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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 Things You’ll Love About Leading a Student Tour

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 1, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Leading an educational tour will help you impact and inspire your students in so many ways. There may be circumstances that have been holding you back, but if you’re looking for the encouragement you need to go for it, here are five reasons you’ll love leading an educational student tour. 


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Topics: Benefits of Student Travel

Your Kids Can Exceed Curriculum Standards on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Dec 4, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Most teachers love being in the classroom and watching our hours of lesson planning come to life. But the most meaningful teaching moments for me have been outside of the classroom walls on school trips.

 

While we know how meaningful these experiences are for the kids, teachers often have to prove the value of a class trip. 

  

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

The Best History, STEM, and Arts Stops on a Washington, DC School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Nov 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Most teachers think “history” when they consider a class trip to Washington, D.C., and that’s fair considering it's historical and political significance.

 

However, our nation’s capital also is a center for science, the arts, and much more. The monuments, memorials, and museums bring together many disciplines for visitors of all ages to contemplate our nation's story at a deeper level.

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C., STEM Attractions, Arts & Theater Attractions

Ten Ways to Gain Parent Support for a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Nov 20, 2020 11:00:00 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: Travel Safety, Planning Student Travel

Veterans Day Offers Many Teachable Moments

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Nov 11, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Today, we will honor the members of our Armed Forces who have served our nation with ceremonies, celebrations, and classroom lessons. It is a day of gratitude that offers many opportunities to teach through a historical lens and to engage students in history on an emotional level. 


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Topics: Teacher Resources

Planning Field Trip Groups that Chaperones Can Live With

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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: Planning Student Travel

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

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 23, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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: Benefits of Student Travel

The Cost of School Trips & How to Explain the Value

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 28, 2020 11:00:00 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 tour and three ways to make sure the VALUE of the experience is understood by families. 

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

7 Tips For Preparing Chaperones For Your Student Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 16, 2020 11:00:00 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, Planning Student Travel

Using Scholarships & Crowdfunding to Pay for Student Travel

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 14, 2020 10:46:40 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: How to Pay for Student Trips

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