Episode 34 – Building a High School for Change Making with Randy Bartlett

On this episode, we speak with Dr. Randy Bartlett on his project of creating a new progressive independent high school named City of Bridges in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Randy is the founder and will serve as Head of School when the school opens in the Fall of 2019. He has three core values at the forefront of the school’s development real work project-based learning, peace and justice, and student agency. Randy shares why a new high school is needed in the Pittsburgh community and why change making is an essential education component.

Core Values

The City of Bridges School will:

Have real work project-based learning as a cornerstone of its educational offerings;

Be explicit in enacting the values of peace and justice within and outside of the community;

Have the student voice and agency in all major decisions related to the operations and curriculum.


Dr. Randy Bartlett, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Head of School-Humanities Teacher

Randy has been working in education and non-profit organizations for two decades. He has been a teacher in small rural schools like the Acworth Center School, a school principal at Propel East and Propel Montour, a designer of the project based Andrew Street High School, a Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Data and A Senior Director of Research, Reporting and the Arts. He designed and directed the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corp and teaches graduate students on their path to becoming teachers at Chatham University. He has served as the president of the Board of Trustees for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, and as a curriculum consultant for The Sprout Fund.

Most importantly he is a father, husband, a seeker of new experiences and a joyfully curious learner.

Randy has a BA in History and Religion from Oberlin College, a M.Ed. in Integrated Learning from Antioch University New England, a post-masters certificate in Educational Leadership from Keene State College and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

A utopian at heart, he believes that enriching learning opportunities and supportive communities can transform our world


Randy Barlett Contact: randy@cityofbridgeshighschool.org

City of Bridges High School Website: www.cityofbridgeshighschool.org

City of Bridges High School Donations Site:  http://cityofbridgeshighschool.org/donate/


Jerrid is an entrepreneur, educator, and change agent with a passion for assisting others in becoming the best versions of themselves. He has over 15 years of experience in leadership development, social entrepreneurship, higher education, organization innovation, and change management. A recent graduate of the Leadership and Change Doctoral program at Antioch University, Jerrid also, has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Florida State University and two Bachelor Degrees in Management and Marketing from the University of North Florida. Carl Jung said... "People are in a constant state of becoming", Jerrid believes it is his mission to inspire people and organizations to become their best.

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