Comprehensive District Support for Migrant Students

The Heber Elementary School District is located in Imperial County, six miles from the US/Mexico border. Heber is a small, rural, agricultural community with a population of approximately 4,900. The Heber Elementary School District, is a two site school district serving grades kindergarten through eighth grade. There are 1,149 students in the district. Heber School's 2011 API is 802 which is up from 664 in 2006. Imperial County has the highest unemployment rate in both California and the nation. Demographically, 99% of Heber School students are Latinos, 66% percent are English learners, 95% percent qualify for reduced or free meals, and 21% (238) are from migrant families. Julie Stickles is the Director of Special Projects and Special Education and oversees Migrant Education services for the district. In the following clips you will learn from Julie how Heber has developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach to support migrant students and families.

Julie Stickles is the Director of Special Projects and Special Education and oversees Migrant Education services for the district. In the following clips you will learn from Julie how Heber has developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach to support migrant students and families.

Introduction to Heber School District

In the clip below, Julie introduces Heber Elementary School District and provides an overview of the student population.

 

Understanding the Needs of Migrant Students

In the next clip, Julie talks about the efforts to provide services for migrant students. She mentions the role Parent Liaison Ernesto DeLa Rosa plays in communicating with classroom teachers and describes how the data collected about the migrant student helps develop targeted academic support.

Technology Choices to Meet Student Needs

Technology plays an important role in the academic support of students. In this clip you will hear Julie describe the process for selecting software that is appropriate for migrant students.

Parent Advisory Council

The Parent Advisory Council at Heber is involved in the decision-making process of the migrant program at all levels. In this clip, Julie describes the degree to which the Parent Advisory Council is an active participant in the school community.

On the next page you'll hear Julie describe more of the elements that contribute to the success of Heber School District.