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June 11, 2024
Leadership Development

How to Develop Student Leaders for a Bright Future

At WorldStrides, we are passionate about fostering student leadership. We know that students now will be leaders later, so it's important to help them develop leadership skills when they're young.

This article discusses the importance of student leadership. It also explains the qualities of a good student leader. Additionally, it offers suggestions on how to help students improve their leadership skills.

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June 7, 2024
21st Century Skills

13 Essential 21st Century Skills for Today's Students

Educators and workforce experts alike often warn that our children need improved 21st century skills in the classroom. Without these skills, they will not be able to successfully participate in the global economy. They won't be adequately prepared for college and work. But why are 21st century skills important?

It depends on who you ask. But a Hanover Research report, A Crosswalk of 21st Century Skills, sheds some light on the subject and highlights the importance of developing these skills in the classroom.

 

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June 6, 2024
Fun & Informative

Exploring American Landmarks with Horton’s Kids

In December 2023, we proudly announced our partnership with Horton’s Kids, an award-winning nonprofit that serves children and families living in Washington D.C.’s Ward 8. Now, we are so excited to be able to share an update about a recent trip we organized for 25 young students to some of the district’s most iconic monuments!

In mid-April, a cohort of students in grades 5-8 traveled a short distance from their homes to explore the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Capitol Building, and the Ronald Reagan Center accompanied by WorldStrides employee volunteers. Despite living in Washington D.C., most of the children had never had the opportunity to explore these iconic sites.

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May 16, 2024
Fun & Informative

No More Pencils, No More Books - Just 9 Ways to Celebrate the Last Days of School!

As the days get longer and warmer, every student starts counting down the days until summer vacation. The final few weeks of the school year can drag on as you desperately try to cling to your waning motivation to power through those last few assignments, labs, and finals. When you finally make it to the end, it calls for a massive celebration to mark putting another academic year in the books! Here are 9 of the best ways to celebrate the last days of school.

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May 10, 2024
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

The Teachers from Movies and TV Who Taught Us to Love Learning

There's something special about an inspirational teacher. The ones who truly make a difference – they don't just impart knowledge and assign homework. No, the best teachers are mentors in the truest sense. They spark curiosity, instill values, provide guidance, and profoundly impact their students' lives.

While we've all had our share of lackluster instructors over the years, fictional teachers in movies and TV shows often represent a beloved ideal. They remind us of the educators who made a positive imprint on us and the potential every great teacher holds. With wise words, caring wisdom, and unorthodox methods, these memorable mentors have endured as some of pop culture's most inspiring on-screen characters.

So let's celebrate the iconic made-for-TV teachers who have made us laugh, cry, and rethink everything we thought we knew about education.

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May 7, 2024
Leadership Development

The Top 7 Youth Leadership Programs of 2024

It's no challenge to be continually impressed by the growth of high-quality youth leadership programs across the globe. The importance of fostering critical leadership skills from an early age cannot be overstated, as the challenges facing us in the 21st century will require an unprecedented degree of collaborative problem-solving, ethical decision-making, and inspirational guidance from our future.

Through extensive research, consultation with expert practitioners, and evaluation of longitudinal data on program outcomes, we have identified the seven most exceptional youth leadership program offerings from around the world. Each is distinguished by an unwavering commitment to pedagogical excellence, the embrace of holistic and experiential learning modalities, and a pronounced capacity to instill transformative growth in participants.