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Top 5 Pinterest Boards for Decorating Your Classroom

Written by Maggie Schafer

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Photo: www.creativeteaching.com

It's that time of year! Back to school season is quickly approaching, and teachers everywhere have classroom planning on their minds. Make it a little easier for yourself by checking out our favorite pinterest boards for classroom decorating, organization and management. 

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What Makes a Disney Tour Educational?

Written by Maggie Schafer

Sure, Disney World and Disneyland are a lot of fun. But that’s not the only reason why they’re some of our most popular student tour destinations. During tours, groups participate in an array Disney Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs that introduce students to the educational components of these information-rich parks. Led by knowledgeable Disney professionals, these accredited, standards-based programs are filled with hands-on lessons that will reinforce what is taught in the classroom.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Maggie Vnuk

Written by Christine Frisch

Meet Maggie Vnuk, the event coordinator at Brightspark Travel and inspiring history buff, who is just as enthusiastic about traveling as she is about music and theatre. She is responsible for building and managing all of the company’s events.

Maggie recently shared with us what it’s like to be in her shoes at Brightspark and we are excited to highlight her insight. To learn more about Maggie, keep reading!

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Winners Revealed: 2016 Student Photo Contest

Written by Christine Frisch

Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Student Photo Contest. Winners were chosen by a panel of Brightspark elected judges and voted upon by the entire Brightspark Travel staff for the top three favorite photos. This year, like every year, we received several outstanding tour photos taken by talented students, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking them out!

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Winners Revealed: 2016 Group Leader Photo Contest

Written by Christine Frisch

Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Group Leader Photo Contest. Winners were chosen by a panel of Brightspark elected judges and voted upon by the entire Brightspark Travel staff for the top three favorite photos. This year, like every year, we received several outstanding tour photos taken by talented teachers and chaperones, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking them out!

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High School Choir Gains New Perspectives While Traveling Abroad

Written by Christine Frisch

David, a choral director from Iowa, traveled overseas with his choir students for an educational performance tour of a lifetime. The choir took an eight-day trip visiting Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. Read more about their experience!

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Teaching for All Interests: Los Angeles Student Tours

Written by Megan Cross

When people think of Los Angeles, they think of the glamour of Hollywood and the allure of pristine beaches with perfect weather year-round. Although Los Angeles does provide those things in plenty, it is also a city with rich culture and educational opportunities for locals and tourists alike. When planning your next student tour, consider “The City of Dreams” as your preferred destination.

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The Best Way to Spend Your Visit to Central Park

Written by Sarah Garner

You know that iconic shot at the beginning of every single movie filmed in New York City? The one that pans across Central Park, juxtaposing its peaceful greenery with the famed skyscrapers of the Big Apple? Yeah, it made me want to go to New York, too.

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Sketchnoting on Tour: See Artist's Notes From NYC Tour

Written by Maggie Schafer

Sketchnoting, the process of incorporating visuals into notes, is becoming increasingly popular within the education world, especially among educators who value creativity and diverse learning styles.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Willis Tower

Written by Maggie Schafer

There’s a reason that the Willis Tower’s Skydeck is a top attraction on our Chicago student tours. This 104th floor observation deck has amazing views that extend to Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Before you take off to the Windy City for a chance to see this iconic building, discover some unexpected facts about it.

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