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Helpful Resources for Teaching September 11

Written by Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

“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 Brightspark Travel

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 Brightspark Travel

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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