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Top 5 Cities to Experience America's Music History

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From Chicago to Nashville to New York, the U.S. showcases its diverse musical traditions in iconic cities and venues where your band, choir, orchestra, or theatre group can connect with the very best of the professional music world. Click below to download our latest infographic and learn more about each destination.

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Flag Day by the Numbers: 9 Facts to Celebrate Old Glory

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Did you know June 14th is Flag Day? The Star-Spangled Banner was first adopted as our national flag 231 years ago today. If you think that sounds like an astounding number, click below to download our latest infographic for more facts and figures.

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How Can Civil Rights Lessons Inspire Your Classroom Today? 

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

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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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8 Activities to Prepare Students for Their 8th Grade D.C. Trip

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To make the most of any student tour, pre-trip preparation is key. To help you get your students ready for their Washington, D.C. student tour we put together eight educational activities.

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What Is an Interactive Student Notebook? Resources for Beginners

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Given the nature of student travel, it should come as no surprise that we’re all for hands-on learning. We love interactive student notebooks (ISNs) because they encourage an active approach both in and out of the classroom, and we wanted to share the best resources on the subject.

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50 Creative School Fundraising Ideas

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School fundraising events can be as fun and educational as they are lucrative. We put together our favorite school fundraising ideas in a variety of categories. Which one's right for your group?

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Educator's Guide to Bringing Sketchnotes Into the Classroom

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As educators recognize the importance of student learning styles and the differences between linear and non-linear thinking, a “sketchnote revolution” is emerging. Gone are the days of teachers scolding students for drawing in the back of the classroom — now experts know that doodlers gain a 29 percent increase in information retention.

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Know Before You Go: Worksheets for Your DC Class Trip

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You want to make sure your students get the most out of their Washington, D.C. student tour, and there’s no better way to do this than to provide them with essential information on the iconic sights they will visit. Before they head out, arm them with knowledge and get them excited with these worksheets, fact sheets, and quizzes on subjects such as the Smithsonian Institution, presidents, and the main governmental attractions.  

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How Well Does 'Selma' Teach Civil Rights?

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The emotions of the civil rights struggle are impossible to capture, but imagine this: A 54-year-old African American woman, Annie Lee Cooper, clubbed by a local sheriff as she waits outside a courthouse, registering to vote. Now imagine Ms. Cooper portrayed by Oprah Winfrey.

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