain Initiative.


Right Brain Team