The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to:
- support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs for migratory children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that results from repeated moves;
- ensure that migratory children who move among the States are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the States in curriculum, graduations requirements, standards;]
- ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate educational services (including supportive services) that address their special needs in a coordinated and efficient manner;
- ensure that migratory 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;
- design programs to help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school, and to prepare such children to make a successful transition to postsecondary education and employment; and
- ensure that migratory children benefit from State and local systemic reforms.
(Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Title I, Part C, Section 1301-1309)
Migrant Education Program History Video, 2009
Christina Alvarez is the current Migrant Family Liaison in the Blackfoot School District. Christina has 31 years of experience with the Migrant Education Program.
She also serves as the Regional IDR Coordinator in Regions 5 & 6. Christina’s passion and commitment to the district’s migrant families is a major strength in the Migrant Education Program. Her drive and desire are most impressive. Vicki Johnson, Blackfoot Federal Programs Director says, “…she has been an outstanding professional, mentor, teacher and colleague as I have learned about the Migrant Program. I believe she is an outstanding leader in the Migrant Program.”
Christina goes above and beyond with every migrant family/student that enrolls in the Blackfoot School District. She greets them at the schools to make sure that the children get registered. She meets them at their homes to make sure that they get settled and that the families’ needs are met. She communicates the services in the Blackfoot Community that will be useful to the families. She checks in and follows through with the various needs of the families on a regular basis. Christina does not only work during the school hours to meet the needs of the families. Many days she works evenings and weekends. Her hours are truly 24 hours a day,
7 days a week. She is truly deserving of this award!