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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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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

6 Easy and Creative Ways to Encourage Registration for School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM
When a student trip is announced to families, there is always a buz z of excitement as  the first kids begin to register. When the initial rush is dulled by daily routines and to-do lists, a trip leader can use creative ways to help families remember to follow through with registration and paperwork.

 

Here are six ideas to keep your trip top-of-mind.

 

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Five Nearby Day Trips to Add Onto your D.C. School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 30, 2018 10:54:55 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.

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel

Planning Ahead: Five Benefits of a School Trip in the Fall

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 16, 2018 10:17:16 PM

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. 

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Thank You, Teachers!

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 8, 2018 11:40:00 AM
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: Affordable Student Travel

What to Do for Students Who Don’t Go on the Class Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Apr 12, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Teachers organizing a class trip often need to plan ahead for two groups: the students who go on the  trip and those who don’t join the group due to behavior, family choice, or other reasons.

 

Planning ahead for the stay-back group will ensure their time has an educational focus that is aligned with the lessons being learned by their classmates. 

 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

Empire State Building Lights Up the NYC Skyline With a New, Hourly Light Display

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Mar 21, 2018 12:16:30 PM

School groups visiting NYC this spring will be treated to a new, sparkling light display atop one of the city's most iconic buildings, the Empire State Building. Every night, beginning at sunset until 2 A.M., the building’s tower lights will sparkle every hour, on the hour, for five minutes.

 

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, Empire State Building

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