See Each Student as a Person Not Just a Number

Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) is a whole-school model for grades 6-12 that provides schools with a comprehensive approach to meeting students' academic, social and emotional needs.

Schools using BARR are seeing RESULTS!

-Reduced achievement gap

-Increased course passing rate

-Increased graduation rates
-Higher standardized test scores in reading
 and math

-More AP and IB tests taken

-Fewer suspensions

-Lower absenteeism




Focus on the whole student
Educators work to build students' strengths and proactively address nonacademic reasons why students fall behind in school as well as what they need to thrive. Every discussion with or about the student includes a 360-degreee perspective.
Provide professional development for staff
Training for teachers, counselors, and administrators starts before implementation and continues throughout the school year. Professional development focuses on enhancing achievement through student-teacher relationships.
Use I-Time Classroom Curriculum to foster learning
I-Time is an interactive weekly lesson taught by core teachers where students work together to strengthen their social and emotional skills, including communication and goal setting. They also work on discussing sensitive issues such as grief, substance use, and bullying.
Create cohorts of students
Groups of students take core courses (typically math, English, and science or social studies) together as a cohort. Each cohort is assigned to a team of teachers to cultivate connections and enhance learning relationships.
Hold regular teacher team meetings
Teachers in a cohort meet weekly for a 360-degree discussion about each student in the cohort. Teacher teams identify student strengths and any interventions a student might need.
Conduct Risk Review meetings
A Risk Review team meets regularly to discuss strategies for students who need more support than the cohort teacher teams can provide. This team identifies and coordinates additional internal or external resources that can best help students thrive.
Engage families in student learning
With BARR, families become active partners in helping students be their best. Teachers call and meet with parents and other family members regularly, and parents are invited to join an advisory council.
Engage administration
Administrators receive training, ongoing coaching, and tools to help them best integrate
BARR into their school culture and reach their school-specific goals.


Change How You Do School in Just Three Years

The BARR model is available as a three-year package that includes training, coaching, implementation materials, classroom curricula, professional development and more.

Click here, for a BARR implementation timeline and a sample I-Time classroom activity.

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BARR Makes an Impact

Learn more about BARR


Building Assets, Reducing Risks Video

What is BARR?

Professional Webinars
October 2016


How Can My School
Fund BARR?

Federal Grant Programs
Aligned with BARR

Better Results

How Do I Know BARR Works?

Tools for Your Staff

Building Assets Reducing Risks
Complete Curriculum

A School Improvement Model
for Grades 6-12

Building Assets Complete


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