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10 Ways to Gain Parent Support for a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 2, 2019 9:56:27 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: Trip Leader Tips

3 Things Your Students Learn on a School Trip that Aren't in the Textbooks

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 24, 2019 4:26:22 PM

When you travel with “your kids,” you get to be there for important milestones in their lives. For some students, it will be their first time on an airplane or coach bus, or their first hotel stay without a parent.

 

It’s important to include the personal growth students will experience in addition to curricular connections when you are seeking approval for your trip or talking about the value of a student trip with families. 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Trip Leader Tips, Benefits of Student Travel

How to Plan a Meaningful and Realistic Student Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 29, 2019 9:30:05 AM

 

Taking students on an educational tour is an amazing thing to do for your students. While excitement about the trip is essential, you also want to create an opportunity that is achievable for you, your students, and their families.

 

Here is a simple checklist of initial considerations to help you plan an experience that is both meaningful and realistic.

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

Organizing Field Trip Groups that Chaperones Can Live With

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 21, 2019 2:52:04 PM

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: Trip Leader Tips

Advice for Managing Student Medications on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Apr 12, 2019 11:28:56 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, it also 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

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

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

7 Tips for Preparing Chaperones for Student Trips

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Feb 13, 2019 7:00:00 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

How to Earn Teacher Support for your School-Sponsored Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jan 30, 2019 3:30:42 PM

You’re excited about planning a trip that has real value for your students. Now you need to gain reinforcements: your fellow teachers.

 

Before reaching out to other teachers for support, consider the questions they may ask. This will give you time to prepare your answers and gather all the appropriate information. Their questions also will prepare you for what an administrator or parent might ask.  

 

Here are four questions and responses that will help you earn the support of your colleagues. 

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips

12 of our Best Hotel Guidelines for Student-Travel Groups

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Nov 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

One of the highlights for students traveling on an educational tour is the chance to have a “sleepover” with friends away from home. Thrilling for them, but nerve-racking for some parents who may prefer to share a roof with their kids at all times.

 

Providing hotel guidelines will set expectations for students while reassuring parents who are sending their children on an overnight field trip. 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Trip Leader Tips

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