Building Assets, Reducing Risks

Great teaching and learning begins with understanding each student as a learner and as a person.

The BARR Model

BARR uses eight interlocking strategies that facilitate real, meaningful relationships between adults and students.


Real Results

BARR has quietly become one of the most consistently-proven models for school success, with real results in schools big and small, urban and rural; schools in need of turnaround and those ready to make the leap from good to great.

We know there are no silver bullet solutions, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, but we can create systems where we carefully reflect on what we see in our students, we use what we’re learning from our work with our students to inform continuous improvement and practice. And that’s the spirit behind the work that BARR has done.
— Former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
former education secretary john b. king, jr. READS TO STUDENTS 

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2018 Conference

BARR allows our students to have an identity and they have a team of teachers who know their story.
— Emily Shaw, Principal, Hemet High School, CA
Every student is discussed every week. We have students here who tell us everyone knows about them! Kids will say, ‘Why is the science teacher asking them about their English paper?’ So the students know and recognize very quickly that it’s all-in for all kids.
— Jim Boothby, Superintendent, Bucksport, ME
BARR, to me, is the program that is there for you. They’re watching if you need help. If you’re falling they’ll help to try to catch you.
— Jonny, 9th Grade Student, Hemet High School, CA