President Obama to Connect with Students Nationwide on the Importance of Reading and Digital Literacy as Critical Skills in Latest Virtual Field Trip from Discovery Education and the White House

Discovery Education and the White House announced today that on the morning of Thursday, April 30, President Obama will connect with students nationwide on the importance of reading in the latest installment of the Of the People: Live from the White House Virtual Field Trip series. This edition, to be broadcast live from Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., focuses on improving literacy, expanding digital learning, and the ConnectED initiative’s efforts to make books and libraries more accessible to children nationwide.

Entitled “Read to Discover a World of Infinite Possibilities,” the event will feature 6th-grader Osman Yaya who will interview President Obama on his favorite books and love of reading. Yaya, a student at Wicomico County Public Schools’ Bennett Middle School in Salisbury, Md., will be joined by a live audience of students from Kramer Middle School and Brightwood Education Campus in Washington, D.C.  To register for this event or submit questions for President Obama to answer during the webinar, please click here.

Discovery Education and the White House’s Virtual Field Trip series, “Of the People: Live from the White House,” takes students behind the scenes to meet the people, places and issues that shape and inform our world. To date, participating students have experienced an inside look at the art and history of the White House with curator William Allman; a 21st century digital classroom with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; the Let’s Move! initiative and cooking lesson with Sam Kass;  a cultural exchange featuring First Lady Michelle Obama in China; and Constitution Day with Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero. Each Virtual Field Trip session is supported with digital video and other learning resources to encourage and enhance student engagement.

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