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Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach

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LIVE: Tips on Writing a Winning Travel Essay Friday, April 19th at 1pm.

While the social-emotional benefits of the impact of travel have been well documented, another benefit of travel can actually earn students some money toward college.  Students who enter the Ripley Hunter "World is a Classroom" Essay Content can earn a scholarship up to $1,500.    

 

Looking for essay writing tips?  You're in luck!  Amy Charles, Editorial Director for Teach & Travel magazine will share tips on writing a winning essay for the Ripley Hunter "World is a Classroom" contest this Friday, April 19th at 1pm ET on the Teach & Travel Facebook Page.

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Topics: Scholarships

Top 10 Student Travel Destinations

The Student and Youth Travel Association has come out with its annual list of the top ten U.S. student travel destinations based on surveys with their tour operators.  Can you guess which cities made the list?

 

 

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Topics: Top Destinations

Washington Monument to Reopen in August

The National Park Service has just annouced that the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. will reopen this August.  

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions

Be Washington: A High School Teacher's Review of the New Interactive Game

As the nation's first president, George Washington faced a series of difficult decisions, all with major implications for our young nation.  The premise of the game is simple:  Given the same information that Washington had, what decision would you have made? 

 

With the new interactive game Be Washingtonyou get to step into George Washington's boots.  As a high school teacher, I had to check it out for myself.  Could this game experience hold the attention of my teenage students?  Could this high school English teacher make an informed decision like Washington?  Here's what I found. 

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Topics: Mount Vernon

Honoring and Reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy Today

51 years ago today on April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot in Memphis, Tennessee.  His legacy of tireless work towards equality and justice continues today.  In fact, one of the most popular memorials in Washington, D.C. for our school tour groups is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. 

 

In his memory, I just spent a few minutes of reflection this morning reading through all of his quotes that are included on his memorial.  If you're putting together a lesson plan this week in his memory, I highly recommend this experience.  You can read all of the quotes included on the memorial here.   

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Topics: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Newseum Building Sold - Here's What You Need to Know

By now you may have heard that the building where the Newseum is housed (at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue) is being sold to John Hopkins University.  But what does that mean for school groups traveling to the Newseum in 2019?  We've got your answers.

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Newseum, School Trip to D.C.

D.C. Peak Bloom Expected this Monday

Good news if you're headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend.  The National Mall Park Service reports:  "With temperatures for the next three days in the 60s and 70s, topping out in the mid-70s on Saturday, we expect to fairly quickly move to the fifth stage of the cycle (puffy white) and then be at peak bloom around Monday."

 

Barring any extreme weather, the "peak" season of the cherry blossoms should last between 7-10 days. 

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions

National Constitution Center Now Offers Pre-Visit Social Stories

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Mar 25, 2019 10:00:17 AM

In an effort to be even more inclusive of all students, Philadelphia's National Constitution Center now offers new resources to make the museum experience more accessible.  


Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities often find social stories to be a helpful way to successfully prepare for what to expect when traveling to a new place.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Sensory-Friendly

Votes for Women: a Portrait of Persistence Opens at the National Portrait Gallery

Most Americans recognize the name of Susan B. Anthony as being a key fighter for the women’s suffrage movement.  But she was far from the only woman working tirelessly for the rights of women across the United States.


A new exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery explores and celebrates the women and organizations “often overlooked” in the narrative of the women’s suffrage.  

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Topics: Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

Student Newspapers Featured at the Newseum Display on Pennsylvania Avenue

Does your school have a student newspaper?  Would you like your school newspaper featured on the most famous street in the U.S.?  The Newseum in Washington, D.C. is showcasing student newspapers on their Front Pages app and as well as on their digital display on Pennsylvania Avenue - and yours could be next!

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Topics: Newseum, School Trip to D.C.

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