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Overton Bobcats see Ms. Cureton to sign up for this year's Project Expo

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The Overton Project Expo is racing towards us. But what’s the Overton Project Expo? This is where student engage in Project Based Learning (PBL) in class where students go through a long process of question, problem, or challenge.

Not only does this help students practice 21st Century Skills in preparation for college and career such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking but also it is a great resume builder!

Students from Pre-K to seniors in high school have an opportunity to demonstrate their depth of understanding of a favorite core subject  confidence and ability in talking what he or she has learned with a broad audience.

JOHS will be hosting the school-based Student Project Expo on Friday, January 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is still time to sign up your project for evaluation.

Why participate? Why are Project Expos important?

One of the essential design elements in the Gold Standard of the Project Based Learning (PBL) model is creating a “public product.”

The goal is for the work that students do to be authentic and meaningful. Events like Project Expo, both at the school level and at the district level are important because of the pride students feel when teachers and community members take the time to stop in and check out what they’ve done.

When people take the time to ask questions about what a student has learned, and a student can articulate not only the learning but also the “why” behind their learning and the products they have to share, it’s a special moment. Students enjoy showing and demonstrating that they have learned something on a deep level.

Selected participating groups will be invited to present their hard work at a district-wide expo in February where students will have the potential to earn college scholarships.

Wish your fellow Bobcats luck, this is a great opportunity for them!


  • If you’re interested in hosting your own project expo, here are some tips from the Nashville pros:

Message early and often to all stakeholders.

Make sure that teachers and students know what “Gold Standard PBL” looks like.

Engage the community! Use them as judges and volunteers.

Encourage schools to have a site-based Expo before sending project teams to the district Expo.

Brand PBL! Then market the heck out of it.

Pre-determine your space and share criteria with teachers and students.

Train your judges. Make sure they all know how to give helpful, kind, and specific feedback and understand the rubric criteria.

Engage all stakeholders in the process (e.g., school board members, central office, administrators, teachers, students, parents, business partners and community members)

Utilize social media to celebrate the learning taking place throughout the year.

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