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Are you heading to D.C. this year?  This week one of the most popular D.C. museums just made an exciting announcement.

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Topics: Newseum, School Trip to D.C.

How to Earn Teacher Support for your School-Sponsored Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 30, 2019 3:30:42 PM

You’re excited about planning a trip that has real value for your students. Now you need to gain reinforcements: your fellow teachers.


Before reaching out to other teachers for support, consider the questions they may ask. This will give you time to prepare your answers and gather all the appropriate information. Their questions also will prepare you for what an administrator or parent might ask.  


Here are four questions and responses that will help you earn the support of your colleagues. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Curriculum standards and student travel

Many D.C. Monuments and Museums Set to Reopen Tuesday, Jan. 29th

Many of the monuments and memorials along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and Smithsonian museums that were closed or partially-closed during the partial government shutdown are set to reopen tomorrow, January 29th.  These attractions were closed after the federal government shutdown began December 22, now the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Here’s an overview of the previously-closed D.C. attractions that will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 29th:


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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes that Shaped a Nation

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jan 23, 2019 11:16:00 AM

Want to check out an extra replica of the Hamilton-Burr dueling pistols?  You can at the newest exhibit at the The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 

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Topics: Hamilton, National Constitution Center

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Jan 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM
Today we remember and celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  One way that we can teach our students about the life of Dr. King is to visit his memorial.  If you're planning a trip to Washington, D.C., the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is a must-see.  In today's blog, licensed D.C. Tour Guide Aaron Killian gives us his review and advice for visiting this historic memorial: 


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Topics: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, School Trip to D.C.

Popular School Trip Destination Makes New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2019 List

The New York Times just put out its annual “52 Places to Go in 2019” list.  And guess which popular NationsClassroom school trip destination made the list at #12?

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Topics: Colonial Williamsburg

Study Links Personal Development with Student Travel

A survey of almost 1,500 U.S.-based teachers, commissioned by the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA), found what we at NationsClassroom already know to be true: teachers believe that travel is instrumental to a child’s growth and development.   

Travel tied to curriculum will naturally result in academic gains and increased knowledge retention.  In fact, we have an entire blog post dedicated to how students can exceed curriculum standards on a school trip.   

But aside from curriculum gains, the study reported in Travel and Leisure Magazine found that 74 percent of educators believed that travel has “a very positive impact on students’ personal development.”  

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Teacher Shares Experiences on School Trips with NationsClassroom

Posted by John Wheeler, Trip Leader and Middle School Teacher on Jan 15, 2019 10:19:35 AM

Curious what it's like to be a teacher trip leader while on a class trip with NationsClassroom?  Middle School teacher John Wheeler first started taking students to Washington, D.C. in 1993 - and has never looked back.  In today's blog post, John shares his experiences traveling with students and NationsClassroom tour guides:


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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

Traveling to D.C. During the Government Shutdown?  Here's What You Need to Know

What can you expect when traveling to Washington, D.C. during a federal government shutdown?  Rest assured, your itinerary should remain relatively unchanged. In today’s blog, we have the answers to which attractions in D.C. remain open and which attractions are temporarily closed.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

Increased Tour Bus Parking Coming to D.C. in Spring 2019

The New Year has brought new changes to the D.C. parking scene, which is good news for our tour groups traveling via motorcoaches.  Did you know that according to the National Park Service, 1,200 motorcoaches arrive each day in D.C. during peak travel season.  Luckily for our student tour groups, traveling D.C. by motorcoach just got easier.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

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