Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca has expanded its program this year to include Trail Talks, a series of fliers sent home with students after each KDT! trip designed to encourage family conversations.
The idea came after professional development sessions for teachers in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) on facilitating positive home-school communication. "The KDT! Ithaca Advisory Committee considered ways we could better connect our trips to students' families," said Randi Beckmann, Teacher Liaison for KDT! Ithaca. "We came up with the idea of 'chat packs', later called Trail Talks, which would be sent home on the day of the trip to prompt family communication about their KDT! experiences."