• Migrant

    Welcome to the Migrant Education Program (MEP) Department


    The goal of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to design supplemental action plans that help all migrant students overcome the educational disruption, challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems and other factors associated with a migratory lifestyle to succeed in school and successfully transition to postsecondary education or employment.

     

    The Migrant Director coordinates with each campus principal and migrant personnel to accomplish programs' goals (identify and recruit migrant students, offer early childhood education, graduate migrant students within their cohort group, involve migrant parents in their children's education, ensure credit exchange and accrual, and facilitate inter and intrastate student information.) Campus visits are conducted and documented. Provide resources, staff development, and technical assistance regarding the implementation of effective Migrant Services.

Purpose

  • The purpose of Title I, Part C is to:

    1. To assist States in supporting high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services during the school year and, as applicable, during summer or intersession periods, that address the unique educational needs of migratory children.
    2. Ensure that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the State in curriculum, graduation requirements and State academic content and student academic achievement standards;
    3. To ensure that migratory children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet;
    4. To help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to succeed in school;
    5. To help migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms.    (P.L. 114-95, Sec. 1301).

Questions & Answers

  • What are the seven areas of concerns that impact migrant students?

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    1. Educational Continuity
    2. Instructional Time
    3. School Engagement
    4. English Language Development
    5. Educational Support in the Home
    6. Health
    7. Access to services
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  • What are the eight needs of Texas Migrant Students?

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    1. Migrant first graders must develop sufficient skills for promotion to Grade 2.
    2. Migrant students who failed TAKS/STAAR must participate in summer remediation.
    3. Migrant middle school students must use learning and study skills appropriate for learning.
    4. Migrant middle school students must have timely attention and appropriate intervention related to problems or concerns that are academically and non-academically related.
    5. Migrant middle school students must have the necessary homework assistance and tools at home essential for academic success.
    6. Migrant secondary students must earn the required core credits for on-time graduation.
    7. Migrant secondary students must make up course work they lack due to late enrollment or early withdrawal.
    8. Migrant students who migrate outside of Texas in summer months must be served in summer migrant programs through the efforts of interstate coordination.
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  • Who qualifies for the Migrant Education Program?

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    To qualify for the migrant education program, a migrant child (age 3 to 21 who has not yet graduated from high school nor obtained a GED) must have moved within the past thirty-six months across school district lines with a parent, guardian, spouse, or a member of the child's immediate family to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in qualifying agricultural or fishing work. A self-eligible youth is a qualifying worker under the age of 22 traveling on his/her own or with a group of workers/crew leader. The youth is under the control of a parent or guardian during the regular school year. Furthermore, youth is not solely responsible for his/her welfare. Besides, an emancipated youth is a qualifying worker under the age of 22 traveling on his/her own and is no longer under the control of a parent or guardian and he/she is solely responsible for his/her welfare.

     

    A “migrant child” remains eligible for three years after his/her family’s last qualifying arrival date.

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  • What services are provided for Donna ISD Migrant Students?

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    • Social Services for both parents and students
    • Leadership experiences and opportunities
    • Scholarship opportunities upon graduation
    • Home-based education for 3-4-year-olds
    • Summer School for completing/recovering and advancing credits
    • Provide Teachers and/or instructional assistance at schools
    • School Supplies as needed
    • Health Vouchers
    • Parental Involvement-Parental Advisory Council
    • Drop out recovery outreach
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  • Why do migrant children need special services?

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    Migrant students have many risk factors in common with other disadvantaged students (e.g., poverty, poor health, learning disabilities), but they also face additional challenges unique to their situations (e.g., disruption of education, poor record-keeping between schools, cultural).

     

    Most school programs (including those supported by Title 1, Part C) are set up on a nine-month academic year. When migrant children move with their families, their education is interrupted, often many times a year. Some may come with large families. Their standard of living is often inadequate. Migrant farmworker families have an average annual income below the poverty level. Poor nutrition, housing, and sanitary conditions may cause a high incidence of health problems. Migrant children may have limited English skills and /or little experience with success at school. These facts, combined with irregular attendance, often lead to frustration and low academic performance, causing many migrant children to drop out in their early teens.

     

    However, migrant children can be helped to enjoy school and overcome these difficulties through the Migrant Education Program. Migrant children can achieve quality education and develop skills and options for the future, increase self-confidence and self-esteem, and contribute to the well-being of communities in which they live.

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  • What support services are offered for elementary students?

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    Each Middle School has a Migrant Strategist who works collaboratively with campus principal, assistant principals, teachers, counselors, nurses, and support staff. All supplemental services are first directed to Priority of Services (PFS) Migrant Students. The supplemental services provided to Migrant Students are:

     

    • Migrant Lab Teacher has students assigned to the classroom and provides remediation in reading, writing, and math and or grade recovery.
    • Migrant External Tutor (pending funding)
    • Migrant Strategists ensures that students are provided instructional and support services: placement into Migrant Lab, verification of grades from receiving states/other school districts, monitoring academic progress, academic advisement, analyzing individual student data, and coordination of services with migrant and non-migrant staff.
    • Before and after school tutoring
    • Grade 5 and 8 STAAR Summer School Remediation
    • Project SMART
    • School Supplies
    • Homework assistance tools: laptops, calculators, dictionaries/thesauruses
    • In-state university campus visits
    • Migrant Club focusing on leadership development
    • Migrant Parent Meetings
    • Staff Meetings
    • Social Service Referrals
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  • What campus support is offered for middle school students?

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    Each Middle School has a Migrant Strategist who works collaboratively with campus principal, assistant principals, teachers, counselors, nurses, and support staff. All supplemental services are first directed to Priority of Services (PFS) Migrant Students. The supplemental services provided to Migrant Students are:

     

    • Migrant Lab Teacher has students assigned to the classroom and provides remediation in reading, writing, and math and or grade recovery.
    • Migrant External Tutor (pending funding)
    • Migrant Strategists ensures that students are provided instructional and support services: placement into Migrant Lab, verification of grades from receiving states/other school districts, monitoring academic progress, academic advisement, analyzing individual student data, and coordination of services with migrant and non-migrant staff.
    • Before and after school tutoring
    • Grade 5 and 8 STAAR Summer School Remediation
    • Project SMART
    • School Supplies
    • Homework assistance tools: laptops, calculators, dictionaries/thesauruses
    • In-state university campus visits
    • Migrant Club focusing on leadership development
    • Migrant Parent Meetings
    • Staff Meetings
    • Social Service Referrals
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  • What campus support is offered for High School students?

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    Donna High School and Donna North High School share the Migrant Counselor. Each high school has two Migrant Strategists (one for 9th & 10th grade and one for 11th and 12th grade). The staff members work cohesively with non-migrant staff members as they supplement their work. All supplemental services are first directed to Priority of Service (PFS) Migrant Students. The supplemental services provided to Migrant Students are:

     

    • Edmentum Courseware Software Application (more than 20 courses including core content subjects)
    • Migrant/Edmentum Lab-Teacher made packets, credit-by-exams.
    • Migrant Strategists ensure that students are on course to graduate, apply to universities, verify grades with other school districts in-State & Out-State, leadership activities,
    • before and after school tutoring including Saturdays
    • Summer School Enrichment Courses
    • Migrant University Summer Experience Program
    • School Supplies
    • In-State & Out-of-State University Campus visits
    • CLOSE-UP Program - Washington D.C.
    • Migrant Club focusing on migrant students’ issues & community services
    • Migrant Parent Meetings
    • Staff meetings
    • Use of Lap-Tops, and calculators
    • Vouchers for Vision, Hearing & Dental
    • Vouchers for Texas Success Initiative Assessment
    • Clothing (Pending funds)
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