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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

Successful Student Trips Depend on a Great Team Lineup

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Mar 20, 2019 4:14:39 PM

There are many people who make up a well-rounded student travel team. They are the get-it-done, supportive professionals who take the pressure off of you and who turn your ideas into amazing tour experiences.


Understanding what each team members does will help you rest assured knowing that every aspect of your tour will be well managed.


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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Historic St. John's Church

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Mar 18, 2019 8:37:54 AM

Virginia played an instrumental role in winning American independence and determining the values and aspirations of the new nation.  St. John’s Church in Richmond’s historic Church Hill neighborhood is a shrine to the foundations of our republic and the founding ideal of liberty.  


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Topics: Richmond, VA

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.

Using Road Scholarships to Support Your School Trip

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Mar 11, 2019 10:06:18 AM

Affording student travel can be one of the biggest roadblocks for students and their families.  But did you know that teachers can apply for travel scholarships on behalf of their students?


One of NationsClassroom’s teacher trip leaders has been featured in the latest issue of the Student and Youth Travel Association’s (SYTA) publication Teach and Travel.  The article highlights Atkinson’s experience using SYTA student scholarships and the impact that access to travel has had on her students over the past 22 years.

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Topics: Scholarships

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Rafting on the James River or Riverfront Canal Trail Walking Tour Alternative

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Mar 8, 2019 9:45:00 AM

As Virginia’s largest river, the James River has held extraordinary historic, economic, environmental, and recreational importance to Virginians and to the United States. As a vital transportation and commercial pathway between the 17th and 20th Centuries, the river and surrounding area has been the site for Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in the New World; the colonial capital of Williamsburg; Revolutionary War battles; Civil War battles; and the modern day capital city of Richmond.

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Topics: Richmond, VA

2019 Peak Cherry Blossom Bloom Dates Prediction Released!

Breaking News!  The Official National Cherry Blossom Festival just held a press conference announcing their predicted dates for Peak Bloom for spring 2019.  

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions

Top Ten Social Effects of Student Travel

The Student & Travel Youth Travel Association administered a global survey of over 2,000 teachers and tour leaders over the course of two years to study the impact of youth travel on our students.  Their findings suggest that "in the current globalized world, travel represents a vital learning experience, and not simply a luxury."  Travel provides relevence to today's students, who are often inundated with standardized tests and curriculums.  


We've read the research to highlight the Top Ten Social Effects of Student Travel as identified by the survey respondents:


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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The American Civil War Museum

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Feb 27, 2019 8:59:09 AM

With Virginia being the location of numerous Civil War battles and Richmond being the Confederate capital, it is fitting that Virginia’s capital city has one of the best museums dedicated to the War Between the States.  In this week's SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT, licensed tour guide Christian Mirasol gives readers his perspective on visiting the American Civil War Museum.  

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Topics: Richmond, VA, American Civil War Museum

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