A school reform model focused on creating positive and intentional relationships

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Building Assets, Reducing Risks is a social and emotional learning school reform model initially developed by Angela Jerabek in the 1990s to support student transitions into high school. Designed for use in grades 6 to 10. The model focuses on creating positive and intentional staff-to-staff, staff-to-student, and student-to-student relationships, and involves restructuring the school course schedule as well as implementing an SEL curriculum. Within this model, students share a common group of teachers in three core classes and these teacher teams are given a common preparation period, and collectively monitor student progress. Students receive a half-hour SEL class weekly focusing on a range of strengths-based topics designed to promote social and emotional development.

BARR is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs (NREPP), and named as a complementary program in the 2015 CASEL Secondary School Guide.