Rural School Innovation Webinar: Parents as Teachers

Last Updated: June 17, 2012

The featured innovation of this Rural School Innovations Series Webinar from June 2012 was Parents as Teachers, and focused on the i3 "Improving Educational Outcomes for American Indian Children" project, named BabyFACE.

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The vision of Parents as Teachers is that all children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential. We achieve this vision through our mission of providing the information, support, and encouragement that parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

The i3 "Improving Educational Outcomes for American Indian Children" project, named BabyFACE, provides services to high-needs Native American children ages prenatal to 3 years and their families. Its goal is to improve educational outcomes for children from birth through 3 years and is supported by evidence from prior evaluations with various populations.

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, please register for this free webinar. Rural School Innovation Network (RSIN) members and i3 rural priority grantees are especially encouraged to participate.

Opening Remarks:

  • Robert Mahaffey, Communications Director, Rural School and Community Trust
  • Arthur Mallory, Parents as Teachers Board Member and former Missouri Commissioner of Education


  • Maggie Probert, Parents as Teachers, Development Director
  • Marsha Gebhardt, Parents as Teachers, BabyFACE Project Director
  • Judy Pfannenstiel, Senior Research Associate, Research and Training Associates, Inc.

Questions? Send an email to, or contact Robert Mahaffey at, (202) 822-3919 x117.

About the Series
This is the fifth in our 2011–2012 series focusing on rural school innovations. Our goal is to bring to you a number of innovations that have proven successful in rural places and especially to highlight those innovations that are authentically rural and have made substantial adaptations to rural needs and interests. Read about past webinars, view presentations, and listen to audio at