Most Likely to Change the World

BARR Center

Most Likely to Change the World explores how educators across the country are dramatically improving the educational system in the United States WITHOUT changing teachers or curriculum.  You will hear the real world challenges of educators and administrators from every type of school environment and learn how they overcome those challenges with a dramatic and transformative innovation that leads to stronger and healthier bonds between teachers, students, administrators, and families.

Produced in partnership with the Barr Center, Most Likely to Change the World is an exciting inspirational series that proves positive change in our school systems is possible.


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S E3: Ed Sec'y King: "Fresh Start and Second Chances"
May 25 2022
S E3: Ed Sec'y King: "Fresh Start and Second Chances"
John B. King Jr., Secretary of Education under President Obama, talks about the need to give students a fresh start."I worry about young people who are going through struggles; they lose a sense of hopefulness that it could be better, that it could be different," says King.Speaking from personal experience, King calls for educators to offer fresh starts to students: "I'm the first United States Secretary of Education that was kicked out of high school. But then there were teachers and a school counselor and family members who gave me a second chance, who were willing to see me as more than the sum of my mistakes. And that was hugely important."King also addresses the staffing shortages in schools, "Teachers feel overwhelmed because they can't support their students and families in the way they would want, and they don't have colleagues to work with them. I think education can sadly be quite isolating for some teachers where they feel like they have to do it all on their own, in their classroom. "Then we'll hear from Ed Matthews, principal of South Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Florida, discussing the impact of the BARR system on how teachers interact at South Fort Myers, eradicating the school's staffing challenges.Matthews says that prior to implementing the BARR Model, "South Fort Myers High School school used to have 12 to 15 teaching vacancies, like nonstop. We've been fully staffed all year. And in fact, a lot of our staff members have now been receiving promotions. And the only time that we're really losing people is when they're getting promoted."See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
S E2: Ed. Sec’y Spellings: "Care Enough to Find Out"
May 11 2022
S E2: Ed. Sec’y Spellings: "Care Enough to Find Out"
Margaret Spellings, the architect of the No Child Left Behind initiative, discusses the soft bigotry of low expectations and analyzes the stress COVID has put on our educational system.On the American public school system, Spelling observes, “You know, we get our crop of kids at the beginning of the school year and we shoot them out the other end and you kind of do the best we can in the middle. But it's a more factory model than individually focused.”Regarding the loss of learning that occurred during COVID, Spellings says, "The last thing we need to do is adopt the ostrich approach and give up on our kids. No, we need to triage. We need to intervene. We need to accelerate. Without clear eyed assessment and feedback and accountability, it will really underserve our students, especially those who are more disadvantaged. We need assessment because we need to care enough to find out how students are doing. "Also joining the podcast is Gene Roundtree, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools in the Boston School District. Mr. Roundtree discusses the impact the BARR system has on individualizing our relationships with students, “A lot of times these conversations used to happen at the end of the term, after the kids had already failed the class. Utilizing the BARR process meant that we weren't waiting until the end of the term to look at data and outcomes, and then plan interventions and changes. We were looking at it like right from the first month of the school year. "Adds Mr. Roundtree, "Over the course of the year, you know, we actually had a really drastic reduction. We had a 25% reduction in course failures in the ninth grade after our first year."See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at