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Reaching New Heights: A Willis Tower Timeline

Written by Maggie Schafer

You’ve probably heard of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). You know that it was the tallest building in the world for a long time. And that it dominates the Chicago skyline. But do you know everything that’s gone on in this iconic building since it was first dreamt up in 1969? Check out our timeline of the major events of Willis Tower history.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Brittany Konfara

Written by Christine Frisch

Meet Brittany. Brittany is a Tour Associate at Brightspark Travel and is passionate about student travel. We had the opportunity to sit down with Brittany to learn about what she looks forward to each morning. To learn about her experience, continue reading!

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Helpful Resources for Teaching September 11

Written by Maggie Schafer

While most of us can vividly remember the attacks on September 11, 2001, many students are too young to have personal experiences with the fateful day. As the time separating the present day from the attacks grows, it is important that teachers educate students about the horror, tragedy and subsequent solidarity that the catastrophes provoked.

The organization behind the 9/11 Memorial & Museum provides excellent resources designed to help younger generations understand the attacks. We highlight some of our favorites.

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[Podcast] How to Answer Tough Tour Questions From Parents

Written by Maggie Schafer

If you’re planning a student tour and have an upcoming parent meeting, you know parents have plenty of tour-related questions. Make sure your meeting runs smoothly by preparing accurate, reassuring answers to parent's inquiries.

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4 Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early [Infographic]

Written by Christine Frisch

You’ve decided to book an educational or performance tour for your students. Congratulations! You're one step closer to giving your students one of the best learning experiences, and memories that they will cherish for life.

From exploring the history of Washington, D.C., to performing new dance moves with a professional Broadway choreographer, student tours are all about getting interactive, hands-on, and experiential — all while having tons of fun. Read these four important reasons why you should book your tour early.

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Why Your Students Need to Travel Now

Written by Jordan Rothstein

The benefits of educational tours stay with your students long after the trip is over. A recent study titled “Travel Improves Educational Attainment & Future Success,” conducted by The Wagner Group, shows that travel transforms how students approach learning, deepens their understanding of the world, and expands their career possibilities.

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Teacher Do’s and Don’ts for the First Day of School

Written by Maggie Schafer

The first day of school is all about making great first impressions. This is your chance to establish students’ expectations of your teaching style and your expectations for student behavior. With over 50 years of experience in the student travel industry, we’ve learned a thing or two about first impressions, and we wanted to share our Do’s and Don’ts for making great ones.

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5 Remarkable Presidential Inauguration Facts

Written by Maggie Schafer

With the 2017 presidential inauguration fast approaching, it's a great time to consider how you will present this historic government event to your students. To start, check out these fascinating historical facts on the event.

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What to Do in San Diego With Student Travelers

Written by Maggie Schafer

Source: Wikipedia

Whether you’re a California-based group looking for a trip to a nearby culture hub or an out-of-state group planning a Southern California student tour, San Diego has a ton of educational and performance opportunities. We spoke with Kimberly Rosario, the manager of our Southern California office, about can’t-miss sights and attractions in San Diego. Turns out, there’s something for everyone.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Rank

Written by Christine Frisch

“Since my first trip abroad, my career path has been to help people see the world and connect with others.”

Brightspark Travel’s Tour Consultant Stephanie Rank shines with her enthusiasm and passion for educational travel. We had the opportunity to sit down with Stephanie to learn about her journey and interests, and what she looks forward to each morning. To learn about her experience, continue reading!

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