2022 BARR National Conference Inspires 700 Educational Leaders

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Last week, 700 educators, administrators, school support organizations, and funders from across the country attended the 2022 BARR National Conference in Palm Springs, California to focus on helping each and every student succeed. 

As the nation’s leading evidence-based school improvement model, BARR brings education into the 21st century through intentionally deepened relationships and a data-driven, personalized and supportive approach. This sold-out event took place between April 27 and 28 and consisted of many dynamic, innovative and acclaimed speakers including the following on each day:

  • April 27, Day 1
    • Angela Jerabek, Founder and Executive Director of BARR Center
    • Jeffrey Cole, Director of Center for the Digital Future
    • Jon Gordon, Best-Selling Author and Speaker 
    • Kai Kight, Classical Violinist, Composer and Inspirational Speaker 
    • Panel Facilitator: Andy Rotherham, Co-Founder and Partner of Bellwether Education
      • Panel Guests: Kelly Pannek and Nicole Hensley, USA Hockey athletes
  • April 28, Day 2
    • Rae Hughart, Teach Better’s CXO
    • Alex Kajitani, Speaker & 2009 California Teacher of the Year
    • Panel Facilitator: Melody Schopp, Former South Dakota Secretary of Education
      • Panel Guest: Treopia Green Washington, Director of Special Initiatives, College of Education, Bowie State University
    • Schools Generating Evidence Panel
      • Angela Jerabek, Founder and Executive Director of BARR Center
      • Hans Bos, American Institutes for Research’s Senior Vice President
      • Dr. Beth Boulay, Abt Associates’ Principal Associate
      • Dr. Martinrex Kedziora, Moreno Valley Unified School District’s Superintendent of Schools
      • Anu Sharma, Senior Research Scientist, BARR Center

In addition to hearing from engaging speakers, attendees enjoyed student performances from several California BARR schools that were showcased. Moreno Valley High School, Banning High School and Valley View High School all had students performing in a variety of ways including dancing and singing.

“Throughout the past few years, this incredible network of educators has developed plans across the country on how to help support staff, communicate to the community, and support students and families to make sure that no student, teacher, administrator, school or community was alone,” said BARR’s Founder and Executive Director Angela Jerabek. “We were grateful for the time to celebrate these outstanding leaders who have been pivotal in building an education for a nation.” 

While there were many celebrations during the conference gathering, there was one key takeaway for educators to remember: Together, we can build something extraordinary.

Learn more at www.barrcenter.org.