Rural School Innovations Webinar: Search Institute's "Building Assets-Reducing Risks"

Last Updated: March 15, 2011

Search Institute's "Building Assets-Reducing Risks (BARR) Program: Replication and Expansion of an Effective Strategy to Turn Around Low-Achieving Schools" was the focus of the second Rural School and Community Trust's 2010-2011 Rural School Innovations Webinar Series.

Hosted by Doris Terry Williams, Executive Director, Rural School and Community Trust, this webinar was held March 16, 2011.

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Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization committed to helping create healthy communities for every young person. The mission of Search Institute is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. Search is best known for identifying "The 40 Developmental Assets" — a set of common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.

Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, Search's "Developmental Assets" framework has become one of the most widely used approaches to positive youth development in the United States.

Featuring practical innovations being implemented in rural schools, webinar presenters include select i3 grantees that claimed a rural competitive preference and received matching grant support from the Rural School and Community Trust. Panelists focused on the opportunities, obstacles, and challenges they face in transforming rural education.

If you are a rural educator or an aspiring educator, community-based activist, policy analyst, faith-based organization, or education advocate for underserved and rural children, you won’t want to miss this series. Rural School Innovation Network (RSIN) members and i3 rural priority grantees are especially encouraged to participate.

Questions? Send an email to, or contact Robert Mahaffey at, 202-822-3919.