Explore the Mysteries and Marvels of the Intertidal Zone

The motto of the Lowcountry Estuarium based in Port Royal, SC is “Conservation through Education” with a focus on the Port Royal Sound Estuarine system. This unique coastal environment stretches from the barrier islands bordered on the north by St. Helena Sound to the Savannah River. It is arguably the richest ecosystem on earth with regard to the production of biomass. Read More »

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Epson Creative Zone

Epson Creative Zone is a free resource for teachers featuring hundreds of projects including scrapbooks, calendars, award certificates, textbook covers and more.  Read More »

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From the Editor - Spring 2011

Collaboration is such a broad term. In education, it takes many forms. There is the collaboration between student and teacher. Collaboration between student and student. Collaboration between teachers. Between school and home. Between districts. Between disciplines. Between agencies. Between locations. Between public and private sectors. In this issue, we celebrate collaboration in all its forms. Using the simple premise that none of us is as smart as all of us, we explore the many ways educators use collaboration to accomplish one important goal – the education of our children.

Kudos to my friend Franklin Schargel, who has just finished his tenth book. Schools Where Teachers Lead: What Successful Teachers Do is available at www.eyeoneducation.com. It helps develop shared leadership and teacher leadership in school with real-world, on the job ideas.  Principals and other leaders will embrace the practical “Lead Now” and “Do Now” strategies as they improve their own skills and promote shared leadership among their staff, raising student achievement in turn. Congratulations Franklin. It is a great contribution.

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New Scholarship announced for students with ADHD

Students in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are planning to pursue higher education have a new scholarship program opportunity. The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services provided in partnership with the Edge Foundation to help individuals diagnosed with ADHD making the
transition to college, vocational or technical school. Read More »

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School—Community Collaboration

Schools are being asked to do more and more with fewer resources. For any school program to assure the high academic achievement of all children, there must be an active partnership between the school and community to address the social and personal, as well as the academic, needs of children. As Jehl, Blank, and McCloud (2001) conclude in Lessons in Collaboration, educators and community builders differ about the goals and scope of schools. Educators tend to see educational reform as focused on promoting the academic achievement of young people. Community builders — and some educators — focus on academic achievement in a broader context that includes social and personal development. One researcher writing 10 years after a national report calling for reform, suggested why school reform was not going well: School reform — simply improving the way teachers teach and the ways schools are structured — is not enough. Teachers must now find ways to cope with children who live in dysfunctional families, who are victims of violence, who use drugs, who do not speak English, who are pregnant, who are homeless. Teachers, even the best ones, cannot help these children by themselves. Read More »

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Teacher Professional Development: Taking time to learn

I often say “we make time for what we value.”  The irony is teachers, in particular, struggle with finding time to learn to be better teachers.  But who has time to think about professional development? Read More »

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Is it time to swap K-12 Education Trends for Common Sense Solutions?

I wonder if any other industry is as prone to trends and fads as K-12 education. Every couple of years, a new model promises much, sweeps through the nation, then largely fades from view. Enter a new fad that promises much, and repeat — endlessly. The trouble with most education models is that they’re one-size-fits-all. In the real world, students come in all shapes and sizes, with all manner of challenges and barriers, and one simple approach will never fit all of them. To expect one basic model to fit all students coast-to-coast is like expecting one textbook to fit all students coast-to-coast. Read More »

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Waiting for "Superman"? - Don't hold your breath

While the documentary “Waiting for Superman” does make some valid observations on the issues challenging American education today, it fails largely under the weight of its own kryptonite:  that there is a crisis in public education.  Believing in the myth of a crisis in education is kind of like believing in the man of steel himself, only in reverse—Superman can do nothing wrong, just as public schools and teachers can’t do anything right.  If you suspend your disbelief, then every fallacy in the film (and there are many) can seem plausible, but Davis Guggenheim’s documentary bombs on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to start.  Let’s put it this way: if the film were entered into evidence in a court of law as proof of the collapse of American public education, the court would either dismiss it outright, or a jury would render a not-guilty verdict on all counts. Read More »

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Consequences: The rocket fuel of accountability

Dennis G. Wiseman, former Director of The Biddle Center, and Gilbert Hunt, former Dean of the College of Education at Coastal Carolina University, have released the second edition of Best Practice in Motivation and Management in the Classroom.  The text published by Charles C Thomas Publisher, Ltd., Springfield, Illinois, is dedicated to those students who enter schools each day and bring with them, or encounter there, problems in motivation and management, and to the many dedicated teachers who continue to seek ways to meet both the personal and learning needs of these students. The research is a comprehensive work that offers practical information and vicarious practice for both beginning, as well as veteran, teachers to become more knowledgeable, skilled and effective in their work. Teaching and learning is our most important core focus in Jostens Renaissance Schools. The following highlights some key insights that this work provides. Read More »

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What can collaboration with students look like?

Collaboration with students in the design, delivery, and evaluation of instruction and decision-making involves students working in cooperative learning groups, as tutors and partners in partner learning (e.g., reciprocal teaching), and as co-teachers with their teachers. Collaboration with students also means involving students as decision makers and problem solvers, as designers of their own learning and being self-determined in planning for their own futures (e.g., student-led IEP and transition planning meetings). Further, collaboration with students means engaging students as mediators of conflict and controversy and advocates for themselves and others. Collaboration with students means fostering self-discipline and student learning and use of responsible behavior. Read More »

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The spirit of collaboration

Collaboration! It is a word we use quite frequently, but what does it mean? Why is collaboration necessary? As stakeholders in local school districts, are we truly, actively involved in a collaborative process? How can your team function more collaboratively?

Collaboration in education is the act of all stakeholders purposefully working together to achieve one goal. The goal is for each child to be given the opportunity to benefit from the educational services available through their school placement. The need for collaboration among school personnel has never been as great as it is today. There is an expectation that principals, teachers, support staff, parents and students must work together to ensure a meaningful education for all students. Students of all ability levels are expected to perform at grade level. Teachers must equip themselves with the tools to facilitate growth in each of their students, often within the general education setting. This movement is known as the inclusion movement. While the inclusion movement is not new, its effects are still changing the way schools operate.

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Student performance, online collaboration and Moodle

 “Online” means many things to many people, including e-mail, blogs, wikis, chat, texting, Edline, School Fusion, Blackboard, Moodle, WiFi, netbooks, tablets and more. Do any of these really impact student achievement? Based on my experience the answer is yes — but not for the technology itself, rather for what it enables us as educators to achieve. At The Learning Curve, we start every professional development experience with this essential question: “What can we achieve online that we cannot achieve as well or as fully in a more traditional environment?” Read More »

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Not all equal signs are created equal

Most young students readily understand the operational meaning of the equal sign — that is, when the sign is used to indicate the result of an operation such as 4 + 3 = 7. But they often do not grasp as easily the relational meaning of this sign. In fact, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP) noted that many elementary and middle school students do not fully understand the multiple meanings of the equal sign, knowledge considered essential for success in algebra. Read More »

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A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Bullying

Bullying is universal, prevalent in most countries, and not a new problem. In spite of a media frenzy, there is no definitive evidence that bullying is on the rise. Nevertheless, it is a problem to be taken seriously and just one incident of bullying is one too many.


Bullying should never be accepted as just a “normal” part of schooling. In a democratic society, schools must be committed to social justice and helping all students from all families achieve at high levels. When a culture of bullying and violence is tolerated, the entire school community is distracted from doing the work of schools.

When problems arise in schools and the discussion is fueled by the media, it is common for policy makers to issue mandates or for school leaders and teachers to implement quick fix, one size fits all programs. Mandates pushed down from those farthest from the learner are often met with resistance from educators. At best, these mandates often result in a paper exercise followed by a flurry of compliance activities that become ends in themselves, rather than the means to addressing the problem.

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Collaboration furniture How computer table geometry unleashes the flow of exchange

Collaborative learning is the holy grail of progressive colleges and universities nation-wide, so it is not surprising that high schools are now looking at this approach to prepare their students for successfully continuing their academic careers.

“Collaborative learning” is a general term for a variety of educational approaches which involve an exchange of intellectual effort by students and teachers together. Typically, students work in groups of two or more, searching together in a process directed to solve for a common goal. Collaborative learning activities vary widely, but most center on students’ exploration and application of the course material, not simply the teacher’s presentation of it.

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Students express themselves as published authors

At 10 years of age Sydnee Bush was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s disease, an aggressive form of cancer. She endured eight months of exhausting chemotherapy. During this time she used the power of expression and chronicled her life through poetry. Sydnee is now a published author, along with the rest of her classmates, through Studentreasures Publishing.

Elementary teacher Taylor Hoffman wanted to provide an opportunity for her students to get motivated to write, while teaching valuable life lessons. Each of her students at Ridgeview Elementary School contributed to a collaborative classbook. The students made pleas to the reader to take a stand, and create change. Ms. Hoffman used a unique approach to raise awareness among her students on what they can do daily to create change. According to one of her students, “Ms. Hoffman is outstanding to let us take this adventure to help different types of people and children, so I would like to thank her so much.” This class is using the power of expression to make a difference.

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Instructional effectiveness for turnaround schools: Rigor, relevance and relationships

Turning Around Schools in Need

Many schools are in trouble today because they are not created equally. To prove that sad fact, you need only drive from a suburban school district to a rural or city district to see the differences. On a daily basis, many students come to school without supplies, and it is almost impossible to find a working phone number to contact parents, many of whom do not want to speak with you, even if you are lucky enough to reach them. Although this sad situation can be found elsewhere, the reality is that this scenario — and countless other inequalities — exist all too frequently.

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Leading the way: The role of professional development for school leaders

The current public education system in the United States has structural cracks and operational dysfunctions that need to be addressed forthrightly and urgently. Together, school leaders and education professionals can improve instruction and leadership in schools and devise a new system of systems for all students to achieve at high levels. In order to do so, each of us must grow to new levels.

Have you ever seen a great school without a great leader?

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Learning outside the classroom

Oftentimes, the learning experiences that change the lives of students happen outside the classroom. Across the nation, colleges and universities are developing and embracing living learning programs as an opportunity to engage students more fully in the college experience. Studies show that students who participate in living learning programs develop better critical thinking skills, are more likely to explore service-learning or volunteer activities, and make a smoother transition to college life. Most importantly, these students know that lessons don’t stay in the classroom; they eagerly bring knowledge gained in one setting to a variety of others.

Even beyond participating in living learning programs, today’s students seek an environment that facilitates numerous kinds of interactions and is uniquely designed to enhance and continue learning outside the classroom. If you think about traditional campus buildings, they all have a single purpose. Academic buildings house classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls for the formal side of teaching. Student centers serve as casual gathering places. Libraries offer a quiet space for studying and research. In most cases, residence halls are far removed from the heart of academic life.

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Relationship is key to English language learner’s success

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a reading program in my daughter’s elementary school. For 45 minutes before school, I went from child to child and listened to them read aloud. After a few sessions, the program coordinator called me aside. She gestured to two young Latina girls sitting across the room, and whispered, “Those girls are new. They don’t speak much English, so they always try to speak Spanish, but they are not allowed. If you catch them, tell them to stop.” As I looked across the room, the girls sank in their seats. My heart sunk as well. If these girls cannot speak English, and they are not allowed to speak in Spanish, they can’t be learning very much — school must be truly miserable for them Read More »

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Educating tomorrow’s leaders today

Over the past three years, Mississippi State University has developed several new distance learning programs that are focused on teacher education. This is in response to the national demand for increasingly qualified teachers. According to Sclafani (2010), teacher shortages have been felt on a global scale for the past 15 years. Sclafani notes that this shortage can be traced back to two emerging trends: “First, qualified teachers are in short supply overall in some places and in specific subjects in other places. Second, teaching appears to be a less popular professional choice for young people.”

As is the profile of most distance learners, teachers wanting to further their education while maintaining their current career require the time flexibility and logistical freedom that online degree programs offer. According to Hussar (1999), an economist with the National Center for Education Statistics, “over the next 10 years, an unusually large need for newly hired teachers is expected, both to replace teachers as they retire and to meet the needs of increasing enrollments.”

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Professional development to support struggling students The role of professional development and training

Educators are keenly aware of the expectation that they continually improve their knowledge and abilities as instructors. From learning about changes in our understanding of student profiles, to new methods to address instruction in core content areas, teachers engage in professional development as a necessary aspect of their profession. The need for professional development opportunities is especially keen for educators who serve struggling students, such as students with learning disabilities, language issues, social-emotional challenges, and those from inadequately-resourced or unsupportive environments. Read More »

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How to make a residential school feel like home

“From the beginning of The King’s Daughters’ School (KDS) in 1955, and in contrast to the prevailing practice of the time, the founders were determined that KDS would not be an institution — but a school and a home-away-from-home for the students who attended,” says Dr. David H. Craig, Executive Director of The King’s Daughters’ School. “That goal has continued to be the focus throughout the years as an effort is constantly made to provide a warm, nurturing environment where students feel safe and cared for. Read More »

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Supporting students with autism Spectrum disorders: Staying on the PATH

Anyone who has taught a student with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) realizes the complex challenges involved. The array of learning challenges that students with ASDs can present can be overwhelming. Considering that we still have no definitive answers for what causes autism or why there has been an explosion of individuals diagnosed with the disorder, being overwhelmed by the challenge of educating our students on the autism spectrum is not unusual. Read More »

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Teaching students in the Age of Autism

Here’s an interesting mystery: between 1993 and 2003, the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) increased by 800 percent in the United States. Since then, the number of individuals diagnosed with ASD has continued to grow by about 50 percent per year. What’s behind this epidemic? Read More »

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Students go to the Hill 2011 Annual Federal Education Policy Institute focuses on supporting vulnerable students in schools: Policy directions for the nation

The George Washington (GW) University’s Federal Education Policy Institute responds to current issues in education each year. This year’s Institute, held by GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, will focus on recent research and reports from the Obama administration that too many students leave school unprepared for college and work, and too many teachers are unprepared to address the needs of students with complex barriers to learning. 

According to Dr. Carol Kochhar-Bryant, Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education and Disability Studies, and Robert Ianacone, the school’s Associate Dean for Operations and Professor of Special Education, “Many educational professionals are not prepared for the profound nature of the life experiences some students face that make them highly vulnerable, undermine their ability to learn and progress in school, and make them unable to connect with adults and peers.” 

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R.E.A.L. instruction

A brown paper bag filled with recyclables and a goal to create an art sculpture in 30 minutes fulfilled the teamwork objective for my Communications class. In small groups, students were given the task to create an art sculpture using recyclables. The result was remarkable and memorable; students were resourceful and creative. Not only did they build a robot-like sculpture called Dr. Tinright, they also worked together to accomplish a common goal. They shared ideas, listened to each other and cared for one another. Read More »

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Bullying in the girl’s world 10 action steps in the struggle against girl bullying

Relational or social agression in girls can start at a very young age and can be quite different from the typical bullying of boys. Girls can devise and direct complex social/emotional games that victimize others through exclusion or isolation, rumors, gossip, eye-rolling, putting friends against one another, sarcasm, and revealing and altering personal secrets. The social, emotional hurt that girls can often do can hurt as much, if not more, than physical bullying. This type of bullying has often been referred to as the “darker side of sisterhood.” You may have heard such statements as.... Read More »

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Strategies to improve computer access for students with disabilities

Do you have students for whom handwriting is difficult or laborious, but they seem unable to use a computer keyboard as an alternative? Do typing tutors leave them frustrated and with feelings of failure? Are there students with poor coordination unable to use a standard keyboard or mouse? Students with multiple or complex disabilities have probably received an assistive technology evaluation and have customized tools to help them. But for many other students who would like to use the computer, this article will give you some easy, and in most cases free, methods to make computer use easier and more accessible. Read More »

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Choosing the right classroom management software solution

When was the last time you taught a class or did a presentation where each member of your audience had a computer? What was your experience like? Were you so engaging that everyone in the audience ignored e-mail, games, online shopping, and texts? Or did you wonder what they were really doing while you were speaking?

With the explosion of technology in the classroom and tech savvy students, teachers are faced with a growing challenge of teaching in a 21st century classroom.

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How do we stop cheating in our high tech world?

One student is taking a picture of a test on his I-Phone to send to his buddy in the next class; another is handing in an essay he downloaded from the Internet; meanwhile yet another dozen students are cutting and pasting a lab e-mailed from a classmate.

Indeed, we have to face a simple fact about students today: as technology has evolved to provide a vast wealth of information anytime, anywhere, cheating has never been easier.

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STEM education: Focusing on the silent 'E'

Stealth, what does it mean? According to Webster, stealth means “Flying under the wire unobserved and unacknowledged.” The word has been used to describe technology, business behavior, a computer virus and even a roller-coaster. Surprisingly, the word “stealth” has also been applied to engineering in saying it is a stealth profession. But how can that be? It defies logic — as a country, it’s time we pay more attention to the silent “E” in STEM education.  Read More »

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Connection to science at the Smithsonian

Who could have guessed that a gift from an illegitimate son of an English lord would lead to the formation of the world’s most famous museum and research complexes, one that is situated in Washington DC and is visited by millions of excited visitors each year? The bequest of $580,000, a fortune when it was donated in 1846, was made by James Smithson, a member of Britain’s Royal Society. Smithson was an analytical chemist of some repute in Europe. The institution his fortune provided for was, of course, the Smithsonian Institution — its goal was the “diffusion of knowledge.” Read More »

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Preparing for excellence in Mathematics

The Challenge

Among the 13 southeastern states, 10 currently have an Algebra I graduation requirement, and two more will have one in the 2011–2012 school year. This means that every student graduating from high school will need to succeed in algebra. 

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Educating 21st century learners

Test scores confirm that America’s students are falling behind their international counterparts in vital “fields of the future” such as science, technology, engineering, and math, collectively often referred to as the STEM subjects. Girls, in particular, are underrepresented and are entering the STEM fields in disproportionately limited numbers, depriving the country of talent and ingenuity that is critical to our nation’s long-term economic standing. What can we do in the face of such a challenge? How can we prepare our students to be truly competitive in the 21st century? Read More »

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Inspiring readers one book at a time

Being a teacher is challenging. Not only do you design lesson plans and manage classroom logistics and behavior, you are expected to meet the needs of every diverse learner in your classroom. From the academically gifted to the most struggling student, you must meet the learner where they are and inspire each learner toward literacy achievement. What can a teacher do to support all students’ lifelong learning? Read More »

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Addressing food allergies at school

The number of school-aged children with a food allergy is rising, and driving a real need for comprehensive food-allergy management plans within the school setting. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in 25 children has a food allergy, and that represents an 18 percent increase among school-aged children from 1997 to 2007. In addition, about one-sixth of food-allergic children experience a potentially life-threatening reaction in school, according to a recent report in the journal Pediatrics. For schools to create management plans focused on safety, and a positive learning experience, more staff education and training are needed. Read More »

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Planning physical activity for Middle School Students

In elementary school, children have regular opportunities for physical activity, active play, and moving their bodies to expend energy. Although there have been reductions in the number of hours of physical education programs over the past several years, elementary schools generally have playgrounds with swings, composite structures, slides, and climbing components. Open areas, ideal for unrestrained physical activity are commonly centrally located on elementary school grounds. Recess and lunch periods allow the children time to engage actively. Read More »

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Jefferson County Where the free Republic began

With the beginning of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War starting in April 1861, we take a look today at the role Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia) played.

The country had been awakened in October of 1859 by the actions of John Brown and his raid on Harpers Ferry. Historians cite John Brown’s attempt to capture the federal arsenal and guns at Harpers Ferry to free the slaves as the opening salvo of the conflict. In 1881, Frederick Douglass said, “If John Brown did not end the war that ended slavery, he did at least begin the war that ended slavery. If we look over the dates, the places and men, for which this honor is claimed, we shall find that not Carolina but Virginia — not Fort Sumter, but Harpers Ferry and the arsenal — not Colonel Anderson, but John Brown, began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic.”
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Experience Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Educational programs at Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) are as diverse, imaginative, thought-provoking and entertaining as the art itself. Education plays a key role in Pfac’s mission by providing dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational programs to serve as a catalyst for creating a stronger community. Read More »

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Students ‘do’ science at the Viginia Living Museum

At the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, students experience science discoveries that simply can’t be duplicated in a school classroom.

The Virginia Living Museum is the mid-Atlantic region’s premier science education facility where science and nature really come to life. Nowhere else can your students explore all of Virginia’s physiographic regions in a day, and encounter more than 250 living native species of animals and plants exhibited in their natural habitats.
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At Busch Gardens, education is a thrill ride

Flip everything you know about learning upside down. Because when you bring your students to Busch Gardens, they get to explore a world of science, math, technology and engineering from a completely fresh perspective. Whether you’re experiencing momentum on our exciting roller coasters, meeting amazing animals up close, or discovering a taste of a foreign country at our European-themed park, Busch Gardens is a fun, hands-on learning adventure for kids of all ages. Read More »

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Norfolk Hands-on learning adventures

This season, whether during a fieldtrip or weekend stay, students who visit the port city of Norfolk, VA will find that their schoolbooks come to life. While in Norfolk, not only will they have the opportunity to learn more about history, art, science and the mysteries of the deep blue sea, but experience them as well. And have fun while doing it! Read More »

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Berkeley County Small town feel, metropolitan appeal

Just minutes from downtown Charleston, Berkeley County has become one of the great getaways for the next generation!

Mepkin Abbey

Mepkin Abbey, an active trappist monastery, is located on the plantation site of Revolutionary War Hero Henry Laurens. Laurens, a signer of the Articles of the Confederation, was held prisoner in the Tower of London and exchanged for General Lord Charles Cornwallis, the British General who laid siege to cut routes from the Port of Charleston. Mepkin Abbey now offers tours of these historic grounds, including the breathtaking formal gardens. Visitors claim words cannot express the overwhelming beauty of the Cooper River rolling by the huge oak trees and lush green land.


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What teachers say about museums

Visit a museum, open a newspaper, or log on to facebook and you will find quotations. They are used to summarize feelings, capture concepts, or make connections. In describing the variety of offerings for teachers and students at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, a glance at evaluations reveals quotations that reveal the quality and variety of programs.

“I felt that sense of empowerment that comes with experiencing and owning facts. I feel that I’ll be able to teach these topics with more conviction.”

“I feel energized! I am renewed in spirit and feel the excitement and joy I
used to feel in the classroom.”


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Biltmore’s Antler Hill Farm  The Living Science Fair and more

At Antler Hill Farm at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC students learn more than just the history of the barn. The unique setting provides opportunities for lessons in biology, physics, ecology, art, social science, history, language arts and more. The entire farm becomes their classroom and age/grade appropriate programs and specialized guided tours are provided. Read More »

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Imagination-sparking field trip destination Knowledge+Discovery=Learning

The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) is the South’s new destination for imagination, adventure, education and great field trips. The one-of-a-kind, nearly 40,000 sq. ft. facility opened its big, red doors in December 2010. The museum boasts five exciting and educational galleries that take students and teachers on a journey of learning through science and technology in the World at Work Gallery, the cultural arts in the Express Yourself Gallery, literacy in the Wild about Reading Gallery, health and nutrition in the Healthy Fun Gallery and Mississippi heritage and history in the Exploring Mississippi Gallery.

“Our museum is fun, but it is so much more than that,” said Susan Garrard, executive director of the Mississippi Children’s Museum. “We offer experiences that are sensational, inspirational and educational. We want to spark a passion for learning in all children that visit us.” Read More »

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Chattanooga Student trips fun and educational

Chattanooga, Tennessee is the perfect destination for a field trip. Voted by Southern Living magazine’s Reader Choice Awards as one of the Top Three Family Weekend Destinations in the Southeast, the “Scenic City” makes planning your trip as convenient as possible. Students will be having so much fun, they won’t realize it is educational.

The Tennessee Aquarium, the only zoo or aquarium accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, allows teachers to extend their classroom to include some of the most remote habitats on Earth. Aquarium educators provide unforgettable, standards-based educational opportunities for children of all grade levels. Best of all, the aquarium’s educational programs are offered FREE to school groups visiting the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theater or River Gorge Explorer.
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New adventures at Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta invites students to explore a world of nature, live animals, fossils, dinosaurs, archaeological artifacts, cultural objects, hands-on science, immersive film experiences on a five-story IMAX screen, and more. Permanent and special exhibitions combine with IMAX films, instructor-led auditorium programs, and pre- and post-visit activities to make lessons come alive and keep your students inspired to learn more.

There is always something new to discover at Fernbank, and the all-new children’s exhibition Fernbank NatureQuest brings the museum experience to new heights, where students are invited into a world that truly belongs to children. Students in Pre-K and elementary school can climb up a tree to an elevated rope bridge for an aerial view of the immense expedition that awaits. They’ll journey into a working clubhouse built among the towering trees and learn new ways to investigate the natural world through the roles of different scientists as they examine the roles of biologists, archaeologists, geologists and more. 
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Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum Come relive the Battle of Atlanta with the Atlanta Cyclorama Experience

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War has begun in 2011, and will be commemorated during the next four years, leading up to one of the last major battles to end the war, the Battle of Atlanta.

The Battle of Atlanta was very significant in the overall Civil War due to its potential effect on Lincoln’s re-election as president and Atlanta’s transformation into a flourishing city with a great future. As you cross the threshold of the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, you are setting foot into the pages of history. Read More »

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Real animals, real teachers, real life
Zoo Atlanta is a resource too valuable to ignore

Many students’ earliest memories of field trips are of visits to a zoo. There are recollections of bus rides charged with anticipation of seeing exotic animals, of rounding a corner and watching wildlife walk into reality from the pages of a storybook or science text. There are even sense memories based on sounds, such as an elephant’s trumpet or the chatter of monkeys navigating the treetops. Read More »

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Two exhibitions, One unforgettable teaching experience

What is the single heaviest organ in the body? How does smoke affect the color and shape of the lungs? BODIES...The Exhibition in Atlanta answers these questions, as well as provides an educational experience for teachers and students visiting the exhibition in Atlantic Station.

BODIES...The Exhibition provides students with an internal view of the human body and how it functions. It educates students on their own bodies and how to be healthy. All of the bodies on display are real specimens and it is imperative that teachers prepare their class by discussing this detail before touring. Read More »

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Reinventing the field trip Using museums to integrate interdisciplinary curricula

The school fieldtrip is an experience that perhaps all children remember. Yet in today’s climate the school field trip often falls to the wayside in the wake of standardized testing, high-stakes performance demands and the current economy. Simultaneously, there seems to be a renewed pedagogical emphasis on integrating interdisciplinary curricula and museum education professionals are realizing that they are being held to a new standard of accountability. Is the traditional field trip still significant or is it time to reinvent the practice? The experience of the past may or may not have guaranteed the accomplishment of learning objectives, it may have simply been a fun outing. However, the concept of taking students out into the “field” is still very much relevant because it remains rich in potential. One may argue that the fundamental goals of interdisciplinary instruction and museum education are seemingly symbiotic and that if educators and museum professionals seize this opportunity to revitalize school and museum collaboration, an environment will be created where students can thrive. Read More »

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Students learn the art and science of storytelling

Disney Youth Education Series takes students into Disney Parks to showcase textbook principles with real life applications. These up-close, behind-the-scenes Disney Youth Education Series field studies allow students to see how principles they’re learning in the classroom are making exciting things happen every day in the Disney Parks.

“Disney Youth Education Series Programs engage, inspire, educate and illuminate classroom learning in a magical setting,” said Tim Hill, director of special programs for Disney Destinations. “Our team of professional instructors is focused on keeping the students involved so they return home inspired to learn even more.” Read More »

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