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We provided 50 children in grades 3 - 5 with a blank template, art supplies and the simple direction to, "Imagine That." Their submissions showcase the wonderful and unique creative thinking skills of our youth.

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We'd love to see what your student could Imagine. Click here to download a blank template, and once it's complete email it to info@2sidesequal.org so we can add it to our website.

About Us

Our Vision

To create social equality by ensuring children access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

The mission we took on.

2 Sides Equal is a 501(c) organization committed to expanding the spectrum of educational pursuits. We believe that all children are equal and deserve the chance to explore their potential.

Our vision is to create social equality by unleashing the full potential of the mind; one child at a time. 2 Sides Equal will achieve this by encouraging, enabling and promoting creative and divergent thinking activities to children of all ages.

 

Think differently about learning.

Primary education is currently focused on left brain thinking (mathematics & linguistics) and not on right brain creative and divergent thinking.  We believe both sides of the brain are equally important, and that in today’s increasingly changing and fast-paced global economy, both sides must be nourished to prepare students for college, life, and careers. 2 Sides Equal will help to prepare students for the real world by encouraging them to use both the left and right side together to solve not just today’s problems but tomorrow’s as well.

Passionate People.

We are fully staffed by volunteers (parents, teachers, and mentors) who are passionate about education and creative thinking.

Programs

Students Served,

Children K-12 in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Student programs.

In order to achieve our vision & mission, our activities will focus on the sponsorship of individuals and groups to participate in creative and academic pursuits. Initiatives include but are not limited to the following:

-          Odyssey of The Mind: An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level

-          Art & Music: Lessons, supplies, instruments

-          Scholarships: For camps that promote creative and divergent thinking

In order to fund these initiatives, our objective is to raise $100,000 by fiscal year 2015 via private and corporate donations. This funding will specifically support our 1st student initiative, the 2014 Odyssey of the Mind challenge. As our organization grows we will add additional programs.

Student impact.

Self reliability, Academic performance, Ability to solve problems creatively, Adaptability, Curiosity, Confidence, Character development.




The Lisa Ritinski Fund

What it is

The Mrs. Ritinski Foundation is a scholarship fund for students who need more than the traditional structure of classroom learning to thrive. Lisa had the ability to see that all children are not created equal in their learning style.

Biography

“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.”

Lisa Ritinski lived by this philosophy. She spent her professional life educating children and her personal life dedicated to raising her three children with her husband.

Teaching was always a passion of Lisa’s. She embraced the fact that every child learns differently. Lisa was an advocate of differentiated instruction, planning creative and engaging lessons, focusing on unique learning styles, targeting different skill sets. She believed that students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in diverse ways. She emphasized the importance of developing lessons that encompassed these various learning styles, so that all of her students could learn and grow individually. Lisa’s dynamic personality fostered confidence within each student, and a positive learning environment. This philosophy was embraced by students and parents alike.

Lisa most recently was a first grade teacher at Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary. She previously taught in Pennridge School District and for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Additionally, Lisa was a devoted wife to her husband, Joe, for 28 years and a loving mother to three children, Joe, Kate and Jen. Her passions included education, giving back to her community and family life.

Lisa was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, at age 35. She lost her battle to the disease 18 years later when it returned in 2011. She will be forever cherished by those who knew her and the lives she touched.




Education

Want to learn more about divergent thinking? Here’s some information to get you started…

 

Info-graphic: http://www.itslearning.eu/infographic-left-or-right-which-side-of-your-brain-is-more-dominant

 

Good variety: http://blog.mindjet.com/2012/05/between-minds-left-brain-vs-right-brain-thinkers/

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