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How BARR Works
Eight interconnected strategies help schools accomplish their
goals by creating intentional connections between staff and students to
address barriers to success.
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
Provide professional development
Training for teachers, counselors, and administrators
starts before implementation and continues throughout
the school year. Professional development focuses
on enhancing achievement through student-teacher
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.
Administrators receive training, ongoing coaching,
and tools to help them best integrate BARR into their
school culture and reach their school-specific goals.