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Migrant Education ¿Qué Onda?

Dramatic increases in the Hispanic student population present local school districts with the challenge of educating large numbers of native Spanish speakers. As this population grows, it appears to be safe to say that all educators will eventually have contact with these students. School personnel and administrators who recognize and understand the unique strengths and challenges these students bring to the classroom, and the educational strategies that best meet their needs, are keys to their success in school.

In the interest of academic success for all our students, SOESD's Migrant Education/ELL (English Language Learner) Department, commonly known as Migrant Ed., offers a unique variety of trainings to school personnel serving Hispanic ELL students. Migrant Ed. also provides direct services to migrant students and their families.

According to the Oregon Department of Education's 2003-2004 dropout report, the statewide dropout incident rate for Hispanics was 9.8%, over twice the 4.6% overall dropout rate, and well beyond the 3.8% dropout rate for white students. In Jackson County, the Hispanic dropout rate is at 16%. These statistics illustrate the need for the immediate and sustained academic interventions that Migrant Ed. provides for Latino students throughout our region.

Like other SOESD Programs, the ELL Department receives funding through resolution funds, which allow us to provide trainings to school personnel, such as Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), interpreter/translator training, ELL assessment, and cultural competency. Trainings are developed according to individual district or school staff needs, and are designed to support districts in addressing and reversing low ELL school achievement.

Unlike other SOESD programs, Migrant Ed. also is federally funded through Title 1C, which mandates that we provide direct services to the entire region’s migrant students, ages 3-21. Many of these students experience repeated disruption in their educational attainment, as their parents move frequently to follow jobs in agriculture.

Of the 1,200 migrant children and young adults who live in Jackson County, 780 are currently enrolled in area schools. With a staff of eight, Migrant Education offers an effective variety of direct services to these migrant students and their families:

Recruitment
One recruiter and one home-school consultant work continuously to identify and track migrant families, and to help them access community services as needed.

SOU Tutors
Each term, Migrant Education places tutors from Southern Oregon University in local elementary, middle and high schools. These students receive practicum credit for SOU's Education 251 and 253 classes, which are taught by Migrant Ed. staff. These tutors are trained to provide 1:1 and small group academic support specifically to migrant students.

After school programs
We contract with teachers and tutors to provide academic support to migrant students who attend Kids Unlimited, Boys and Girls Club, 4H, and those who live at the Jackson County Housing Authority Projects, Anderson Vista and Lilac Meadows. We also contract with teachers to work with small groups toward specific academic goals at a number of elementary and middle schools.

Family Nights
Family Nights support schools in reaching out to their Latino communities. Migrant Ed. staff provides the activities, volunteers, and parent communication to present well-attended, hands-on family reading, and math events in elementary schools. We also partner with Science Works to present family science nights, and are currently expanding these events to area middle schools.

College readiness
Sobresalientes is a family outreach program designed to encourage students and their parents to develop post-secondary educational goals. Migrant staff assists families with FAFSA completion, scholarship application, and orientation to college entrance requirements.

High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
Migrant Ed. prepares and sponsors students for HEP, a two-month residency program in Eugene that facilitates GED acquisition for students who have left school but are academically prepared to complete GED requirements.

Parent Advisory Council
The PAC unites a group of 15 migrant parents from the Eagle Point, Medford and Phoenix-Talent School Districts. This monthly meeting provides parents with a forum in which to dialogue about schools and parenting, and offers leadership training and orientation to local educational systems. This approach promotes access to the schools for parents, and encourages participation in the academic lives of their children.

Preschool
White City migrant preschool students who are not enrolled in Head Start attend Primeros Pasos (First Steps), a once weekly school readiness program for children and their parents.

Listo
Listo promotes literacy for the entire family by offering infant-toddler care, pre-school, elementary and secondary classrooms, and adult education under one roof. Listo is housed at Jackson Elementary and operates three nights a week from 5:30-8:30.

Summer Programs
Last summer, Migrant Education supported five summer school enrichment programs: Academia Latina, a 1-week residency academy for Latino middle-school students; the Oregon Hispanic Migrant Student Leadership Institute (OHMSLI) at Willamette University; and summer schools at White Mountain Middle School, Mt. View Elementary, and Phoenix and Talent Elementary Schools. This year we will add two summer camps, and expand the Phoenix-Talent program.

The depth and breadth of programs and services Migrant Education provides offers opportunity, support, and service to many of the most promising members of our communities. For more information about any of our Migrant/ELL Programs, please contact our office at 776.8520.






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