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First Ring Leadership Academy

A Professional Development Program for District Leaders

The First Ring Leadership Academy is a year-long professional development and leadership training program for Teacher Leaders in the 16 districts that surround the Cleveland Municipal School District. Participants are nominated by their superintendents each spring to become part of the cohort the following school year.

The Academy meets for nine full days throughout the academic year with a focus on building capacity to address the unique challenges of First Ring Districts:  Poverty, Student Mobility, Diversity and Closing the Achievement Gap. Participants engage in a variety of learning activities including on-site presentations and discussion, readings and reflections, and coordinating and mentoring a team of high school Student Leaders within their district. Sessions are held at the ESC of Northeast Ohio, district sites and area colleges.  

As participants, District Leaders commit to the following:

Leadership Academy Sessions 

FRLA Orientation (District Leaders)September 19, 20228 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESCNEO - Room F
FRSLI Session 1 (ALL)October 26, 20228 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.CSU Campus - Wolstein Center
FRSLI Session 2 (ALL)November 15, 20228 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CSU or OSU Campus
FRSLI Session 3 (ALL)December 6, 20228 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CSU Campus
FRLA Meeting (District Leaders)January 10, 20238 a.m. - 3 p.m. ESCNEO - Room F
FRSLI Session 4 (ALL)January 25, 20238 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CSU Campus
FRSLI Session 5 (ALL)February 15, 20238 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CSU Campus
FRSLI Session 6 (ALL)March 8, 20238 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CSU or OSU Campus
FRLA Meeting (District Leaders)April 18, 20238 a.m. - 3 p.m.ESCNEO - Room C
FRSLI Work SessionApril 27, 2023TBDVirtual
End of Year Meeting/CelebrationMay 12, 2023TBDWoodside Event Center or ESCNEO

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the Leadership Academy Session Meeting Dates

Site Coordination for Student Leadership Program 

Serve as site coordinator for high school Student Leadership program

Five (5) 10th grade students per high school

Advise Student Leaders on the development and implementation of action research project(s)

Develop relationships with community partners to serve as sites for student projects

Support facilitation, as needed, for three (3) Student Leadership Retreat events

scheduled as a part of Friday FRLA sessions in October, December and February)

Guide students with final project presentations (scheduled during FRLA Graduation Ceremony in May)

CLICK HERE for the 2021-22 brochure.


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