Connect Minds. Empower Dignity.

Today's students are misunderstood.

The educational landscape has evolved.

We're here to help bridge that gap.

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We envision a world where every student would be understood and empowered to experience their inherent dignity and purpose, as each is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

Our mission is to bridge educators to research-based solutions that focus on the unique needs of the whole child, including those with differentiated learning needs, extending hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11).


Connect Minds. Empower Dignity.

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We understand that educators are passionate about meeting their student's individual needs, but finding the right approach can be daunting.

BridgED offers educators a suite of proven, research-driven solutions, products, and services – all designed and tested in schools – to help support and nurture every student, including advocating for students with differentiated learning needs. Our focus lies in addressing the whole child's needs and empowering students to feel truly understood.

Book your complimentary consultation now and discover how BridgED can transform your approach to meeting the unique needs of your students.

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Collaborate with us and harness the power of collective expertise and vision.

Educational Consulting

We offer expert advice and recommendations to schools seeking to identify their unique educational needs, and develop creative strategies for improving the quality of education.

Coaching & Mentoring

We guide educators through coaching services to help implement research-based solutions that focus on the whole child, including customized Professional Development services.

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Our experts collaborate with schools to develop customized inclusion programs that cater to the unique needs of their students to ensure the seamless integration of research-based practices.

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Lorraine Hewitt

Founder & President

Dawn Hutchison

Business director

April Roth

innovations director

Joy O'Shaughnessy

communications director

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Our exceptional team, devoted to revolutionizing education, brings together accomplished professionals from diverse fields, blending their distinct expertise. Driven by a dedication to inclusive learning and the establishment of the Center for Cognitive Formation, our team boasts a collective experience of over 60 years in education, administration, special-needs therapy, business, IT, marketing, project management, and beyond. United by a shared vision, this dynamic group is passionately shaping the future of the educational landscape.

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BridgED aims to deliver exceptional cognitive mediation and training tools integrated into school curriculums. Dominion Ridge Academy has successfully implemented and tested these methods for years, with a foundational focus on serving God and our neighbors (Mark 12:30-21).

Founded to enhance student understanding, BridgED leverages over 20 years of private education experience from its lab school, Dominion Ridge Academy, home to the Center for Cognitive Formation (CCF). BridgED equips educators to boost student learning abilities using evidence-based tools and practices from over 2,000 studies spanning 60 years. This approach cultivates students' essential skill of learning how to learn.

Dominion Ridge Academy (DRA) serves as a model and inclusive school, embedding cognitive enrichment tools into all educational programs. Dedicated to educating every child, including those with learning challenges, DRA initially established a learning center, which evolved to incorporate cognitive enrichment across all programs. The benefits of DRA's comprehensive cognitive enrichment program can be extended to other schools through program implementation, on-site training, and administrative consultation.


BridgED's pioneering lab school, Dominion Ridge Academy, has benefited from collaborating with a multitude of distinguished professionals, educators, and therapists, culminating in the establishment of a seamlessly integrated and comprehensive inclusion center on campus.

Dr. Kristin Barbour

National Institute for Learning Development (NILD)

Dr. David Martin

North American Feuerstein

Alliance (NAFA)

Dr. Ruth Deutsch

Child Psychologist & Cognitive Education Trainer

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