Coming Back Stronger Than Ever with BARR

It’s a busy time and you may have missed our recent webinar on how BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) is helping West Virginia schools come back stronger than ever to address post-pandemic challenges such as learning loss, mental health issues, risky behaviors, substance use, and social-emotional learning. BARR is one of the most researched and proven education models in the nation, in more than 180 schools, including Nitro High School in West Virginia

Due to the number of people who wanted to attend but were unable to join our webinar due to school-related time constraints, we’ve made the recording available on-demand. Register today and learn how this innovative model is the perfect solution for creating a structure that powers intentional relationships between staff-to-staff, staff-to-student and student-to-student and creates a powerful, inclusive new normal in education.

West Virginia Webinar agenda and presentation:

For additional questions, please feel free to contact Tashina Raygor at

Meet the presenters:

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Rob Metz is the Deputy Director at the BARR Center and has over 36 years of experience in education, serving as a superintendent, high school principal, elementary principal, elementary teacher and a high school coach. As BARR’s deputy director, he supports the board of directors and facilitates Professional Learning Communities for school administrators.

Janice Eldridge, a native of West Virginia, is the Director of BARR Schools. Janice has nearly two decades of education experience as a social studies teacher, a BARR coordinator, and a BARR coach and trainer. She oversees the quality and implementation of BARR in schools as well as ensuring coaches have the feedback and resources they need to coach their schools with fidelity.

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Acadia Bender, born in Sleepy Creek, West Virginia and now residing in Martinsburg, is a BARR Program Manager. She served as a 9th grade world history teacher, a high school assistant principal, and a BARR coordinator. Acadia supports the coordination of BARR coaching and training, and supports schools in the implementation of the BARR model through professional development, unlimited virtual coaching, and frequent on-site visits.

Tom Pellegrino launched his teaching and coaching career in 1993 as a high school English teacher, later becoming a principal and then superintendent. In his current role, Tom is responsible for leading the national expansion of BARR.