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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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5 Benefits of a School Trip in Fall

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 14, 2019 10:14:06 AM

School trips provide invaluable learning opportunities, but they also are an investment of both time and financial resources. Traveling during the fall months of October and November 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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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, Washington DC in the Fall

10 Ways to Gain Parent Support for a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 2, 2019 9:56:27 AM

No school trip has ever taken off without the support of parents. Thinking ahead about their concerns will help you, as the trip leader, answer their questions and provide the reassurance families need to support the trip you’re planning for their children.

 

Here are ten things a trip leader can do to reassure families about the many benefits of a school trip.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

3 Things Your Students Learn on a School Trip that Aren't in the Textbooks

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 24, 2019 4:26:22 PM

When you travel with “your kids,” you get to be there for important milestones in their lives. For some students, it will be their first time on an airplane or coach bus, or their first hotel stay without a parent.

 

It’s important to include the personal growth students will experience in addition to curricular connections when you are seeking approval for your trip or talking about the value of a student trip with families. 

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

Five Unique Experiences You Can Easily Add to a Trip to D.C.

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 15, 2019 7:41:52 AM

A class trip to Washington, D.C. is a great starting point for an educational experience of a lifetime. Going beyond the city to add another stop to your itinerary can offer new opportunities without adding much travel time.

 

Deepen your curricular connections, add science and technology experiences, or simply have a day of fun in these great cities.

 

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, School Trip to D.C.

9 Ideas to Celebrate Student Birthdays on a Class Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jun 18, 2019 7:56:05 AM

A child’s birthday is a time to celebrate, and parents typically take the lead in carrying out plans to make the day special. But when kids are traveling with a school group, their teachers often step in to make sure it is a day to remember.

 

Here are nine ideas for educational trip leaders to help shine the spotlight on the birthday boy or girl.

 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Teachers Believe in Positive Benefits of Student Travel, Rite of Passage

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jun 13, 2019 9:56:08 AM

While the concept of a “Grand Tour” has historical roots as a rite of passage for the educated upper class, teachers continue to believe in the positive educational, cultural and social impact of travel for all students. 

 

In fact, research shows the benefits of student travel have a ripple effect that last a lifetime. 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

How to Plan a Meaningful and Realistic Student Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 29, 2019 9:30:05 AM

 

Taking students on an educational tour is an amazing thing to do for your students. While excitement about the trip is essential, you also want to create an opportunity that is achievable for you, your students, and their families.

 

Here is a simple checklist of initial considerations to help you plan an experience that is both meaningful and realistic.

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

Organizing Field Trip Groups that Chaperones Can Live With

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 21, 2019 2:52:04 PM

The old adage, “You’re only as good as the company you keep,” is certainly true when you’re chaperoning a field trip.

 

Planning chaperone groups in a thoughtful and intentional way will help everyone make the most of the educational experience. There are a few ways to help make that happen.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

3 Ideas for Incorporating Computer Science on Your Next Field Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 13, 2019 11:41:52 AM

Students + technology = new learning opportunities for your next field trip. Here are three programs for students with advanced, developing, and basic computer science skills that can help them build connections between technology, academic subjects, and their student travel experiences.

 

But, we’re so busy! Why does computer science need to make its way into our classroom and field trip experiences?

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Topics: STEM

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 6, 2019 3:41:17 PM
As a student travel company, we work with some of the best teachers out there. They go the extra miles (literally... miles) to make a difference in the lives of their students. We cannot thank you enough for your hard work, dedication, and most importantly, your ability to inspire so many people, including us.
 
This week, our Student Travel Consultants honor the teachers who have most influenced us over the years and we share the reasons why each teacher holds a special place in our hearts. 
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Topics: Teacher Appreciation

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