OME is proud to announce the 2015 Consortium Inventive Grants!
Pre-School Initiative (PI)
The PI consortium will provide services based on scientifically-based research to improve the school readiness of pre-school migratory children and to strengthen the involvement of migratory parents in the education of migratory students whose education has been interrupted. PI will focus on ways in which the MEP can support not only increased participation in structured pre-schools, but also promote promising approaches to training migrant educators and parents in strategies that demonstrate improved school readiness. PI’s primary goals are to:
- Expand the capacity of state and local MEPs to serve migrant pre-school children;
- Ensure that more services are provided to migrant 3-5-year-old children and that these children will demonstrate substantial and measurable educational gains;
- Disseminate evidence-based and promising practices developed by PI to the national MEP community and other stakeholders.
Member States: Pennsylvania (Lead State), Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington.
Graduation and Outcomes for Success for Out-of-School Youth (GOSOSY)
The GOSOSY consortium will address a key national objective to provide services based on scientifically-based research to improve the educational attainment of out-of-school migratory youth whose education is interrupted. With an organizing framework that focuses on systems to serve migrant youth and the migrant staff that support them, GOSOSY will use innovative technology across all aspects of the project design; a GOSOSY website with hyperlinks and audio files containing lessons and resources; and packaged materials, strategies, and services that result in State capacity building and portability across States, districts, and borders. GOSOSY’s goals are:
- Participating OSY will increase their content achievement and other outcomes as specified in their needs-driven Learning Plan;
- Staff participating in professional development and learning will increase their skills and ability to deliver targeted instruction and services to OSY;
- State processes, procedures, and materials to better serve OSY will be developed, vetted, and adopted by consortium states.
Member States: Kansas (Lead State), Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont
Migrant Reading Achievement: Comprehensive Online Reading Education (MiraCORE)
The MiraCORE consortium is committed to improving the interstate coordination of MEPs by sharing and developing supplemental, technology-based reading instructional materials and assessments designed specifically to improve the literacy skills of migratory students and youth.
The goals of MiraCORE are:
- Improved literacy skills for migrant students and youth;
- The development of valid and reliable online diagnostic literacy assessments for all age levels of emergent and developing level readers that are mapped to the online Reading Tutorials;
- Increased capacity of MEP teachers and staff to identify migrant student/Out of School Youth literacy needs;
- Improved MEP staff skills for identifying/assessing student needs/skills;
- Scientifically-based literacy instruction, and effectively utilizing the online student reading tutorials and other literacy resources on the Migrant Literacy Net.
Member States: Utah (Lead State), Delaware, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, and Virginia.
Identification and Recruitment Rapid Response Consortium (IRRC)
The IRRC consortium will provide services designed to improve the proper and timely identification and recruitment (ID&R) of eligible migratory children whose education is interrupted. In response to the identified need for greater consistency and quality of ID&R—especially due to the high turnover in MEP state directors, local administrators, and recruiters, throughout the IRRC, states will expand and improve infrastructures for interstate coordination. IRRC’s Goals are to:
- Design and develop systems, materials, strategies, and resources for the consistent and reliable ID&R of eligible migrant children and youth that can be adapted to small and large states, summer and regular year programs, and diverse state and local contexts;
- Expand states’ capacity through the sharing of resources, mentoring, and the deployment of a Rapid Response Team of veteran ID& R specialists;
- Disseminate effective evidence-based ID&R practices throughout the MEP community.
Member States: Nebraska (Lead State), Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.