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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

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

How To Get Students Signed-Up For Your School Trip

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Oct 9, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When you first begin planning a school trip, you are fired up about inspiring kids and changing lives. You have an exciting itinerary, an incredible tour operator, and your administration is on board! Nothing can possibly go wrong.

 

But then you notice no one is registering for the trip. Maybe five or ten students are signed up, but you're miles away from your goal. What happened? How can you get more of your students to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime experience?

 

Gaining momentum on your first school trip can be difficult, but here are five proven ways to get students and parents excited enough to sign-up today!

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Topics: Planning Student Travel

Parent Meetings During Shelter-In-Place: Using Zoom To Reach Parents

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Sep 18, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it is that teachers are incredible, innovative, and have superpowers. How else can we explain the amount of work they're able to get done during one 24 hour period?

So once a teacher is finally able to plan a school trip and get it approved, is it any surprise that their number one concern is how they'll find time to share the information with parents?

If you choose to work with a Student Travel Consultant like NationsClassroom, your first step to reaching parents is by hosting a parent meeting.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Planning 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

5 Benefits of a School Trip in Fall

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

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. 

 

Here are five, great reasons to take a student trip during fall.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, How to Pay for Student Trips, Planning Student Travel

Get Administration to Say YES to Your School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

More than ever, students need their teachers to be strong advocates for the value of experiential and hands-on learning. One of the best hands-on learning experiences is participating in a school trip.

 

If you are getting ready for a discussion with your administration about an educational trip, it helps to understand potential concerns and be prepared to answer challenging questions. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

5 Questions Parents Should Ask About a School Trip

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 26, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you had asked us six months ago what the three most common concerns parents had before sending their students on a school trip, I would have said affordability, what’s included, and security. It almost seems like six months ago was an entirely different world.

 

Nowadays, when a teacher announces an upcoming field trip, most parents begin asking “Is it safe to travel?” Parents, more than anyone, want to make sure it’s safe for their kids to begin exploring before sending them out on trips again.

 

Here are five questions parents should ask about school trips and why it is important to know the answers.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Benefits of Student Travel, Travel Safety, Planning Student Travel

The Best 8th Grade School Trip Destinations

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 1, 2020 11:15:00 AM

With the end of the school year just around the corner, most students are looking forward to their next big steps. For our twelve to thirteen year old students, that means thinking about moving on to their final year of middle school.

 

The summer is the perfect time to start planning for next years eighth grade trip. Celebrate your eighth graders by putting together a special itinerary to one of the top 8th Grade School Trip Destinations.

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, School Trip to D.C., School Trips to Boston, Planning Student Travel, School Trip to Philadelphia

6 Creative Ways to Encourage Registration for a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 18, 2020 11:45:00 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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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

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