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Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach

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Safety Standards for Motorcoach Travel Released

The Student and Youth Travel Association, in partnership with The Center for Student Travel Safety, has developed a travel safety certification program designed to introduce the "first-of-its-kind operational and safety standards to the student group travel industry, in an effort to enhance the overall safety of travel." 


The following list is not intended to be exhaustive.  This week we are featuring safety standards for Motorcoach Travel.

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Topics: Travel Safety, Motorcoach Travel

Managing Screen Time on School Trips

One of the greatest challenges many teachers and trip leaders face when embarking on a trip with students is how to manage technology use and screen time.  On one hand, smartphones and tablets allow our students to have access to apps and instant information that can support learning and enhance the trip experience.  But when do these apps and tools cross the line into becoming a distraction?  


Writer Ana Homayoun tackles how intrinsic motivation can help students set their own boundaries in her most recent article for EdSurge and is the topic of today’s blog post.  Check it out below.

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60 Years of the Basilica of the National Shrine in D.C.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is celebrating its 60th anniversary of its dedication in Washington, D.C.  Have you ever visited the Basilica? Read more about the largest Catholic church in North America in today’s blog post.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., The Basilica, The National Shrine

Retro Ice Skating Rink Opening at JFK this Winter

Exciting news for any winter-loving visitors traveling through the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.  On November 30, the new TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport is adding a 56’x44’ ice skating rink, dubbed “The Runway Rink.”


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Topics: NYC, School Trip to NYC

Your 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Guide!

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is a little over a week away.  And perhaps there is no Thanksgiving Day tradition greater than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  If you're heading to NYC this Thanksgiving or simply watching from the comforts of home while cooking your turkey, we've got your Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 Guide with all the details you need to know.

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Topics: NYC

What You Should Know about the Newseum Closing on Dec. 31

If you're headed to Washington, D.C. in the next month, you may want to put the Newseum at the forefront of your itinerary; the popular museum is set to close on December 31, 2019.  What do we know about the closing of the museum and its plans for re-opening at a new location?  Read on!

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Newseum

Last Chance! Nominate Student for Road Scholarship

Attention Teachers, Administrators and Program Directors!  Friday is the last day to nominate a K-12 student for a Road Scholarship through the SYTA Youth Foundation!    Learn more about this unique opportunity to assist student travelers in financial need.  

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Topics: Benefits of Student Travel

Thank-A-Vet Postcards and Other Ways to Honor Veterans Day This Year

As Veterans Day approaches, many of my colleagues are finding creative and cross-categorical ways to integrate classroom activities that honor our nation's veterans.  To make it even easier, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia released a list of three ways to recognize Veterans Day: 

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30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Can you guess which Washington, D.C. museum has the largest display of unaltered portions of the original wall outside of Germany?  Find out in our latest blog post.

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Topics: Newseum, School Trip to D.C.

Increase in Student Travel Reported in 2019

According to Student & Youth Travel Association's 2019 Student Travel Business Barometer, there are more students and youth traveling domestically during the first three months of 2019 compared to the same time in 2018.

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