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Learn LEAD: Linking Education and Discovery

LEAD: Linking Education and Discovery

Linking Education and Discovery (LEAD) has been UCI’s flagship community education program for over 40 years, providing thousands of K-8 students in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools with engaging and enriching learning experiences through visits to Circle-area museums, gardens, and performing arts institutions. 


Two different program models are offered to 14 schools within a three-mile radius of University Circle: a single-visit model for grades K-2 and 5-8, and a multi-visit model for grades 3 and 4 that supports CMSD’s math and science curriculum for those grades. LEAD currently provides transportation and underwrites admission fees through philanthropic support.

This experience-based program supports the understanding and retention of core school curricular content by focusing the collections and instructional resources of University Circle institutions on the State of Ohio content standards. By connecting CMSD students with the Circle’s cultural resources, we can enrich classroom learning, cultivate sustained learning behaviors, and support future audiences for cultural programs. 

Why Field Trips? 

  • Apply what is learned in class to hands-on or experiential learning opportunities
  • Create memorable experiences that motivate and inspire
  • Introduce students to community resources
  • Introduce authentic, real-life experiences that promote self-directed learning
  • Provide alternative points of view

For information about LEAD, please contact Arin Miller-Tait at 216-707-5014.

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