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Meet Smithsonian Expert Dr. Stephanie Grocke

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Can scientists predict volcanic eruptions? Not yet, but Stephanie Grocke is working hard toward that goal. The volcanologist just finished her postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and will spend the next year researching volcanoes in Iceland. Dr. Grocke’s research will…

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How An 8th Grade Trip To Washington, D.C., Changed A Program Leader’s Perception of History

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Nate P., a history teacher from Colorado, is no stranger to WorldStrides. He traveled with us to Washington, D.C., and Colonial Williamsburg as an eighth grader, and is now taking groups of students on the exact same experience. Nate’s middle school trip to our nation’s capital ultimately…

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September 11 – One Story of An American Hero

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On the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11, here is a story about an American hero who is still impacting the lives of many students (and teachers) each year. For Jason, a WorldStrides Program Leader from Michigan, a chance encounter at Arlington National Cemetery…

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Meet Smithsonian Expert Chris Wilson

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The story of our democracy is written everyday by citizens – and especially by young people –  who help to shape our future with their decisions. This pivotal Inauguration will be one of those seminal moments. Chris Wilson, director of the African American History Program at…

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Spanish Teacher’s Cuba Trip Changes Students’ Perspectives

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Since the ability to travel to Cuba opened up last year, it has become a popular destination, particularly for educational travel. Spanish teacher Chad Taylor recently took 13 high school students to Cuba where they were immersed in a culture and tradition very different from…

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Meet Smithsonian Expert Jim Zimbelman

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The story of our universe can be told by its plateaus, volcanoes, crevices, and canyons. This is the work of a planetary geologist, and Dr. Jim Zimbelman does it for Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. His research in Iceland helped to inform our rich…

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Meet NECTFL Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Katrina Griffin

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Recently, we learned one of our program leaders, Katrina Griffin, was named Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. We were thrilled to learn of the honor, as we know firsthand how dedicated she is to her students and their…

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Meet Smithsonian Expert Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez

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  The art of Peruvian weaving dates back over 2000 years. It is integral to Inca culture, and, too often, it disappears with the elderly artisans who once mastered it. When you travel on our Smithsonian University Travel Program to Peru, you’ll meet Nilda Callañaupa…

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Dance Educator Beth Braun-Miscione Uses the Arts As A Springboard for Social Change

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For the past 11-years, Beth Braun-Miscione has directed the dance program at University High School in Tucson, Arizona. She also founded a powerful public health project, the Esperanza Dance Project, to support teen victims of family-based sexual violence. As one of our repeat WorldStrides travelers…

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Eighth Graders Salute Veterans before Their Washington, D.C., Trip

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Linda Goertz is well-versed in WorldStrides’ Washington, D.C., programs. This spring, Goertz, a math teacher, will take her ninth trip with eighth grade students to our nation’s capital. Her students will arrive in Washington, D.C. with a deeper understanding of the men and women behind…

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