ERIC Number: ED471490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Identification and Recruitment of Migrant Students: Strategies and Resources. ERIC Digest.
Melecio, Ray; Hanley, Thomas J.
The federal Migrant Education Program aims to minimize the negative effects on migrant children and youth caused by constant mobility and interrupted schooling. A primary activity of the program involves considerable efforts to identify and recruit children eligible for services. However, finding migrant children is not an easy task. This digest provides an overview of how to develop a realistic and workable system for quickly finding and enrolling eligible students. The first step for the recruiter is to develop a picture of the region's agriculture, processing, and fishing industries and their use of migrant workers. Information sources include the Department of Agriculture, the state Department of Labor, Cooperative Extension programs, and other regulatory agencies. Next, development of a recruitment plan should consider input from those working with the migrant population and should include at least the following components: hiring recruiters who have qualities appropriate to this demanding job and, preferably, have the same language and culture as the families served; deploying recruiters strategically; building a recruitment network with local organizations and individuals; and keeping recruiters informed of all available program services. Training of recruiters should cover program eligibility, assessment of family needs, cultural practices and etiquette, recruiter safety, and program audits. (Contains 10 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Identification, Information Sources, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Migrant Youth, Planning, Preschool Education, Professional Training, School Community Relationship, Social Networks, Student Recruitment
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. Tel: 800-624-9120 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.ael.org/eric/digests/edorc02-10.pdf.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.