Same Students.
Same Teachers.
Better Results.

An educational model 100% committed to building something extraordinary.

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The number of students who have benefited from BARR
The BARR model has been proven to create statistically significant impacts in 19 areas of academic performance and outcomes for students, teachers, and schools.
On average, large urban schools see a 40% reduction in failure rate after one year of BARR.

Who We Are

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We are a strengths-based educational model that provides schools with a comprehensive approach to meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students through the power of data and relationships.

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What We Do


BARR is a transformative model that ensures each and every student succeeds by prioritizing relationship-building.

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Real Results


We say we’ve never failed, and we mean it. We have a 100% success rate with improving student outcomes, in schools of all shapes and sizes.

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BARR gives educators the tools to work together to better understand and build on students’ strengths, proactively address the non-academic reasons why they may fall behind in school and identify what they need to thrive within and outside the classroom.

The BARR model reflects the conviction that all students can excel regardless of race, zip code, or family income when they are provided with the right supports.

In education, unfortunately there is a lot of emphasis on deficits. We’re always trying to figure out how to help students with their deficits. The BARR model flips that on its head. It asks, what are students good at and how can we connect with them?


National Public Radio visits St. Louis Park High School and digs in on the BARR model’s outcomes in schools across the country.

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IB Matters Podcast Features BARR Center

After IB Matters host Jon Peterson heard that South St. Paul Public Schools became the first BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) and …

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The Future of Education in a Post-COVID-19 U.S.

On December 15th, BARR Center hosted a fireside chat about what the pandemic has revealed and how relationships and data help address …

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BARR Presents Internationally About Importance of Relationships

This fall, the BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) team was invited to present internationally as part of the Teaching Times Masterclass Webinar …

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Achieving the Impossible

There is no shortage of stories about the tenuous state of schooling in this country. It’s safe to say that this year …

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Students are falling behind in online school. Where’s the COVID-19 ‘disaster plan’ to catch them up?

BARR’s Founder and Executive Director Angela Jerabek was quoted in a USA TODAY article about the importance of assessing and surveying students …

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