Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Heights High’s Bridget Lambright Completes First Ring Leadership Academy

L-R: Dennis Kowalski, Bridget Lambright, Jennifer DoddJune 8, 2018 -- Heights High School English teacher Bridget Lambright was one of 18 area educators to graduate from the First Ring Leadership Academy on May 16.

The First Ring Leadership Academy, which celebrated its 13th graduating class, is a professional development program for teacher leaders. The program promotes collaboration with learners, provides opportunities for learners to utilize communication and problem-solving skills, encourages self-directed learning, and provides learners with the skills and processes of leadership. 

The graduates presented their final projects to their fellow leaders and the First Ring Superintendent’s Collaborative. Ms. Lambright collaborated with educators from Lakewood, Berea, South Euclid-Lyndhurst, and Richmond Heights to present their project “Just Breathe” which focused on the benefits of mindfulness for students.

The Leadership Project requirements are to increase student achievement, enrich teaching, and/or enhance community engagement. Cohort members must also identify the data that was used, identify the stakeholders that were involved, and identify the standard from the Ohio Department of Education “Teacher Leaders Endorsement Standards” as well as identify the SMART goals for the project and how they will assess the progress/impact of the project. The project must also be accepted by the district’s superintendent or designee. 
Pictured Above (L-R): Dr. Dennis Kowalski, Lead Instructor of the First Ring Academy; Bridget Lambright, Heights High School English teacher; Jennifer Dodd, Director of Operations and Development for the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio.

About the First Ring Superintendents’ Collaborative
The First Ring Superintendents’ Collaborative (FRSC) is is an association of 17 superintendents of school districts that surround the city of Cleveland, Ohio. The FRSC was established in 2000 to help districts address the interrelated challenges related to poverty, mobility, diversity, and the achievement gap. 

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