ERIC Number: ED393637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Migrant Education Binational Program.
Dolson, David P.; Villasenor, Gildardo
The Binational Program promotes the continuity of education for approximately 45,000 students who migrate between Mexico and the United States each year, a pattern related to their parents' work as migrant agricultural laborers. Begun in California, the program now encompasses approximately 10 U.S. and 32 Mexican states (including the Federal District of Mexico City). A binational commission of representatives of these states developed the Transfer Document for Binational Migrant Students, a form containing demographic and educational information on binational students that is transmitted between the U.S. and Mexican schools that they attend. The Binational Program in California has played an important role in assisting schools in both countries to obtain, process, and transmit the transfer document for pupils. In the area of professional development, the Binational Program has collaborated with the Mexican Secretaries of Public Education and of Foreign Relations to provide summer inservice programs in which Mexican specialist teachers share information with U.S. teachers of migrant students concerning bicultural approaches, native language development, special needs students, and the Mexican school system; short inservice programs for individual districts during the school year; and ongoing teacher training courses in four "Centros Culturales" in California. In addition, the Binational Program has begun a pilot teacher exchange program between California and Michoacan (Mexico) school districts, and serves as a clearinghouse for Mexican educational materials and information on cultural events and educational opportunities. Includes the four-page Transfer Document and a chronology of the development of the Binational Program. (SV)
Descriptors: Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Cooperation, International Cooperation, International Programs, Mexican American Education, Migrant Education, Program Development, Staff Development, Student Records, Teacher Exchange Programs, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Mexico
Note: Chapter 8 in: Children of La Frontera: Binational Efforts To Serve Mexican Migrant and Immigrant Students; see RC 020 526.