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Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA LEADS DISCOVERY EDUCATION VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP FROM CHINA

-- Upcoming installment of “Of the People: Live from the White House” series engages students in cultural exchange --

SILVER SPRING, Md. [March 12, 2014] – Discovery Education and the White House announced today that later this month First Lady Michelle Obama will lead U.S. students in a cultural exchange with their peers in China as part of the Of the People: Live from the White House Virtual Field Trip series.  

Continuing to give students unique access to White House professionals, experts and personalities, Discovery Education will transport students into a Chinese classroom alongside the First Lady during “Exchange for a Day.” As part of her upcoming trip to China, Mrs. Obama will be interviewed by an American student studying in China and answer questions submitted by young people across the country through Discovery Education’s website. On March 25 at 1p.m. ET, Discovery Education will broadcast the interview online to students across the U.S., building cultural awareness and mutual understanding among participants.

To register for this event or submit questions for the First Lady, visit: http://www.discoveryeducation.com//Live/of-the-people-first-lady-michelle-obama-exchange-for-a-day.cfm

The First Lady is visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Chengdu, China March 19 through March 26 to continue her message of the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people across the world. She will be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share the stories of the students she meets, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture — emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.

“We are thrilled to offer U.S. students these unique learning opportunities,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education. “This Virtual Field Trip supports Discovery Education’s commitment to providing today’s students with memorable digital experiences that let them explore the world from their classroom and build the critical 21st century skills of cultural awareness and global citizenship.”

Discovery Education and the White House's Virtual Field Trip series, “Of the People,” has already provided students a special look at the art and history of the White House with curator William Allman as well as an inside look at a 21st century digital classroom with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Each Virtual Field Trip session is supported with digital video and other learning resources to encourage and enhance student engagement.

For more information on this webinar series and other services and initiatives from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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