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ERIC Number: ED481639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Migrant Service Coordination: Effective Field-Based Practices.
Canales, Priscilla; Harris, June
Migrant students and their families have a wide range of academic and social-economic needs. Long-term observation of numerous migrant programs in south Texas and elsewhere suggests that the school districts that are most successful in meeting those needs and the goals of the Migrant Education Program tend to share six recurrent practices. First, many successful districts recruit outreach teams to address the academic and support service needs of the entire migrant community. Such migrant service coordination teams reflect the diversity of the community; possess a sound knowledge base, reinforced by trainings on important topics; and are driven by a strong commitment to migrant students. Second, the teams carry out a comprehensive assessment of needs in their migrant community. In addition to drawing on national and state data, the teams develop practical local questionnaires and conduct group interviews with migrant parents and students. Third, effective teams develop strong working relationships with a wide array of community organizations and service providers. Fourth, community support and advocacy for migrant students and families are promoted through professional development sessions for educators and various types of media coverage and publicity. Fifth, self-advocacy and empowerment are encouraged among migrant students and parents through information sessions, leadership training, and parent train-the-trainer workshops. Finally, successful districts regularly evaluate their migrant service coordination practices and reflect on potential improvements. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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