Kansas Migrant Education Program
Since 1967, the Kansas Migrant Education Program (MEP) has been working to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this, the MEP supports educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves.
As part of the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas MEP is federally funded under Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Children who qualify for the program are identified and recruited by local agencies (or “projects”) throughout the state, and the local projects are responsible for providing services to children enrolled in the program. Visit the Kansas Migrant Education Program website
Why do migrant children need special services?
Migrant students have many risk factors in common with other disadvantaged students (e.g., poverty, poor health, learning disabilities), but they also face additional challenges unique to their situations (e.g., disruption of education, poor record-keeping between schools, cultural and language difficulties, and social isolation).
Migrant Instructional Aide Role
- Assist Individual students in performing activities initiated by the teachers.
- Reinforce learning with individuals, while the teacher works with other students.
- Carry out instructional programs designed by the teacher.
- Carry out tutoring activities designed by the teacher.
- Support the student in any problem area that the teacher identifies.
- Partner with the teacher to identify any areas such as academic, social, or family issues that the student is struggling with.
- Document all discussions concerning the migrant student; successes and failures.
- Can assist in clerical duties such as scheduling and copying for the individual migrant students.
- Aides are not always bilingual.
Duties the Migrant Instructional Aide cannot perform:
- Cannot implement lesson plans or instruct the class.
- The aide is there specifically for the migrant student support, not any other students.
- Not responsible for the discipline of the classroom.
- Aide cannot be solely responsible for a classroom.
- Aide is not responsible for grading or assigning grades.