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

Written by Maggie Schafer

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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

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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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[Quiz] Which International Student Tour Is Best for Your Class?

Written by Alli Straus

Are you considering bringing your group on an international student tour? We created a quiz to help you find the best international student travel destination based on your group's academic and cultural interests. Once you've found your ideal destination, find out more information about it on our international tours page

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What Makes Teachers the Best Travelers? [Video]

Written by Maggie Schafer

We know a lot of teachers who travel, and we're always inspired by the confidence and sense of adventure they posess when they hit the road. This got us wondering, what are the personality traits that take educators from teaching to traveling? Watch our video to learn. 

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How Student Tours Work: Planning and Executing

Written by Christine Frisch

Student travel shouldn’t be a headache for teachers and directors. That’s why Brightspark Travel manages every trip’s itinerary, transportation, accommodations, tour guides, registration, and more. To ensure an even smoother experience, use this blog post as a guide to help you keep the tour-planning process on track.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Kimberly Rosario

Written by Maggie Schafer

Meet Kimberly. Kimberly is a Tour Consultant and the manager of Brightspark Travel's California office. She works hard to serve West Coast teachers, puts together events such as our Disney Y.E.S. Preview Tour and collaborates with team members to build out our international student tours. 

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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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