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Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant

Oliver Wendell Holmes said that “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” As a new teacher more than a decade ago, I wanted more for my students than what we could do inside the classroom, so I started leading student trips to Washington, D.C. Taking "my kids" on educational trips turned out to be the most rewarding thing I've done as a teacher. I’ve seen students’ hearts open and their minds stretch while on tour more than I could have imagined. As a member of the NationsClassroom team, I now have the opportunity to help other teachers plan and lead their own student travel experiences so they can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their students.
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Advice for Managing Student Medications on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Apr 12, 2019 11:28:56 AM

One of the most stressful responsibilities for chaperones on a student trip is dispensing medications. Not only is it nerve racking for medical and liability reasons, it also can be laborious, which can slow down a tour group and throw off a well-planned itinerary.

 

Here is advice for creating a plan to effectively manage the distribution of student medications while on a school trip. 

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

5 Tips for Dealing with School Trip Anxiety

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Mar 30, 2019 9:12:23 AM

Many trip leaders and their students deal with travel-related anxiety. Finding ways to move through the discomfort is essential for enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience that an educational tour provides.

 

Here are five tips to help you and your students overcome the jitters.

 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Successful Student Trips Depend on a Great Team Lineup

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Mar 20, 2019 4:14:39 PM

There are many people who make up a well-rounded student travel team. They are the get-it-done, supportive professionals who take the pressure off of you and who turn your ideas into amazing tour experiences.

 

Understanding what each team members does will help you rest assured knowing that every aspect of your tour will be well managed.

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

7 Tips for Preparing Chaperones for Student Trips

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Feb 13, 2019 7:00:00 AM

It takes a well-prepared group of chaperones to make the most of any field trip or educational tour. Before you hit the road, take time to meet with your reinforcements to make sure expectations are clear and that everyone has what they need to make it a great experience. 

 

Here are seven things you should cover during a meeting with your chaperones. 

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

The Cost of School Trips & How to Explain the Value

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Feb 6, 2019 11:03:50 AM

Next to safety, the most common question on the minds of parents when it comes to a school trip is, “How much is it going to cost?” It doesn’t matter if you teach in the wealthiest zip code in the country, price is always part of the conversation. There are so many competing interests for a family’s financial resources, so it makes sense that the investment in a school trip be worthwhile and understood.

 

Let’s walk through five ways to explain the price of an educational or performance tour and three ways to make sure the value of the experience is understood by families.  

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, How to Pay for Student Trips

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: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips

Happy New Year from NationsClassroom

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 1, 2019 3:32:44 PM

Thank you for your support and partnership this year. We hope that you enjoy a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends. 

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12 of our Best Hotel Guidelines for Student-Travel Groups

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Nov 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

One of the highlights for students traveling on an educational tour is the chance to have a “sleepover” with friends away from home. Thrilling for them, but nerve-racking for some parents who may prefer to share a roof with their kids at all times.

 

Providing hotel guidelines will set expectations for students while reassuring parents who are sending their children on an overnight field trip. 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Trip Leader Tips

Leave the Scary Stories for Halloween: 10 Tips to Prevent Kids from Getting Lost on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 18, 2018 9:03:02 PM

It’s a nightmare scenario: You are one kid short. Time to re-count. Still one kid short.

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Book review of Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America's Past

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 10, 2018 6:52:23 PM

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia offers a thoughtful look at the impact of the musical Hamilton in this review of a new book that delves into the topic. 

 

"The genius of Hamilton lies in its ability to offer both those who have long owned the narrative and those who have been excluded from it a place in America’s foundational story. "


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Topics: Philadelphia, Museum of the American Revolution, Hamilton

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