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Right Brain Initiative and Oregon Trail Primary Academy team up for the arts

Local school participates in program that works to restore K-8 arts education

Oregon Trail Primary Academy became the first school in the Oregon Trail School District to partner with The Right Brain Initiative this school year.

The Right Brain Initiative is a Regional Arts and Culture Council program that works to restore arts education for K-8 students in the region.

'Right Brain is a dynamic blend of curriculum-integrated arts education and professional development in the arts for teachers,' said Debbie Johnson, director of teaching and learning for the district.

'We are thrilled to join this region-wide effort to make creativity a regular part of every child's school experience.'

Thirty-one schools across five districts in the Portland area now participate in Right Brain. During the 2010-11 school year, the program served 11,321 students and 523 licensed teachers in 25 K-8 schools in four districts -- Gresham-Barlow, Hillsboro, North Clackamas and Portland Public Schools.

Right Brain is a partnership of schools, government, foundations, businesses and cultural communities, connecting schools with teaching artists.

By connecting arts with other subjects, and through professional development, administrators and teachers learn skills to expand their school's art education.

Right Brain began in January 2009 and has since sought to infuse learning with 'arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking.'

To learn more about the program, visit therightbraininitiative.org.