Link Education Partners (LEP) is pleased to be a funding partner for Project U.S.E.’s annual City Teacher Trails program. Over an extended weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, teachers from a variety of Newark schools learn basic strategies for using outdoor education in schools and for incorporating cooperative learning in the classroom; connect with fellow educators from other schools and discuss the successes and challenges in urban schools; and learn to cross country ski. This year’s trip was held recently, and along with providing funding for the event, LEP also sponsored the participation of two Link Community Charter School teachers in the weekend event.
Maria Pilar Paradiso, LEP’s Executive Director, reflected on the value of such a program. “We are so pleased to support Project U.S.E.’s 2022 City Teacher Trails program. As we work to bridge the achievement and opportunity gaps, building more equitable learning experiences and outcomes for our youth, it is so important to develop cross-sector relationships that can invigorate and inform our practice. Project U.S.E. uses this unique 4-day experience to bring educators together for face to face conversation, outside our own environment, where many are experiencing cross-country skiing for the first time. It truly is an opportunity for personal and professional growth for educators. And, it provides a chance to disconnect and unwind from the continuing stresses of the times and the hard work of teaching.”
Project U.S.E., a non-profit organization based in Newark and at Wildcat Mountain in northwestern NJ, “inspires personal growth through experiential learning in diverse and challenging environments, building the foundations for lifelong success” for both youth and adults. Link has partnered with Project U.S.E. for over 50-years to support the growth of youth and educators.