Bartleby Program to Host Inaugural Open House

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Posted On: Monday, December 4, 2017

Exactly what does innovation in education look like? Students and teachers in the Bartleby Program at Elizabethton High School will share their answers to this question at the program’s first open house on December 7. This will close out the first semester of the pilot program and will give students and teachers an opportunity to highlight progress in class projects and their vision for growth.

The Open House will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton. It will begin with presentations by students and teachers, and then attendees will have the remainder of the morning to visit project exhibits. Light refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Light refreshments
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Student & Teacher presentations
  • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Visit project exhibits (free time to explore student exhibits)

Community and business leaders are invited as well as parents, educators, elected officials, regional school leaders, colleges and all partners of the Bartleby Program. Those interested should RSVP to Bartleby Director Terry Smith at or by calling 423-547-8015 X 1551.

This public exhibit will give students an opportunity to showcase how they are changing the educational landscape by applying state academic standards in real-world projects. This semester, in Bartleby Community Improvement Class, 17 students identified community needs, created project proposals, developed the vision, mission and goals for their projects, and planned and formulated a detailed strategy for the successful completion of their projects. They have worked a combined total of more than 3,000 hours on their projects that have improved the Elizabethton community with the support and guidance of community partners.

Current projects in the Bartleby Community Improvement Class include Downtown murals, Elizabethton Walking Tour, Tweetsie Trail Clean-up, Club Engagement at T. A. Dugger Jr. High, Book Clubs, Appalachian Trail Hostel Design, S.T.R.I.V.E. Mental Health Support Group, Bartelby Junior, Revitalizing Kiwanis Park, Downtown Signage, Veteran Assistance, Inside Out Photo Project, and more.

Next semester, 15 students will participate in the Bartleby Entrepreneurship class, in which they will plan and establish businesses that fill economic gaps. Projects in each class are unique because students and teachers identify state academic standards which they plan to learn as part of each project. For more information about Bartleby, visit, and check it out on Facebook @BartlebyProgram and on Twitter @EHSBartleby.

About the Bartleby Program

In 2016, Elizabethton High School students placed among 13 national winners for their proposal in the XQ Super School Project. They received the Student Leadership Award and $200,000 to rethink high school and develop an innovative education model that could function in public schools across the country. In 2017, the pilot program began with two classes: Community Improvement and Entrepreneurship. The vision is for the program to grow and allow students to apply higher-order thinking skills in impactful community projects while mastering state academic standards. Bartleby gives students a voice and tears down the walls between classroom and community.

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