Migrant Education Program (MEP) - Resources
IDENTIFICATION & RECRUITMENT:
Identification of families for the Migrant Education Program is essential. Identifying families that may qualify for Migrant services is done through the eight local programs via Educational Recruiters. The recruiter identifies families by getting in touch with their local schools, contacting employers that work in an agricultural-related field or through word of mouth. Recruiters meet with the families to discuss whether they qualify for the Migrant Education Program. Families can qualify if they work in an agricultural-related field or if they intended to work in an agricultural-related field. However, if a family has been in the area for longer than 36 months they do not qualify for the Migrant Education Program.
For additional information please download the Migrant Education Program Recruitment Manual 2003
Health services are an essential part of the Migrant Education Program, which plays a very important role in the success of the Migrant Student. The Migrant Education Program allocates approximately $195,000.00 to provide health services. The services may include dental, vision and medical or sealants, dental cleaning and minor/major medical services.
PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC)
The state level PAC serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Migrant Education. Their advice assists the Director in making decisions to improve the program. The PAC meets a minimum of three times a year. Meetings for the PAC provide information as well as professional development. The meetings are held at various sites throughout the state. This is done to accommodate all of the six programs. The PAC is made up of one representative from each program. A chair and a secretary are elected every year during the spring and serve for one year. Program staff or community member can be part of the state PAC. However, only parents that participate can vote on issues. The PAC can and does play a critical role in the effectiveness of the Migrant Education Program. Therefore, Migrant Education staff needs to provide and maintain a quality professional development program as well as maintain the PAC as a credible and viable vehicle for Migrant Education success.
Information and Dissemination:
The goal of this component is design, develop, and disseminate information to enable educators to meet the educational needs of the binational migrant child, to help them Identify a pedagogical model that specifically addresses the instructional needs of the binational migrant child.
Transfer Document: Elementary (1-6) Secondary (7-9):
The major focus of the Binational Program is to develop, revise and promote the use of the Transfer Document. The Document provides the student his/her grades so that he/she may enroll in school when he/she returns to Mexico. The students credits are accepted, thus, the student is placed appropriately. Parents need to notify the schools when they are going to leave to Mexico so that the school has ample time to complete the document. The student needs to provide a transfer document when he/she returns to the U.S. The Binational Program can retrieve student’s grades through a request for transcripts form that has been developed by the Binational Program and has been accepted by the U.S. and Mexico’s Binational Program.
This document is to be utilized for those students who are departing the United States and are returning to Mexico to enroll in an elementary school.
The goal of the teacher exchange is to learn about both educational systems so that we can implement educational programs to better meet the needs of the migrant binational child. The Binational Teacher Exchange Program (BTEP) is designed to provide a cultural and educational exchange to benefit binational migrant students in the U.S. as well as expertise to educators serving binational students.
These direct experiences among exchange teachers result in a better understanding of the cultural, educational, and linguistic diversity of Mexico and the U.S.
Culture and Education Resources:
Mexico’s Secretary of Public Education and the Secretary of Foreign Relations through the Mexican Cultural Center have provided us with 39 sets of content area texts (1-6 grades) that they use in their national curriculum. These books have been distributed to all the local Migrant Ed. programs in Colorado so that they may be used with migratory students or during summer school. Colorado schools have also received information on how to solicit these free instructional content area textbooks.
As part of the Free Textbook Distribution Program, Mexico’s Secretary of Public Education and the Secretary of Foreign Relations (through the Mexican Cultural Center) have provided Colorado with resource books for 1-6 grades, that are used for Mexico’s national curriculum, to be a resource for binational students.
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