In most schools, teachers get little support or even acknowledgment of their efforts to address students’ personal and life challenges. The BARR Model gives schools a comprehensive, intentional approach to meeting students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. Teaching becomes more purposeful, direct instruction becomes more effective, and students thrive with expanded support.

BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) helps educators better connect with their students and address the issues that cause students to fail courses, drop out, and/or engage in harmful behavior. The result: significant improvements in course credits earned, grade point averages, and standardized test scores; decreases in failure rates, suspensions, and absenteeism; and improved job satisfaction among teachers.

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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. I’m very proud that BARR was the recipient of multiple Investing in Innovation grants where we asked grantees to demonstrate real evidence of effectiveness.
— Former Secretary of Education Dr. John King

BARR Spring Conference 2017

Excellence Through Equity: The Power of BARR To Serve All Students

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BARR creates a structure and a support system so that nobody falls through the cracks.
— Teacher
There is more structure in place for me to connect more with the students ... to figure out and deal with the challenges that are going on in each of their individual lives.
— Teacher
I felt like I didn’t want to go to school, and they got me coming back.
— Student