Guest Speaker: Saulo Hernandez
Migrant Education Program - Beaverton

  • History of the Migrant Education Program [MEP]
  • MEP in Oregon
  • Working with Migrant Students & Families
  • Q & A
Misconceptions about MEP
  • nothing to do with immigration law, or legal status
  • not a new program but not many know about it
  • not only for Hispanics but based on specific area populations
Goal: by end you will be able to describe the program

Video: History & Purpose of the MEP

1960 video Harvest of Change [migrant experience] alerts America to the condition of migrant workers.
1965 President Johnson's Great Society's Initiative, ESEA Act
--> Educational opportunity as a right
1966 MEP congress amends for specific needs of migrants
National program
NCLB benefits:
-raises standards
-effective instructional methods
MEP helps schools meet needs of students
- identify and recruit school eligible children
- train recruiters
- determine eligibility
-- 3-21 years
-- families move frequently to work: agriculture, fishing, forestry
-- cross district boudnaries
-- get health care for student - serious issues 
-- free lunch at school
-- summer school program

MEP Goal: to help student overcome problems that result from moving so they can be successful in school, graduate, find work or go to college.

Some Information:
  • Oregon divided into 19 regions - Saulo in region 23 Beaverton with  ESL, Native American
  • 19000 migrant students statewide
  • 600 in BSD
  • most in Hillsboro
  • FG about 1600
  • Woodburn about 1200

You Tube video who we are a peek into the world of migrant youth
  • not just moving but people's perceptions that present a challenge
  • many students take care of family while parents work
  • students work in the summers with parents
  • English as second or third language
  • high mobility
  • low academic expectation from parents[often think if child does better than them they have succeeded] and/or teachers [no english, not legal so why bother]
  • HS drop out rate is high:
    • want to make money
    • need to support family
    • immigration - some families not legal but have to drive to workplace. Kids may come home to find caregiver has been arrested
    • Identity issues - dont identify with American society even if born here [they may want to be American but others dont see them that way], but also dont see themselves as fully Hispanic either
Harvest of Shane
American Harvest
The Harvest [la cosecha] lives of 4 students
Amelia's Road
Side by Side

Additional Resources:
US Dept of Education - Migrant Education Program http://www2.ed.gov/programs/mep/index.html
Secondary Student:
[source http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/secondarystudent.html]
 5. Resources

The following are grant programs that might be useful to States that are seeking ways to improve their migrant secondary services.
U.S. Department of Education's School Dropout Prevention Program The purpose of this program is to support school dropout prevention and reentry activities to raise academic achievement levels by providing grants that 1) challenge all children to attain their highest academic potential, and 2) ensure that all students have substantial opportunities to attain their highest academic potential through schoolwide programs effective in school dropout prevention and reentry. Projects must implement scientifically-based, sustainable, and widely replicated strategies.
Washington State's Office of Secondary Education for Migrant Youth (SEMY)SEMY is a center located in Sunnyside, Washington whose mission is to give secondary-school aged migrant youth the opportunity to succeed. Although the center's primary purpose is to serve schools throughout the State of Washington, students and educators from all States are encouraged to visit their website.
Clemson University's National Dropout Prevention Center/Network The mission of the center is to serve as a research center to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations so these students receive quality education and services necessary to graduate from high school.

"Harvest of Dignity" marks little change since "Harvest of Change"

The Harvest/La Cosecha - the story of the children who feed America

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