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Educator Engagement

Educator Engagement

The NWESD Migrant program is eager to provide the support your migrant teams needs in order to build a successful program for your migrant students. We offer professional learning and resources for Migrant educators including para-educators, migrant graduation specialists/student advocates, migrant recruiters/record clerks, pre-school staff, teachers, administrators, and federal program directors.

Regional Convenings

These events are held twice a year (fall and spring) in both NW Washington and SW Washington. They are a great opportunity for migrant project districts to come together to share and support each other’s work.

  • NW Region – October 30, 2017 & March 28, 2018 at NWESD, Anacortes
  • SW Region – November 8, 2017 & April 12, 2018 at ESD 113, Tumwater

Funds of Knowledge

An asset-based paradigm leveraging migrant community strengths to enhance student learning. Gaining a better understanding of a student’s funds of knowledge can enhance classroom practices for both teachers and students. Using a funds of knowledge approach to understanding students’ overall sets of abilities and experiences can help teachers draw on these skills in classrooms to enrich their understanding of academic content while also motivating them during classroom activities. Read more information on the OSPI Funds of Knowledge web page.

Migrant 101

Migrant 101 is a required, free, interactive training exploring the purpose of the Migrant Education Program, identifying unique needs of migrant populations that guide the structure of our work across and within districts. Migrant 101 helps to strengthen participants’ ability to advocate and support migrant students.

For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Enrique Lopez.

Federal Program Director (FPD)

Federal Program Directors oversee, manage and direct the implementation of Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program within their local school district. For support and guidance, please contact Enrique Lopez or Clint Weckerly.

School Readiness

School success and the road to graduation begins with our student’s first experiences as learners. Our Migrant Services team offers a variety of trainings and resources that support the professional development of districts and schools to support the school readiness of our migrant students.

Dates and registration information for upcoming trainings are available on the NWESD Course Registration site. Our Migrant Services team always welcomes your questions.

For more information, please contact Clint Weckerly or visit NWESD Early Learning.

Migrant Graduation Specialist (MGS)/Migrant Student Advocate (MSA)

The migrant graduation specialist/student advocates acts as a liaison, coordinates and facilitates with their school counselor(s) for migrant students to successfully transition to next grade level; complete high school; and pursue postsecondary education or employment. For resources and trainings available, please contact Enrique Lopez.

Out-of-School Youth

For the purposes of the MEP, the Department considers the term “out-of-school youth” to mean children through age 21 who are entitled to a free public education in the State and who meet the definition of a “migratory child,” but who are not currently enrolled in a K-12 institution. This term could include students who have dropped out of school, youth who are working on a high school equivalency diploma (HSED) outside of a K-12 institution, and youth who are “here to work” only. Enrollment in school is not a condition affecting eligibility for the MEP. Therefore, out-of-school youth who meet the definition of a “migratory child” are eligible for the MEP. [Guidance; Education of Migratory Children under Title 1, Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965]

We can connect you to services:

  • Educational Resources: High School Diploma or GED; ESL Classes, Certification or Training.
  • Social and Health Services: Health, Dental, Vision, Social and Behavioral Health referrals as well as case management.
  • Other Non-Academic Case Management: Practical Survival Skills
  • Employment Opportunities and job training: Work Skills preparation, career exploration, and assessment to identify long and short-term employment goals.
  • Information regarding educational scholarships
  • For more information, please contact Tanya Rojas.