Building Assets Reducing Risks
What is BARR?
Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) is a strength based education model originally created to help students manage the transition to high school. The two fundamental pillars in BARR are (1) creating positive, intentional relationships and (2) using real-time student data in collaborative problem solving settings to guide instructional action.
What are the Goals of BARR?
The model seeks to help youth succeed in school by increasing the overall health of students and by achieving the following goals:
1. Students are earning ALL course credits toward graduation (reduced academic failure).
2. Students are earning high achievement scores
3. Students are becoming more engaged in learning.
4. Students are reducing adverse effects of alcohol and other drugs.
5. Teachers are increasing their effectiveness.
Skyline HIgh School
Established in 2019
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What does this look like?
There are 8 different strategies of BARR. Each strategy fits together like a puzzle to help your student.
1. Focus on the Whole Student.
2. Provide Professional Development for teachers, counselors, and administrators.
3. Use BARR's I-Time Curriculum to foster a climate of learning.
4. Create cohorts of students.
5. Hold regular meetings of the cohort teacher teams.
6. Conduct Risk Review Meetings.
7. Engage families in student learning.
8. Engage administrators
What does BARR look like at Skyline?
First, Skyline High School is the first school in the state of Arizona to implement this program. We are excited to be apart of the BARR family and to support our students with a higher level of excellence. This program will affect all Freshman students only. 2019 was the first year we implemented the BARR program. Our staff and administrators will work closely with BARR coaches to ensure the program is being executed with fidelity.
How will each strategy be addressed? Teachers will be interacting with students on a different level. We will be focusing on the whole student, not just the academic areas.
One big difference from previous years at Skyline is that Freshman Students will be grouped together on teams. Within these teams, teachers will be teaching weekly I-Time lessons that focus on the social-emotional needs of each child. I-Time is a strength-based, relationship-focused curriculum. Teachers from these teams will meet weekly to discuss each student in the team. Administrators will also be involved in these meetings.
Engaging families in student learning is another strategy within the BARR program. Once a quarter we will be having our Freshman Parent Advisory Council.
Check out the following resources for more information.