Districts, Schools and Educators
Migrant children come to the migrant education program (MEP) with many assets such as bilingualism and cultural adaptability, among others. They also arrive facing language, cultural, social, health, transportation and educational barriers resulting from the mobility of the migrant lifestyle. Migratory students are also at a higher risk of dropping out of school.
The Educational Role of the MEP
Considering all of the barriers migratory children face, it is the MEP’s role and responsibility to develop and implement engaging programming that effectively addresses Minnesota’s measurable program objectives (MPOs), state content and English language development standards, and credit recovery requirements, during a short-term summer program.
The Minnesota MEP
The Minnesota MEP offers programming in several districts in the regions of the state most populated by families identified as qualifying for migrant education services. The programs run each summer for about six to eight weeks, depending on the site. The MEPs use innovative instructional strategies that not only engage students but also meet the MPOs and educational standards expected of all students. Some ways programs achieve this goal include bringing in outside guests to train staff or guest educators to make the curriculum come to life. Field trips and service-learning projects connect the classroom to real life experiences. Incorporating technology puts the world at students’ fingertips.
LEGO Robotics – available through MMERC’s online catalog (click on “Midwest Migrant Education Resource Center” to access the catalog)
Classroom Energizers – University of Minnesota Extension
The Sheridan Story – organization fighting child hunger
Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota – Promote healthy living, learn lifelong skills, free resources
Suggested Web Resources
NASDME – National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education
MinneTESOL – professional association of teachers of English as a Second Language in Minnesota and neighboring states dedicated to the education and support of students acquiring English at all levels of public and private education.
Additional Minnesota Department of Education Resources
Migrant Secondary Manual – PDF (contact Lidibette Guzman for a copy)