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White House, Discovery Education Expand 'Of the People' Virtual Field Trip Series for Students Nationwide

Posted Sep 17, 2014
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The White House and Discovery Education have announced the expansion of the “Of the People: Live from the White House” virtual field trip series. Offering upper elementary, middle and high school students unique access to White House and government officials as well as subject matter experts, Of the People will bring a series of 30-minute virtual events hosted by a student and broadcast live from the White House and other special locations to classrooms nationwide. The series, which launched last year, will build upon its success for the 2014-2015 school year with topics such as civics, history, STEM and more. The first virtual field trip will commemorate Constitution Day, September 17, at 1pm ET/10 am PT.

As part of the Constitution Day observance, students will take a virtual journey through the National Archives with student host Adalia Jimenez, an 11th grader from James Hubert Blake High School in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools. During this one-of-a-kind experience, Miss Jimenez will interview the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, and ask him questions (both her own and those submitted by students) about the National Archives and its contents, as well as his role. Students will investigate how our nation’s important documents have shaped the American government and impacted the lives of millions of people. Students will also hear from a historian at the National Archives who will model a document analysis strategy with the Constitution, demonstrating the skills needed to read, write and think like a scholar. This virtual field trip allows students to experience history and explore how important documents have shaped the country, their communities and their own families.

These virtual field trips take students beyond the walls of their classroom to places that they would not normally get to experience. Each installment of the virtual field trip series reinforces critical learning concepts outlined in their subject curriculum.

All installments in this series and archives will be available on Discovery Education’s website at and will be supported with digital video and other learning tools to support student engagement.

Last year’s “Of the People” series provided students and educators with a behind-the-scenes look at the White House, its administration and events. Virtual field trip webinars addressed the history of the White House and its art, coverage of the Science Fair and the importance of mentorships, and a cultural exchange featuring First Lady Michelle Obama in China.

For more information on this webinar series and other services and learning initiatives from Discovery Education, visit

Source: Discovery Education,

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