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Where to Celebrate International Women's Day Across the U.S.

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This Friday marks International Women's Day 2019, a day to celebrate the achievements of female leaders and everyday heroes. In 1987, over a century after the fight for women's suffrage began, "the month of March was officially designated by Congress for the celebration and acknowledgement of women’s history." Since fewer than 10% of monuments nationwide represent women, we compiled a quick guide of women's memorials in cities across the U.S. to help you learn about and honor their achievements. From coast to coast, keep reading to see how a Brightspark student tour can help you celebrate the heroic efforts of courageous women.

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Top 5 Inspiring Travel Trends for 2019

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Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? We have! Every year, the team at Brightspark has one goal: find more ways to make travel inspiring and exciting for students. And each year, we look at the top trends in travel from around the world to help you set up engaging, hands-on trips to dozens of destinations across the globe.

Whether you're a pro at planning your school trip every year, or this is your first time as travel group leader, keep reading to see what the experts are predicting for 2019 travel.

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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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4 Cities That Make American History Jump Off the Page

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Are you looking for creative ways to get students excited about your classroom lessons? Do you feel like your students think of history as a lackluster list of names and dates? This is why our top student travel destinations are the living classrooms of the East Coast. Keep reading to find out how four U.S. cities make history come alive and ignite the spark of learning in your students!

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Helpful Resources for Teaching September 11

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

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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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Know Before You Go: New York City Classroom Resources

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If you have an upcoming New York City student tour, prepare your class with a couple relevant lesson plans. Don’t know where to start? The city’s world-famous museums provide plenty of resources on the history, art, culture and nature of their hometown. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites for you.

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5 Historical Facts About the Empire State Building

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New York’s tallest building is one of the most popular attractions on our New York student tours, and it’s no wonder; the Empire State Building is an American cultural icon with a fascinating history. Before traveling up to the 102nd floor of this Art Deco masterpiece, check out these fun and historical facts about the Empire State Building.

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Tour Directors’ Tips for New York Student Travel

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Planning a New York Student Tour? We spoke with several of our New York-based Tour Directors, who shared some tips on student travel to the Big Apple.

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