Last Updated: February 28, 2013
The STAR School's vision is to create a joyful learning community in which members develop the character, skills and attitudes for understanding themselves, living in balance and providing service to all relations. As in many rural communities, especially those where cultural traditions and sustainable economies have been disrupted, children were arriving at kindergarten without all the skills they needed, often a year and a half behind in math and reading. That led the school to the idea of starting a pre-kindergarten program. This innovative approach was supported by research indicating that early math achievement was more predictive of future school success than reading achievement.
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 may be interested in accessing this free webinar. Rural School Innovation Network (RSIN) members and i3 rural priority grantees are especially encouraged to access this archived presentation.
About the Series
This was the sixth in our 2012–2013 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 www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?tag=756.
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