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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. 


Linking Education and Discovery, or LEAD, offers eligible teachers one field visit per academic year to University Circle and other affiliated institutions. 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 Experiences?

  • Institutions provide authentic, real-life experiences with content experts that share knowledge and provide alternative points of view
  • Students apply what is learned in class to hands-on or experiential learning opportunities 
  • Visits introduce students to community resources and create memorable experiences that motivate and inspire self-directed learning

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

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