Rural School Innovations Webinar: The STAR School

Last Updated: January 16, 2013

Northern Arizona's STAR School and its 3-to-3rd Math Project was the focus of the sixth Rural School and Community Trust webinar in the 2012–2013 Rural School Innovations Webinar Series.

Hosted by Robert Mahaffey, Director of Communications, Rural School and Community Trust, this webinar was held Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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The STAR School serves students in pre-school through grade 8 who live in the Southwest corner of the Navajo Nation and the surrounding rural area. The STAR Model of Early Math Education is a combination of strategies beginning in preschool that effectively and reliably assure that low-income Native American children enter school at or above grade level, and then continue that success through grade 3.

This webinar discussed the research behind the STAR 3-to-3rd Project and highlighted the training films which show other schools serving rural, low-income students how educators can implement this innovative program.

Opening Remarks:

  • Robert Mahaffey, Communications Director, Rural School and Community Trust
  • Dr. Doris Terry Williams, Executive Director, Rural School and Community Trust


  • Dr. Mark Sorensen, Director/Principal, The STAR School, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Dr. Derek Price, Associate Professor, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Read more about the Star School at

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

About the Series
This is the sixth in our 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