From the Editor

Let this be the year that we change our outcomes by changing our expectations – of our staffs, of our students, and especially of ourselves. Instead of accepting the status quo, let’s ask the question “If we were to accomplish this, what would we have to do?” And then let’s try.

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Where the Girls Are: It’s Not Where the Jobs Are

You constantly hear it in the media: the best jobs are STEM jobs. Over and over, we’re told that for the long haul, STEM jobs will pay the best and be around the longest.

Sounds like a slam-dunk doesn’t it? If you want a stable, higher paying job, get thyself to a science, technology, engineering or math class ASAP. And lots of students are doing just that. So what’s the problem? The problem is that those students are mainly boys.

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Professional Development Which Includes Your Families

As a director of special education, I always found it interesting that I would be planning summer school in January. As a superintendent I found it interesting that I was preparing a budget for the next school year in February. By June I was always pleased I had done the summer school planning and by August I was truly grateful my budget was ready. I suppose it’s not the least bit of a surprise to be planning professional development for next school year during the summer and into the fall. What are the newest and best practices in education? How can I know more about how to implement them? How will it help the students? What else do I need to know?

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American Bald Eagles Do Flock After All

According to historic documents at The Sheldon Museum in Alaska, almost 4,000 American bald eagles gather along a five mile stretch of the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan, Alaska each fall. This great wildlife spectacle is the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world. Attracted by a late run of spawning chum salmon, eagles come from all over Alaska, British Columbia, and as far away as the state of Washington.

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A Conversation With Jayne Ellspermann The SEEN Interview with Charles Sosnik

Jayne Ellspermann is the 2015 National Principal of the Year. She took a badly underperforming school of 1400 students in Florida and transformed it into the highest performing school in her district. She now has a graduation rate of 92 percent. Her school now has 2600 students and a long waiting list of parents who want to bring their children there.

 

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HIRING EFFECTIVE PRINCIPALS BEGINS WITH AN EFFECTIVE INTERVIEW

Core beliefs, linked to behavior, are the best predictors of aspiring principals’ performance. In the following article, we outline why the principal interview matters, point out how the Haberman Star Principal Interview Questionnaire (HSPIQ) effectively differentiates a “star” principal from a “qualified principal,” and impart how the HSPIQ is anchored in years of sound research and development.

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Active Shooter Drills Training Without Traumatizing

Unannounced active shooter drills might seem a perfect way to train staff for the unthinkable.  What better way could there be to accurately test and gauge a staff’s response to an armed intruder than to have personnel respond believing it to be an actual event?After all, some schools conduct unannounced fire or severe weather drills, and those exercises usually occur with few, if any, negative consequences.   It might stand to reason active shooter drills should be included among the list of unannounced drills.   However, is it a wise decision and what are the risks?

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FUEL GREAT TEACHING THIS SCHOOL YEAR 5 KEYS TO SUPER-CHARGED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

With a growing body of research showing that teachers are the most important determinant of student achievement, new and more rigorous teacher evaluation systems and policies have been implemented across the country. At the same time, many educators feel they lack the right resources and support needed to meet the demands of today’s classrooms and heightened learning standards.

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Calling on educators to lead new classroom observations

Many educators are struggling to come to terms with the significant demand for time and learning new classroom observation policies have created, leaving their aspiration to improve instruction deflated. Yet, examples of districts and schools that are managing these challenges are emerging and giving us a glimpse of the value of rigorous, evidence-based classroom observations for educators.

 

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EMPOWERING GLOBAL-READY TEACHERS

App developer and social media manager are just two examples of jobs that did not exist 10 years ago. These jobs also could not have been predicted before the iPhone or social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook took off. This got me thinking about the number of 21st century jobs that we can’t even envision now.

From an educator’s perspective this presents an interesting question: How do we prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist?

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Pedagogical Strategies for Enhanced Learning and Retention


Have you ever attended a class or lecture to listen to someone speak on a topic? Perhaps a continuing education class or even a simple information session. I’d like you to think of one time where you participated insomething of this nature, where you were really excited about learning more on the subject matter. Now I want you to compare the feeling you had when you arrived, prior to the talk,to the feeling you had when you left. Were the feelings comparable? Did you feel just as excited about what you learned or less?

 

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Funding Enhanced Employee Professional Development

What do professional development opportunities mean to you? For most, they mean the chance to associate with others in your profession, stay abreast of your field, and gain the advantage of new knowledge and skills to improve your career. They are both exciting and an indication that your organization sees long-term value in you.

The corporate world spends, on average, more than $1,200 per employee each year training and re-training its staff. They recognize that to remain competitive, they must have the best people possible in place.

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PERSONALIZED LEARNING STARTS WITH THE LEARNER, NOT TECHNOLOGY

Personalized Learning is a controversial term that means different things to different people depending on where and how it is referenced. Some believe it is about promoting programs or tools that personalize learning for you where others emphasize that learning starts with the learner.

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NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR 2025 TRANSFORMING THE CORE OF LEARNING

(This is part two of a three part series.)

Imagine that it is the year 2025. Urban learning crews are providing personalized learning and deep social support to inner city middle and high school aged students around the U.S., causing dropout rates to plummet. A rural learning commons has brought to Oklahoma communities a new layer of infrastructure that is seeding educator development while expanding access to cross-cultural learning experiences.

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Common Core Testing Anxiety: Lessons from Year 1

As the first year of Common Core standardized testing comes to a close, we at Edulastic surveyed educators across the country about their experience and found some cautious good news: 80 percent of respondents said testing had gone better than they expected.

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THE SCHOOL THAT GOT IT RIGHT

“There is something different about this school,” I thought to myself, as I strolled through the busy hallways of a middle Tennessee elementary school, “something that’s actually working.”

I was there to meet with the principal and to discuss a series of workshops geared towards parents and staff, but on this late November day I was surprised and encouraged by the atmosphere in the building.

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RESCHOOL COLORADO A BOLD EFFORT TO CREATE A NEW EDUCATION SYSTEM IN COLORADO

What if you were given the chance to create an entirely new state education system from scratch — one that could serve learners of all ages — birth to career — would be designed to better prepare people for success in the world we live in today, and sufficiently agile to keep up with our global society’s rapid changes? This was exactly the opportunity offered to me in early 2013 when I decided to leave my post as Colorado’s Associate Commissioner of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement to return to the Donnell-Kay Foundation, where I had worked previously, to design and launch a new education system in our state.

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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: TEACHERS' COMMUNICATION STYLES

Classroom management skills are fundamental to any teacher’s professional competence in today’s diverse classrooms. Lacking a proactive system of management strategies is compromising educators’ career productivity. Unfortunately, university preparation has failed to emphasize this requirement, assuming practical experience will compensate for insufficient training.

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The Case for Online Professional Development

There is nothing worse than having to rush off to a professional development (PD) session when the school bell rings at the end of the school day. You feel rushed. You have to ensure that your students are safely on their way home, you have to run out of school, fight traffic (and maybe inclement weather) to make it to a 4 p.m. PD session. You arrive 10 minutes late, because traffic was heavier than expected. You rush into the PD session, when you realize that you left your laptop, which you need for the session, back in your classroom. You are so flustered by all that has happened that you don’t enjoy the session. Quite frankly, you hate how you have to rush around after a long day in the classroom. You think to yourself that there must be a better way of meeting your PD requirements. There is – it’s called online PD.

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FISH! For Schools: The foundation of a positive school culture

Sometimes the best lessons come from the most unlikely teachers.

Years ago, filmmaker John Christensen was shopping at Seattle’s Pike Place Market when he noticed a large crowd surrounding a small fish market. The fishmongers tossed salmon to each other, the crowd cheering each spectacular catch.

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College Ready Writer’s Program

A goal of education is to expand students’ sense of their possibilities and roles in the world.  Argument writing plays a role in students’ identities in their careers, as college students, and as citizens.

The National Writing Project received a validation grant from the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation program.

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Teen Science Cafés: Raising Interest in Science and Science Careers

Science Cafés for adults have become a global phenomenon in which scientists and the lay public engage in conversations about relevant and intriguing science. In 2007, Science Education Solutions, Inc. of Los Alamos, New Mexico, with a grant from the National Science Foundation, began an experiment to see if the model could be adapted to appeal to high school teenagers.

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Student Data, a Top Concern of School Districts

The digital transformation of our schools has dramatically altered the landscape of education and resulted in an unprecedented rise in the collection and use of student data. Today’s classrooms use cloud-based content and teaching systems as well as tens of thousands of learning apps delivered by individual vendors; districts employ learning management systems, student information systems and multiple SaaS systems.

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Safe and Healthy Schools Are No Accident

Serving America’s schools for more than 56 years, School Specialty continues to lead the way in providing educators with performance based solutions through the advent of SSI Guardian, a full service safety and security consulting firm.

Born out of the need for evidenced based security solutions for K-12 schools, SSI Guardian helps administrators achieve the safest learning environment possible through their all hazards comprehensive approach. This includes advanced training, security consulting, safety and security products and technologies tailored to meet schools specific safety needs and security objectives.

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THINKING ABOUT AN M.ED.? 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Professional development. Certification. Specialization. Greater earning potential. These are just a few of the reasons professionals decide to pursue a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.). Whether you’ve just completed your undergraduate degree, or you’ve been working in the teaching profession for some time, a M.Ed. is an ideal way to enhance your professional profile and prepare for a new leadership role. Master’s degrees are also sought by those interested in administrative roles in higher education, in counseling positions, in pursuing careers in education policy, or as education scholars working in colleges or universities.

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FINDING THE NICHE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

According to experts, by 2022, one-third of all degrees awarded will be master’s degrees. However, this does not mean there is enormous growth occurring in graduate programs. In fact, based on the Council of Graduate Studies’ (CGS) most recent graduate enrollment survey, graduate enrollment is decreasing, particularly in the large, mainstay graduate programs of Education and Business. 

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When Incentives Harm Performance What Scientists Know That Schools Don’t

The way most leaders reward employees is wrong and harming their organizations, said Dan Pink, author and behavioral expert, during a TED talk on the puzzle of motivation. And he has a slew of social science experiments to back up his claims.

Traditionally, organizations have sought to reward employees through extrinsic motivators: money, awards, gifts, an afternoon off or a swanky holiday party. And yet, studies replicated around the world for more than 40 years show that contingent motivators (“if you do this, you get that”) don’t work. Worse yet, they often damage performance.

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LEVERAGING EDUCATOR TALENT Principles from Practice

Stop! Before you continue reading, answer the following question: What are the attributes of the ideal educator for your district? No, don’t read on. Please pause and answer the question first. If it is more useful, reduce the grain size. For example, who is the ideal principal?  What would the ideal kindergarten teacher look like? What are the attributes of the high school counselor? Once you have an emerging picture, proceed.

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Evaluations The Conversations Have Changed

Conversations regarding the evaluation process in Indiana have changed dramatically over the past few years. Recently, a group of four educators met at a local diner in small town Indiana to discuss the changes and enjoy breakfast. Laura Burpo (oatmeal and rye toast) is in her second year as a social studies teacher at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis. Manual is one of the take-over schools currently being operated by Charter Schools USA. Burpo has demonstrated building level leadership acumen in a short time and has been acknowledged as a teacher who makes a difference in a challenging climate as her building’s Teacher of the Year. 

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CENTRAL OFFICE THE MISSING KEY TO SCHOOL SUCCESS

We all know that schools have a tough job. Schools willingly agree to plan, nurture, discipline, inspire and lead students every day. But there are many jobs schools just don’t want to tackle. Most principals really don’t want to spend time on how to get the bills paid, the tax revenue calculated or the children delivered to and from school. Principals do not want to plan a highly nutritious $1.39 meal for hundreds of students or even spend the time visiting all the college campuses to find teacher candidates.

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Career Pathways: Bridging the Opportunity Gap Bridging the Opportunity Gap

(This is part one of a two part series.)

The Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Career and Technical Education (CTE) spent a year grappling with a problem that is not unique to the SREB region, but is shared by states across the country. That is, for too many of our young people, high school — the last publicly funded opportunity many have to earn a credential of value in the marketplace — is a bridge to nowhere.

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CONNECT STUDENTS TO EMPLOYERS

Jobs in the field of information technology are readily available. Indeed, tech is a growth industry in the United States, with employers recently reporting they had more than 850,000 IT job vacancies. 

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Game Development as a Career of Tomorrow

When one thinks of game development today as a career field, a typical first image is that of someone who will be sitting at a robust machine kicking out the next Halo, FIFA, Angry Birds or any of the thousands of entertainment-oriented games on the market. And, indeed, entertainment-focused gaming is one part of this fast growing career field. There will always be a need for entertainment-based gaming; however, this is only part of the picture. The ever-growing need in our society for enhanced technology has engendered a significant expansion in the gaming industry, which has led to the concept of serious gaming. Ultimately, serious gaming will be a much larger industry than the current $12 billion a year entertainment gaming business. What is serious gaming and how is it a career of the future?

Serious gaming is focused on user/player outcomes. These outcomes often are for new or reinforced learning. The military, airline and medical industries have been using serious gaming for a couple decades now. Soldiers, before they are sent into harm’s way, are exposed to simulated battlefield conditions in training simulators repeatedly. They are being trained in a safe simulated battlefield environment while learning about many of the hazards of war. The clear intention of the military use of serious gaming is to produce outcomes that are very real — to reduce the number of casualties and lessen combat-related wounds, all while increasing mission success. Similarly, airline pilots log hundreds of hours in simulators, and surgeons practice in a computer-based 3D environment before graduating onto pigs and eventually humans. Outcome-based experiential training is very effective. We learn best by doing. When we learn in a safe environment with minimized consequences, failure is an option. Often we can learn best by experiencing failure.

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VISUALIZE SUCCESS IN EARTH SCIENCE WEEK 2015

“Seeing is believing” as the saying goes. But maybe more importantly, seeing is often understanding. In addition to using words and numbers, science teachers often find it useful to communicate ideas and information to students with visual presentations.

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DATA ESSENTIALS Must Haves' For a Next Generation Comprehensive Assessment System

The Common Core education movement has been accompanied by a rapid and widespread interest in the use of standards-aligned, research-supported comprehensive assessment systems to help guide local educational decision-making. This interest has created a pressing need for the development and implementation of a new generation of technological tools capable of integrating standards-based assessment with instructional decision-making. In turn, these tools can provide data required to inform the many types of decisions confronting educators and administrators in today’s schools.

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BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN HIGH POVERTY SCHOOLS

Resources in high poverty schools are often limited and are a reason why many schools struggle with improving achievement. However, if the current technology available is leveraged properly and fully utilized, expanded resources would become immediately available. The following are ways to impact the achievement gap by closing the technology and opportunity gap. In addition to strategies, practical examples are listed that have been used in an effort to bridge the digital divide, which can be replicated in any district. Jennings School district is 98 percent minority and serves 100 percent free lunch. Jennings borders Ferguson in St. Louis, Missouri and serves approximately 3,000 students in grades PreK-12.

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RETHINKING THE ENTERPRISE LEARNING ECOSYSTEM

I love working with educators. There’s beauty in the work of those who dedicate their lives to helping students succeed. In my travels and interviews, I’ve seen educators grapple with challenges at the intersection of learning and technology. They seek out opportunities to enhance the efficacy and honor the interconnections between all of the systems they implement. Ultimately, through their work, schools are realizing the vision of supporting educational excellence of all students.

This great work guides us to several best practices that accelerate quality education.

Asking Why as a Deliberate Exercise

In his 2009 presentation titled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” Simon Sinek emphasizes that great leadership and change start with the question “why.” He highlights the Golden Circle, which is the “naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, which explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages, and organizations over others.”

In making decisions about our learning environments, let’s start by asking “why.” Let’s be intentional about that, with the expectation of a real, actionable answer. With this mindset, the reason for implementing an online assessment system transitions from “let’s make classwork easier to submit online” to “we believe that interactive, anytime learning drives student engagement and success.”

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The Importance of Situation Awareness in K-12 Emergency Operations Planning.

Over the past decade, as the severity and frequency of violent events on school campuses have increased, school administrators have sought to harden school campuses and better train school personnel. Pressured by public outcry and facing potentially large financial settlements, government officials and scholars have seized upon the importance of effective planning when confronting all hazards on school campuses.

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The Roadmap to Emergency Preparedness

In today’s unpredictable environment, emergency planning has become a critical element for executive management. Within the education sector, these responsibilities fall on principals and presidents, chancellors and CFOs, administrators and educators. Everyone has a role in preparedness, response and the long-term recovery.

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UNDERSTANDING CYBERBULLYING THROUGH IMMERSION: EDUCATE, EMPOWER, ENGAGE

Today’s technology has taken on a life of its own. Words such as “tweet,” “hashtag,” “snap” and “follow” have become integrated into our daily vocabulary. Every day there seems to be a new social media platform that kids are using, whether it’s Twitter, Snapchat, Yik Yak or Facebook. It’s as though our students speak another language and exist in an entirely different world outside of their homes and our classrooms, and frankly, it’s hard to keep up with it all.

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ADDRESSING YOUTH VIOLENCE FOR SAFER SCHOOLS

The road to resolving conflict peacefully begins with fundamental character development and social emotional competency. Such skills enable and encourage youth to be more present in their lives. Think of it as putting together an intricate jigsaw puzzle.  Each skill may be whole on its own, but joined together the pieces form a larger, more cohesive picture. Puzzle pieces by their very nature are meant to be different yet to bond together. In the same way, when we are confident in our own unique qualities, while respecting the unique qualities of others, we come together peacefully. And school can be an essential place of sanctuary where we can nurture such healthy bonding and development. Teachers can be valuable role models to guide youth as they learn to piece together the puzzles that will reflect their happiest and healthiest selves.

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NAVIGATING THE BEHAVIORAL MAZE OF A CHILD WITH ASPERGER’S SYNDROME

It’s no surprise to you that no two students are the same. As a teacher, you have long recognized that your individual students have different personalities, learning styles and socialization approaches. Sometimes, however, you may encounter a student who has a unique developmental pattern. This student appears normal but presents distinct challenges.

A student who functions just outside the norm is often difficult to understand and even more difficult to help in a classroom of 25 to 30 students.

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COMMON SOFTWARE APPLICATION FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

I taught Special Ed during the first five years of my teaching career. I taught high functioning developmentally delayed elementary and junior high students (everything from PDDNOS to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome to Cerebral Palsy), as well as learning disabled students (dyslexia, severe language learning disability, etc.)

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NUTRITION, FITNESS & THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

What do families and teachers of children with developmental disabilities think of when people discuss health and wellness? More often than not, issues of nutrition and fitness top the list. The behavioral resistance to change common in people with disabilities sometimes makes it difficult to limit or alter foods as well as to insert fitness regimes into a daily routine. In this article, we explore the need for intervention in these areas and suggest effective strategies toward improving health status in individuals with developmental disabilities.

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What’s Going On With Youth Sports? Recent Study Shows Big Drop in ‘Core’ Participants: PE Is the Solution

When it comes to team sports, the U.S. is becoming a nation of spectators and not participants. Recent statistics released by PHIT America (www.PHITAmerica.org) and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (When it comes to team sports, the U.S. is becoming a nation of spectators and not participants. Recent statistics released by PHIT America (www.PHITAmerica.org) and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (www.SFIA.org) indicate a drastic decline in team sports participation, in the last five years, by children ages six to 17. 

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THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF WINSTON-SALEM

Who knew children could learn so much through play? At the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem (CMWS), located in the Piedmont Triad, we see children learning every day while they watch scarves zip through the Amazing Airways exhibit, cooperate and collaborate on fortresses in Built It!, or take part in a story time or special program. CMWS is designed to enhance the educational power of play with age appropriate, open-ended experiences.

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35 YEARS OF SAFE AND RELIABLE STUDENT TRAVEL

One If By Land Tours is a unique student and adult group travel company that many say is “just too good to be true.” But it is and founder Stuart Weisberg will tell you why.

Why is One If By Land Tours different? “The difference is my 35 years in this business. People trust me and that opens doors for me that are closed to other groups,” says Weisberg.”

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EDUTAINMENT AT CAROWINDS: THE ‘BEST DAY EVER!’

After a day at Carowinds, students have been overheard saying, “That was the BEST DAY EVER!” and “I didn’t know roller coasters work like THAT!” and “Did you see me up there on stage? I was AWESOME!” Some students are just speechless – completely worn out from a fabulous day of learning and fun.

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YOUR STUDENTS CAN EXPERIENCE A GRAND WESTERN ADVENTURE

In 1962, Ken Hayes started his career in education, as a teacher, youth director and coach. One year later he began a journey that continues to this day — a journey that has unfolded over a half a million miles of open road and eclipses five decades. For the past 51 years, Ken has taken 14, 15 and 16 year old students on the adventure of a lifetime.

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What to Do Before Student Travel Goes Awry

Imagine 110 of your students stranded roadside after a bus breakdown. Or nearly 40 arriving in Germany without their luggage because of a volcano. These are real stories. But, thanks to travel insurance, these travel troubles didn’t ruin the trips and didn’t cost students and school districts hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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Game On!

Game on! Your class has earned a coveted All-Access Pass to the hallowed halls of college football. On your field trip, you and your students will experience the science, history, rivalries, and pageantry that have made college football one of the most beloved sports in America.

The College Football Hall of Fame is highly-immersive and engaging. It blends historic artifacts with state-of-the-art, multimedia college football exhibits.

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THE CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS HELPS LESSON PLANS COME TO LIFE

The Center provides educational experiences that encourage creativity, support school-day learning, fuel holistic development, and provide accessible, hands-on opportunities to participate in arts activities. The Center’s live performances, interactive workshops, and guided museum tours provide educational creative arts experiences to students that aren’t available in classrooms while also providing teachers with opportunities to infuse the arts into their curriculum goals.

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CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is Atlanta’s newest, must-see, cultural attraction. A bold, immersive, and interactive experience, The Center engages visitors on a powerful journey designed to educate, inspire and empower.

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FUN & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN FLORIDA

Merlin Entertainments is a business built on fun, and we believe that learning is fun too. In Florida alone, you can find a variety of attractions that offer students educational opportunities and the chance to make memories.

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EXCITEMENT IN ORLANDO

Which is faster, an airboat, a go-kart or an alligator? It might surprise your students to know that the airboats at Wild Florida Airboat Tours and Wildlife Park aren’t nearly as fast as the Go-Karts at I-Drive NASCAR — and they’re only slightly faster than an alligator when he’s sprinting through the breeding marsh at Gatorland!

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ONE-OF-A-KIND MUSIC CITY EXPERIENCES

Whether your class is filled with aspiring songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists, or just ardent fans of music, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is a must-see destination for all ages. Not only does the museum provide a unique learning opportunity but also an array of hands-on experiences that expand the stories told in the museum’s exhibitions.

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PONTCHARTRAIN TO GRAND ISLE

Looking for an adventure? One with a heap of history, a hearty helping of nature, and a whole lot of culture all blended with fun? Jefferson Parish Louisiana, neighboring New Orleans, is a sprawling 60 miles from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to the sandy beaches of Grand Isle.

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LAUNCH AN INSPIRING ADVENTURE IN HAMPTON

Centered in coastal Virginia and located a short drive from Williamsburg, Hampton offers students an experience that spans from the Sea to the Stars. At 400 years and counting, Hampton is rich in history and the city showcases its heritage through its multifaceted attractions and tour sites.

The Virginia Air and Space Center, visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base offer an array of educational programming for grades Pre-K through 12 designed to meet Virginia’s Standards of Learning guidelines and national Science Educational Standards. With an aim to stimulate students’ interest in STEM careers, the center’s informal science education approach promotes learning through doing, allowing students to find solutions to scientific problems.

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HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK Next Stop The 17th Century

Henricus Historical Park is located on the historic James River — originally called the Powhatan River by native inhabitants — about 80 miles west of Jamestown, America’s first successful colony. It became the 1611 site for the second successful colonial “citie” in North America. 

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Discover Colonial Williamsburg

The Revolutionary City

Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Explore the art museums, unleash students’ inner colonists, tee off a game of golf, or relax and unwind at the Spa. Stay at one of the official Colonial Williamsburg hotels, with a variety of opportunities to shop and dine, and you’ll never want to leave.

Tours

Engage with Your Surroundings

Your visit to the Revolutionary City isn’t complete without the freedom to explore. Enjoy one of more than 20 guided and self-guided tours — included in your admission ticket — offered daily. Enter into the homes and gardens of Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents, get a firsthand perspective from a curator, or see the city by foot on a walking tour.

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NORFOLK: THE HEART OF THE VIRGINIA WATERFRONT

Located conveniently along the Mid-Atlantic coast, Norfolk, Virginia is the ideal destination for action-packed and affordable, educational tours. With an abundance of outdoor activities, historical and cultural attractions, this riverside city offers exciting choices for new learning!

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TENZI - THE WORLD'S FASTEST GAME.

IT'S A FUN, FAST FRENZY!

Our Goal: to reinvigorate the spirit of American education.  The Southeast Education Network, through SEEN Magazine and www.SEENmagazine.us, presents resources, ideas and techniques to help educators become more effective while growing personally and professionally. SEEN Magazine is dedicated to educators, school administrators, and the education community.