Traditionally, students of migrant farm workers have been one of the most disadvantaged groups in United States schools (Cranston-Gingras, & Paul, 2008). Due to their frequent mobility and lack of opportunity to exert influence in their setting, migrant children are often called ‘invisible children’. While the majority of migrant students are also English learners, many ELs are not migrant. Understanding the differences and similarities between these groups is necessary to providing the most effective support. In this presentation we will describe the characteristics of migrant students, provide an overview of migrant students’ needs based on these characteristics, and provide participants with an overview of the most common services and resources available to support migrant students within the school system. Current and future school psychologist will benefit from understanding how available support services can be accessed and implemented in order to support migrant students’ academic, social and emotional success in school.

This workshop will include activities for participants to go through the process of a CUM review to identify if a student is/was migrant eligible and has received migrant intervention services. The participants will also have the opportunity to practice requesting migrant specific records that are not held within the students CUM file. Resources, strategies, and tools that participants can use will be shared.

Cathi Draper Rodriguez, PhD, NCSP, is a professor and department chair in the Department of Education and Leadership at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. The School Psychology Program at CSUMB has a curricular focus on training school psychologists to support ELs and migrant students. Dr. Draper Rodriguez teaches role and function of school psychologist, assessment, and introduction to research in School Psychology, Special Education and Masters programs. Since earning her doctorate from UNLV, she has focused her research on using technology with English learners with and without disabilities, the diagnosis of disabilities in English learners, assessment in education and multicultural education. Her previous work experience includes serving as a bilingual school psychologist in a public school setting and as an early interventionist providing services to young Latina mothers.

Casey McPherson, PhD, NCSP is an assistant professor in the Department of Education and Leadership at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her research interests are in promoting social justice through consultation and collaboration and social-emotional learning practices. Her research often focuses on highly mobile youth, especially migrant youth. Dr. McPherson teaches assessment, systems change, and consultation to students in the School Psychology, Special Education, and Masters programs. Her previous work experience includes serving as a school psychologist in a suburban high school district in Illinois and providing consultative services to tutors working with K-6 youth in Chicago.

Summer Prather-Smith, MA, serves as the Director of Migrant Education for Region 16. As Director, she responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating the funding and services for the Migrant Education Program in Monterey County. As Director, she also coordinates direct student and parent services, facilitate countywide professional development for migrant and non-migrant staff, provide technical assistance to school districts, supervise classified and certificated staff and ensure compliance with federal, state and local program regulations for the over 12,000 migrant students countywide. Ms. Prather-Smith is finishing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management.