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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? 

Written by Brightspark Travel

Your students might think history lessons are all about the past, but on a Civil Rights student tour, they will come to realize that the struggles our country faced 50, 100, or even 200 years ago still resonate today. When you visit immersive and inspiring sites in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, you'll bring to life complex social and legal issues like racism, education inequality, and voting rights.

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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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50 Creative School Fundraising Ideas

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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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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Teach Magna Carta's 800 Year Legacy with Our Timeline

Written by Brightspark Travel

One of the four surviving originals of Magna Carta is located in the cathedral town of Lincoln, England. Home to a medieval village, a castle and one of England’s most impressive cathedrals, Lincoln comes alive this year as it celebrates Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary.

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EdTech Expert's Guide to Flipping the Classroom

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Flipped classrooms remain a controversial subject, but the results are quite compelling. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, in essence, students absorb the content (videos of lectures, reading, etc.) at home and do what would otherwise be considered “homework” in school. EdTech expert Steve Ryan explores the process for flipping the classroom, both in the classroom itself and at home. 

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Get Inspired With Creative School Fundraising Ideas

Written by Brightspark Travel

School fundraisers are great for raising money for a student tour, a booster club or any other educational or performance-related goals. As their popularity increases, however, it takes more than a bland bake sale to attract donors. We wanted to give teachers and performance arts directors a step-by-step guide to executing a modern fundraiser. Our fundraising e-book will walk you through:

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