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Brain Highways began as a small, pilot program at a public school.
The initial goal was to find a common thread that explained why so many of today’s kids were struggling. Funded by a Wells Fargo Bank grant in 1999, Brain Highways started at Paul Ecke Elementary School in Encinitas, California. Unexpectedly, that path led to a surprising connection between incomplete lower brain development and behavior, focus, and academic performance.
Impressive results from that first pilot program led to training more teachers.
Over the next five years, Nancy Green additionally trained teachers at various public schools in San Diego’s North County. During this time, the San Diego Business Roundtable of Education, a group of local businesses that honor “exemplary and innovative school programs,” awarded Brain Highways its Best Practice Award.
As word kept spreading, people continued to be amazed that kids who had been previously deemed “problematic” were changing, both academically and behavior-wise, once they started organizing their brain. However, unless a child was in a classroom with a teacher who had received some Brain Highways training—he or she had no access to the program at all.
We opened our first Brain Highways Center in 2004 in San Diego.
When we opened our doors in 2004, there was already a line of people waiting to enroll. Brain Highways was no longer a program limited to just kids in select schools. Now, anyone could learn to organize his or her brain. And once the Brain Highways Center opened, parents could also attend classes with their kids, something that hadn’t been possible when the program was in the public schools.
We evolved into Brain Highways Global.
We began to ponder how we might also help people who lived all over the world, especially since modern technology was now making it possible to share information in ways that weren’t previously possible. And that’s how Brain Highways Global became the next natural progression of our journey.
As Brain Highways Global emerged, families now learned about the brain right in their very own home. We also developed new programs, such as those for adults-only, new and expecting parents, and professionals.
Since starting Brain Highways Global, we now have participants on every continent (sans Antarctica), and we continue to develop original ways to help people apply key information about the brain to their daily lives.