Monday, January 25, 2016

Terese Jurgensen; Director of Student Services - January 22, 2016

Alicia Martin, Blanca Campos, Terese Jurgensen
Exciting Opportunity
Alicia Martin, Special Education/ELL teacher, and I had a wonderful opportunity yesterday to meet with Blanca Campos (pictured left). Ms. Campos is a Regional Recruiter for the Migrant Education Program in the State of Iowa. The Migrant Education Program is for any new family who has moved to our school district in the last 3 years and works in the agriculture industry. Ms. Campos provided an array of information to support families who work in the agriculture industry. 

How can it help my children?
The Migrant Education Program is designed to provide educational assistance to children whose families make frequent moves in search of agricultural work.  It works to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children.  The program helps migrant children master the educational content provided in the local districts by offering services to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that can result from these moves.

What does the program offer?
A variety of services are available to migrant students in addition to the educational services provided by your school district.  All services are provided free of charge.  In compliance with legislation, school districts systematically identify and serve migrant eligible students who reside within their areas/boundaries.  Services may vary from one district to another, depending upon the numbers of students identified and their needs.
Some of the services that may be available include the following:
·       Preschool services
·       Individual tutoring/homework help
·       Before- & After-School Programs
·       Summer School Programs
·       Instructional Resources
·       High School Equivalency, GED
·       Supportive Health Services in cooperation with other agencies
·       Free meals
Ask your migrant recruiter about the services in your school district.

How can it help my family?
The Migrant Education Program offers many opportunities for parental involvement and education through Parent Advisory Councils and other parent meetings, so you, the parent, can assist in the education of your children.  The program also works to coordinate with other local and state agencies to help families cope with health, basic needs and other issues.
How do I qualify?

Migrant Education provides supplemental education services to children ages 3-21 whose families move from one school district to another or across state boundaries looking for agricultural employment.  Agricultural jobs may include the following:

·       Planting, cultivating, or harvesting grain, fruit & vegetable crops
·       Beef, pork, chicken processing plants
·       Fruit & vegetable processing
·       Dairies
·       Feed yards
·       Nurseries

Important to Note: Families who qualify for the program do not have to be a part of the English Language Learner Program. We have many families here at HWCSD who work in the farming industry. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this opportunity, please contact me, and I will make sure they are connected to Blanca Compos. 

Temple Grandin 

~ The World Needs All Kinds of Minds~

"Different ~ Not Less,"

     Over the last several weeks, I have been getting countless calls and emails in regards to the information in regards to Social Thinking, Executive Functions and supporting student behaviors: Is it Skill or Will?  I am so thankful for the feedback and excited that I can use this venue to offer information, strategies and most of all hope. Temple Grandin is one of the most famous and influential people in the world who has changed the world through her work in Animal/Agriculture Sciences. 

      Born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to pursue work in psychology and animal science. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals. In 2010, HBO released an Emmy Award winning film on Grandin’s life.

Temple Grandin began to speak at the age of 4. Although her parents sought the best possible teachers, social interactions remained difficult in middle and high school, where other students teased Grandin regularly for her verbal tics.
Despite these difficulties, Grandin achieved considerable academic success. She earned a degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, followed by a master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then worked as a consultant to companies with large animal slaughterhouse operations, advising them on ways of improving the quality of life of their cattle.

Have a wonderful week!
If you would like to reach me, please do!

Terese Jurgensen

(563) 929-6344

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