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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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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: How to Pay for Student Trips, Affordable Student Travel

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

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: Hamilton, Philadelphia, Museum of the American Revolution

Using Scholarships & Crowdfunding to Pay for Student Travel

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 2, 2018 10:55:00 AM

 

Teachers who lead student trips want to make sure every child has access to the opportunity, which means being resourceful when it comes to finding financial support for families in need.

 

Scholarships and crowdfunding are great resources for raising the money needed to ensure everyone has the chance to participate.

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

Five Benefits of a Fall School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 4, 2018 9:05:29 AM

It's back to school time across America - and that means fall is officially upon us.  School trips provide invaluable learning opportunities, but they also are an investment of both time and financial resources. Traveling during the fall months provides many benefits that will help your school group save both time and money. 

 

Here are five great reasons to take a student trip during fall.

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Five Questions Parent Should Ask About a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 27, 2018 10:42:08 AM

When a child comes home with a handout announcing a school trip, most parents begin asking when, why, and how much? These questions are rooted in the most innate of parent concerns including safety, spending, and security.


Here are five questions parents should ask about school trips and why it is important to know the answers.

 

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Topics: Parent Meeting

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