The White House and Discovery Education Expand Exclusive “Of The People” Virtual Field Trip Series

Discovery Education LogoThe White House and Discovery Education announced today the expansion of the popular “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 in this year’s series will commemorate Constitution Day, today 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.

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