• Right Brain Initiative

    The future is going to be a whole new ballgame. Whether it’s cleaning up our oceans or working on self-driving cars, one thing we know is the world is going to be way different than it is today. And that means people are going to need every ounce of their brains to figure it out. Every bit of our imaginations, innovations and abilities will be needed to see things in new ways, or invent things we have yet to understand.

    Vernon is a proud partner and participant in the The Right Brain Initiative, a 501(c)(3) arts service organization here to help change the way kids learn by bringing discovery, collaboration and creativity into the classroom. Similar to our belief and commitment to the IB philosophy and framework, creative thinking is the secret sauce when supporting kids’ abilities to problem solve, innovate and think critically. By introducing new ways to learn, kids will become more engaged students. Our partnership involves annual partnerships with specialized teaching artists working with our students, K-8, whether that be through dance, drama, visual art, or music.

    This partnership helps train our teachers to weave creative thinking into core subjects (similar to IB), connects Vernon with the arts community, and brings together the resources of artists and our amazing teachers to delight, challenge and empower our kids.

    To date, nearly 25,000 students in 63 Portland metro schools, including Vernon, are expressing, exploring, imagining, creating and using the full measure of their minds.


    The Right Brain Initiative transforms learning for all children through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking.