Pres. Obama to Address Students

President Barack Obama to Make Historic Speech to America’s Students 

 C-SPAN and White House Web Site to Broadcast Speech Live  Speech Scheduled One Hour Earlier to Noon Eastern Time 

 

On September 8, 2009, history will be made. Will you be a part of it?

 

At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. (Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled time.) During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

The U.S. Department of Education encourages students of all ages, teachers, and administrators to participate in this historic moment by watching the president deliver the address, which will be broadcast live on the White House Web site www.whitehouse.gov and on C-SPAN at 12:00 p.m., ET. We also encourage educators to use this moment to help students get focused and inspired to begin the new academic year. The speech is expected to last about 15 minutes.

 

 

The Department of Education offers educators a menu of classroom activities—created by its teachers-in-residence, the Teaching Ambassador Fellows—to help engage students in the address and stimulate classroom discussions about the importance of education.

To learn more, please see the following:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Classroom Activities (Pre-K – 6)

Classroom Activities (7 – 12)


To further encourage student engagement, the U.S. Department of Education is launching the “I Am What I Learn” video contest.  On September 8, we will ask students to respond to the president’s challenge by creating videos, up to two minutes in length, describing the steps they will take to improve their education and the role education will play in fulfilling their dreams. 

Please encourage all students age 13 and older to create and upload their videos to YouTube by October 8.  Submissions can be in the form of video blogs, public service announcements (PSAs), music videos, or documentaries. Students are encouraged to have fun and be creative with this project!  The general public will then vote on their favorites to determine the top 20 finalists.  These 20 videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The panel will choose three winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 cash prize. 

Starting this Friday, you can visit www.ed.gov/iamwhatilearn to find out more.   


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

  1. When will the president deliver his address?

President Obama will speak to the students of America at 12:00 p.m., ET on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. (Note that this is a change from the time originally scheduled.)7-12.pdf

 

  1. How can I watch the president’s address to students?

Viewers may watch the address via the Internet by visiting the White House Web site, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/, where the address will be streamed live.

C-SPAN, the cable public affairs network, will cover the president's speech live on its C-SPAN television channel and provide live streaming video online at C-SPAN.org. The speech also will be aired live on C-SPAN Radio (90.1 FM in Washington, D.C., and channel 132 on XM Satellite Radio).

White House television will make the address available via satellite for access by local broadcast outlets and school districts.  The satellite feed will be live for testing and calibration beginning at 11am ET on September 8th using the following coordinates: 

  • Galaxy 28/Transponder 17, Slot C (9 MHz)
  • Uplink Frequency 14344.5 Horizontal
  • Downlink Frequency 12044.5 Vertical

For updates related to the president’s speech, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/mediaresources/ or www.ed.gov.

 

  1. What is the duration of the president’s address?

The president is scheduled to speak for 15 – 20 minutes. The U.S. Department of Education provides resources for educators who may choose to use the president’s address as a teachable moment. Two menus of classroom activities, one for students in grades Pre-K – 6, and another for students in grades 7 – 12, may be found here:

Classroom Activities (Pre-K – 6)

Classroom Activities (7 – 12)  


  1. Does the White House Web site have the capacity to host all of the potential live viewers for this event?

The White House Web site is equipped with the appropriate amount of bandwidth to accommodate a large viewership.    

 

        5.   Will the address be available in some form after the original broadcast date and time?

Downloadable video of the speech will be made available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/mediaresources/ as   well as on www.ed.gov.   C-SPAN.org will provide archived and “on-demand” viewing options.

 

  1. Will the address include captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers?

The live address broadcast on C-SPAN will include captioning.

 

  1. Is the “Get Schooled” television event in the evening on Sept. 8 hosted by the Viacom network and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation connected to the president’s speech? 

While the U.S. Department of Education is a partner in this effort, the president’s noontime address is a separate event.  Get Schooled is a five-year national platform developed by Viacom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that connects, inspires, and mobilizes people to find effective solutions to education challenges. The initiative provides resources, information, and creative programming aimed at engaging a range of audiences in an effort to address America's education crisis. A television event, Get Schooled: You Have the Right, formally kicks off the "Get Schooled" initiative at 8:00 p.m., ET on Sept. 8.

 

 

This is not a NEA event, but the NEA has been asked to work with the White House and teh DOE to both promote this event – and – to create materials that will support student participation. NEA is one of a half-dozen or so organizations that are making suggested “classroom activities” available. To go directly to the materials NEA is providing to support this activity – folks should be directed to www.nea.org/backtoschool

This will be the first time any U.S. President has undertaken such an ambitious outreach effort to speak directly to America’s young people.

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