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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

Important Advice for Managing Student Medications on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 19, 2020 11:00:00 AM

One of the most stressful responsibilities for chaperones on a student trip is dispensing medications. Not only is it nerve-racking for medical and liability reasons, but it can be laborious, which can slow down a tour group and throw off a well-planned itinerary.

 

Here is advice for creating a plan to effectively manage the distribution of student medications while on a school trip. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Travel Safety

What You Need to Know About School Trip Refunds

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Aug 12, 2020 1:59:08 PM

Our Founder, Jay Bloxsom, likes to say that we aren't moving towards a "New Normal," we're working towards a "New Better." As we return to inspiring students through travel, there are two big questions that parents and educators are asking about travel.


One, how will we travel safely?

 

Two, how can I be sure that I am receiving the best refund/payment protection plan that will be honored?

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Teacher Resources

7 Things to Know Before Traveling by Motor Coach on Your School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 24, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you are taking students on an educational or performance tour, chances are you’ll find yourself on a coach bus for transportation. Whether you ride the coach to your destination or board one once your flight lands, you'll spend a considerable portion of your time traveling on board.

 

Here are seven things to consider before climbing aboard that will help your group make the most of your time on the road.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Motorcoach 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: Curriculum standards and student travel, 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: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips, Benefits of Student Travel, Travel Safety

Advice for Reducing Airport Stress When Traveling with a School Group

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 20, 2020 11:31:00 AM

Leading an educational tour provides opportunities to teach all types of lessons,  including how to get through airport security as efficiently and painlessly as possible.

 

Preparing your student travelers and chaperones before heading to the airport with the following advice will give them the practical knowledge they need to reduce stress and enjoy the thrill of group travel. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Airport Travel

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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