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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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The Best Way to Spend Your Visit to Central Park

Written by Brightspark Travel

You know that iconic shot at the beginning of every single movie filmed in New York City? The one that pans across Central Park, juxtaposing its peaceful greenery with the famed skyscrapers of the Big Apple? Yeah, it made me want to go to New York, too.

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

Written by Brightspark Travel

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

Written by Brightspark Travel

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

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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