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Tuesday, March 13 • 8:45am - 10:00am
Reducing Freshman Failure Rate: Skowhegan Area High School's BARR Success

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At Skowhegan Area High School (SAHS), student relationships are made paramount by utilizing the eight interconnected strategies of Building Assets Reducing Risk (BARR). Educators are able to create a structure of support that not only aids freshmen in their transition to life at SAHS, but helps them to create trusting relationships with their peers, teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents. These connections lead to academic and personal success; SAHS’s BARR model has proven to reduce the freshmen failure rate by approximately half.

In this session, presenters will focus on how they utilize BARR’s eight interconnected strategies to create structures of support for students. Specifically, presenters will discuss their school’s BARR structures to support freshmen, BARR team member roles and meeting formats, methods for utilizing a strength-based approach, and strategies for parent outreach.

By the end of this session, participants will have an understanding of the Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) basics and the highly successful programmatic implementation model utilized at SAHS with all freshmen.


Jason Bellerose

Assistant Principal, Skowhegan Area High School
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Louella Grindle

Math Teacher, Skowhegan Area High School

Daniel Riley

Guidance Counselor, Skowhegan Area High School
I am a guidance counselor for the 9th grade class and the Co-Coordinator for the BARR program

Tuesday March 13, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am EDT
556 A - Convention Center