RACHEL Virtual Class
Overcome the limitations of travel with video! The Hermitage proudly offers the Reinforcing American History through Electronic Learning Virtual Class initiative, RACHEL.
Teachers who face prohibitive transportation costs, limited classroom time or geographic limitations can participate in an online, interactive education program led by The Hermitage’s education department.
Award-Winning Video Classes
The Hermitage RACHEL initiative received the 2011-2012 Pinnacle Award by the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration for excellence in presenter effectiveness and educational content.
Ask an Andrew Jackson Expert
Arrange some time for your educators to connect with educators from The Hermitage for a virtual Q&A session about how to teach Jackson or the Jacksonian Era. Our educators are available for 30-minute sessions for you to ask questions or see the video technology in action to decide if the RACHEL Virtual Class is the right fit for you.
Students working on a Jackson-related project or paper may also reserve time to chat with a Hermitage educator.More Info
Program overview for educators — Free
Standard connection — $75
Five class package — $300
30-minute Q&A session — $20Request a Class
The Corrupt Bargain Grades 4-12
Drama! Intrigue! Scandal! The Presidential election of 1824 was the most hotly-contested election in early American history. The Corrupt Bargain takes an interactive look at the election that questioned whether our country is a democracy or a republic. Students will be able to see a revolutionary nation come into its own.
The Importance of Andrew Jackson Grades 4-12
There is plenty of debate about where Andrew Jackson ranks among the presidents and their impact on our nation, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest Jackson was one of our most important presidents. Examine the life and legacy of Andrew Jackson and how he still matters today.
When Andrew Jackson was elected President of the United States in 1828, he promised to reform the government. His first target was the Bank of the United States, whose constitutionality was uncertain. In a protracted battle over a national banking system, Jackson reshaped not only the nation’s economy but also the role of the office of the president.
Slavery at The Hermitage Grades 4-12
At the peak of The Hermitage’s success as a farm, Andrew Jackson owned about 150 slaves. How did one become a slave? How could widespread slavery happen in a country built on freedom? What was life like for a slave at The Hermitage? Students will discuss these questions and make a beaded bracelet in memory of the enslaved.
Trail of Tears Grades 4-12
The removal of Native Americans from the East to the West is one of the darkest chapters in United States history. Students examine this event in the context of the founding of our nation to see how our citizens and government interacted with Native Americans. Students will learn not only how Native American removal happened, but why.
Using an internet-based video connection, Hermitage educators will lead your class through images, audiovisual content, and discussion to produce a dynamic, robust Jackson education.
Polycom or Tandberg video conferencing hardware is preferred, but if unavailable, we can provide another solution.
If there are connection problems beyond your control (snow days, power failure, network issues), we will reschedule with no additional charge.