Migrant Education Resources
While partner projects among distant sites of migrant worker families have been implemented for several decades, on-line Internet schools seem especially suited to promoting learning continuity among this target group.
Migrant Education is a federally funded program authorized through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 designed to provide supplementary educational and support services to identified migrant students.
The Migrant Education Program Region IX is administered through the San Diego County Office of Education and serves students in Orange and San Diego Counties. In 2016, Region IX has a cumulative enrollment of approximately 11,500 students (ages 3 to 21) in 56 school districts across both counties.
Pennsylvania's Migrant Education Program (PA-MEP) is a federally funded program that supplements educational support services for migratory children.
Programs like PA-MEP assists school districts and charters in coordinating the continuity of educational services for children who have had their schooling interrupted. In this case, PA-MEP provides formula grants to state educational agencies to establish or improve education programs for migrant children.
The US Department of Education's Web site shows many model programs and resources for Migrant Education.
For an example of regional migrant education resources, check out BigSky. It has received a grant to build a corpus of links and is seeking help in expanding this database.
Many states and even counties have special resources and initiatives for Migrant Education. Check to see what program(s) are available at your state or county level.
Project SMART in Kingsville, Texas addressed the well-established barrier to learning among migrant worker families, instructional discontinuity. SMART served schools in the 20 key states in which migrant families work during the summer before returning to Texas schools sometime in the fall as well as Texas locales at which these families may live on and off during the summer months. High school courses for credit and home learning were the two major program components.
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