The BARR Model

The BARR model uses eight interlocking strategies that build intentional relationships, utilize real-time data, and enable schools to achieve concrete academic, social and emotional outcomes for all students.


Strategy One

Focus on the whole student

In every interaction with students (or discussion about students), educators address students’ academic, emotional, social, and physical needs.

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Strategy Two

Provide professional development for teachers, counselors, and administrators

BARR educators participate in in-person trainings yearly and receive remote and in-person coaching throughout the school year.

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Strategy Three

Use BARR’s I-Time Curriculum to foster a climate for learning

I-Time is a thirty-minute weekly lesson facilitated by the cohort’s core-subject teachers which helps students build strong relationships with teachers and each other.

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Strategy Four

Create cohorts of students

Students take a group of courses as part of a cohort with shared core-subject teachers.

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Strategy Five

Hold regular meetings of the cohort teacher teams

BARR teachers meet weekly to discuss each student in the cohort’s performance at a very granular level with a focus on identifying strengths, fostering relationships, and engaging with students more deliberately.

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Strategy Six

Conduct risk review meetings

The most at-risk students are moved into a structured risk-review process that engages the community to determine the most effective response.

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Strategy Seven

Engage families in student learning

BARR improves communication with families and makes them active partners.

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Strategy Eight

Engage administrators

Administrators are trained in how to integrate BARR into their school culture and use it to reach their specific goals and highly engaged in the implementation of the model.

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