ESCORT Staff: Key Presentations at National Migrant Education Meeting

ESCORT staff presented at the 2016 National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education meeting in San Diego, CA April 24-27, attended by over 1500 migrant education professionals from across the United States. Staff presentations included:

Jorge Echegaray (Sr. Education Specialist-Tampa, FL) and Guadalupe Ginn (Recruitment Specialist-Tampa, FL)– Mapping & Online Tools to Enhance Recruitment Efforts. This presentation detailed the benefits of using technology to enhance and monitor recruitment efforts.

Margarita Di Salvo, (Education Specialist-Washington, DC) with Mirna Rivera-Topke (Hillsborough FL County Public Schools)Out-of-School Youth [OSY]-Academic Support to Excel Through GED and Beyond, which emphasized strategies to effectively identify and recruit OSY who are pursuing a GED with goals of increasing academic gains or helping OSY become ready for a career.

Amelia Lyons (Field Services Leader-Portland, ME) and Guadalupe Ginn–Female Recruiters’ Perspectives: How to Support Yourself and Your Female Colleagues in the Field. This session included discussion on how gender has shaped recruitment experiences, and shared tips and tools to help manage safety, respect and careers as recruiters.

Ian Yaffe (Sr. Education Specialist-Portland, ME) with David Fisk (Director, Maine Migrant Education Program)Aqane, Bienvenidos, Byenveni, Pjila’si, Welcome! Services and Recruitment in Multicultural Programs. This session informed about Maine’s Migrant Education Program Blueberry Harvest School that provides high impact summer services for diverse populations using a Project-Based Learning curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

Rob Hillman (Information Systems Assistant-Oneonta) with Will Messier (Director, NYS Identification & Recruitment Program) and Julio Rodriguez (U.S. Office of Migrant Education) –I thought it would never happen to me!-How to Safeguard the Privacy of Migrant Children and Your Own. Given the push for data collection and new technology, concerns have increased about the way in which personal identifiable information (PII) is stored, used and shared. This workshop explored ways to increase cyber security and privacy awareness.

ESCORT is a national educational training, technical assistance and resource organization affiliated with SUNY Oneonta since 1984 with work focused on enabling state and local education agencies to provide educational services for migrant and other at-risk populations. For more information, contact Kim Muller, Director, at ( ).