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Title I-C Migrant Program in the State of Oregon. Odyssey 2014 Jonathan Fernow- Title I-C Specialist, ODE. Purpose. The purpose of this presentation is to share the history of the program, how students qualify, and benefits of the Title I-C Migrant program in Oregon.

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title i c migrant program in the state of oregon

Title I-C Migrant Program in the State of Oregon

Odyssey 2014

Jonathan Fernow- Title I-C Specialist, ODE


The purpose of this presentation is to share the history of the program, how students qualify, and benefits of the

Title I-C Migrant program in Oregon.

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Rules for Place Your Bets

You will read a statement about the migrant program.

Circle the T if you think it’s True or the F if you think it’s False.

On the left side of the T/F you will wager an amount between $5 and $35 dollars and write the amount in the box. Add the wager if correct, or subtract if wrong.


#5: Oregon migrant programs receive three separate allocations:

1) Regular Year,

2)Preschool, and

3) Summer School.


#6: Before the Title I-C program, over 90% of migrant students dropped out or did not graduate.


#7: The measurable program outcomes for Title I-C are:

1) reading,

2) math,

3) school readiness, and

4) graduation.


Title I-C Video

  • The Office for Migrant Education (OME) from USDE has prepared a short video covering the history, purpose, and qualifying requirements of the Title I-C Migrant program.

Who are our Migrant workers?

In Oregon, although a majority of migrant students are Hispanic, we are unique in that we also have Russian and Native American migrant students.


Federal Funds

  • Oregon is the 5th largest migrant state. Which do you think are the top 5 states? These top states make up 74% of all migrant qualified students in the nation.
  • Our yearly allocation is a little over $10 million a year. For the last few years, it was around $10.6 million. Last year with sequestration, it will be $10 million.

Facts and Numbers of Migrants

  • The National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS) (Carroll, et al., 2005) estimated that there are over 3 million migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the US. These migrants are primarily Hispanic (94%), have Spanish as their native language (81%), and have a 7th grade median level of education.
  • Total family income averaged between $15,000 and $17,499.

Facts and Numbers of Migrants

Using the most recent data available, OME reported that state educational agencies (SEAs) identified approximately 470,000 eligible migrant children and youth. 35% of these children were considered limited in English proficiency, and 15% were out-of-school youth (OSY).


Facts and Numbers of Migrants

States served approximately 67% of the total eligible migrant students and 47% of the eligible OSY in the 2008-09 Comprehensive State Performance Reports (OME website, 2011).


Migrant Education

The purpose of Migrant education is to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agriculture workers and fishers, and their families.

The program serves children and youth between the ages 3-21.


Eligibility Requirements

  • There are specific eligibility requirements for identification of children qualifying for Migrant education services. They must have:
    • traveled with or joined parents who migrated to find agricultural work;
    • themselves migrated to perform agricultural work;
    • cross district lines and do qualifying work.

Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

We are one of the few federal education programs that require a document for eligibility.

All states have more than 71 data elements on their COEs.

Oregon is in the process of developing an electronic COE.


Purpose of the Migrant Program

  • 1. Support high-quality and comprehensive supplementary educational programs for migrant children in order to reduce the educational disruption and other problems that result from the migrant life style.

Purpose of the Migrant Program

2. Ensure that migrant children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the states in curriculum, graduation requirements, and state academic content and student academic achievement standards.


Purpose of the Migrant Program

3. Ensure that migrant children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their needs in a coordinated and efficient manner.


Purpose of the Migrant Program

4. Ensure that migrant children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.


Purpose of the Migrant Program

5. Design programs to help migrant children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to do well in school, and to prepare them to make a successful transition to post-secondary education or employment.


Migrant Programs in Oregon

Oregon has 19 programs in the state.

10 of them are school districts and 9 are educational service districts (ESDs).

There are around 19,000 migrant students in Oregon.


District Migrant Programs

The following districts have a Title I-C Program:

Beaverton , Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Hood River County, Newberg, Nyssa/Adrian/Vale, Ontario/Annex, Portland, Salem-Keizer, and Woodburn.


ESD Migrant Programs

The following ESDs have a Title I-C Program:

Clackamas, Columbia Gorge, High Desert, InterMountain, Lane, Multnomah, Northwest Regional, Southern Oregon, and Willamette.


Benefits of the Migrant Program

Once they qualify, they can receive Migrant services for three years.

Educationally, they receive help during school, after-school tutoring, migrant pre-schools, and migrant summer schools.

Biggest success of funds are on focusing on Kindergarten readiness and summer school growth.


Benefits of the Migrant Program

  • In Oregon, Migrant students receive:
    • 24 hour accident insurance;
    • free lunch/breakfast without filling out a form;
    • health services.
  • Because of free and reduced lunch, Advanced Placement and SAT test fees can be waived.

Data Collection

Currently, every state collects their own data regarding Migrant information. Oregon’s system is OMSIS.

There is a national data system called MSIX, (Migrant Student Information Exchange), which will help with student placement, information towards credit recovery, movement history, and health information.


Supplement, not Supplant

The Title I-C migrant funds are to supplement the ESDs and districts. The federal guidelines are very clear that migrant students should participate and receive all the educational and support services that districts provide to all their students.


Supplement, not Supplant

  • The migrant program should provide the “extra” educational and support services to migrant students after all other resources have been exhausted. Public Law 107-110, 1306 (b) (2)

Migrant Summer High School Leadership Institute

The migrant program offers a week-long summer leadership institute to high school migrant students.


Migrant Summer High School Leadership Institute

For the last four years, it has been held at OSU and included: three days of leadership training, high and low ropes course, hands-on experiences, and an understanding of college and applying to colleges.


Parent Involvement

The Title I-C program requires that Parent Advisory Committees (PACs) be involved in the 1) design, 2) implementation and 3) evaluation of the local programs in each funded area.


Parent Involvement

A State Parent Advisory Committee, (SPAC) meets to guide the State Title I-C program.


HEP and CAMP, Migrant Partners

HEP (High School Equivalency Program), provide intense GED instruction and support services for migrant students who have not completed high school.


HEP and CAMP, Migrant Partners

There are 44 HEP programs throughout the USA. Oregon has 3 HEP programs for migrant students.

CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program), provides intensive support services to help migrant students make the transition into college. There are 42 CAMP programs nationwide.


HEP and CAMP, Migrant Partners

CAMP offers academic support, personal and career counseling, stipends, scholarships, health services, and other supports necessary to ensure that migrant students are successful. Oregon has 2 CAMP programs for migrant students.


Oregon-Mexico Education Partnership (OMEP)

ODE and the Portland Mexican Consulate meet regularly during the year to collaborate and share information for binational students that move back and forth between Mexico and the United States.


Binational Transfer Document

For students traveling to Mexico we coordinate with districts with the binational transfer document and the Apostille.


Binational Transfer Document

  • For students grades K-9 going back to Mexico, the binational transfer document will guarantee:
  • 1) Placement at the same grade as here in the United States,

Binational Transfer Document

  • 2) Students can enter the school right away and not wait till the next term, or start of the new school year;
  • 3) Students can attend the school close to their home, even if it’s crowded.

Steps for the Apostille

  • Students grades 10-12 need to take an Apostille. The procedure is to get their transcripts notarized.
  • Bring the transcripts to the office of Secretary of State in the Public Service Building. Pay $10 and get the Apostille.

Binational Teacher Exchange

We have a Binational Teacher Exchange where teachers come from Mexico and teach in our Summer Schools. Teachers from Oregon go to Mexico and teach ESL to the Mexican teachers teaching English.


Binational Program

The Mexican Consulate provides free National Mexican curriculum to Plazas Comunitarias in Oregon.


Binational Program

The Mexican curriculum has been aligned with the Oregon standards in the elementary grades, and the curriculum is a bit more advanced. Students can take a class in Spanish and receive credit in Oregon and in Mexico, and graduate from both.


Consortium Incentive Grant

The Oregon Migrant Program receives a small Consortium Incentive Grant to work with eight other states to use technology to support binational migrant students moving between the US and Mexico. The website is:



Creative Rankings Activity

If time allows, follow instructions for Creative Rankings Activity.

Rank the items that migrant students go through from most difficult to easiest. Get together with another person and agree on the rankings. Then in groups of four. The activity builds empathy for our migrant students and their families.


Migrant Resources

Jonathan Fernow, Migrant Specialist, ODE




Office of Migrant Education, USDE