Community invited to learn more about Bartleby at EHS open house on Monday

John Thompson • May 4, 2019 at 12:31 AM

ELIZABETHTON _ There has been a lot of publicity since 2015 about the Bartleby program at Elizabethton High School, a part of the nationwide XQ Super Schools Project to encourage thinking about how high schools should be reconfigured to meet the needs of 21st century students.

Teachers in the EHS Bartleby program describe it as a school-wide, project-based learning transformation.

Monday is a chance for people who want to know more about the program. Bartleby has invited community members to an open house at the high school on May 8 from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m.

“We want our community to know what we’re doing on a day-to-day basis and what project-based learning looks like in our schools – particularly what those outcomes look like for students,” said Maggie Donnellan, event organizer and the high school’s community partners coordinator.

The event will be led by students and features a student emcee, student presentations and project displays. Attendees are invited to walk around at their own pace, inquiring with the students about projects and classes.

In the 2018-19 school year, the school was awarded $2.3 million from the XQ Institute to design the high school of the future. At EHS, this includes a project-based learning focus across the curriculum, the addition of two iB Bartleby courses: community improvement and entrepreneurship, integrated academic coursework between related courses, new enrichment classes and more.

The transformation is inspired by a class of students’ Bartleby School proposal submitted in the 2015 XQ Super School Project. Training and direction have been provided by XQ, Buck Institute and EHS personnel and students.