MEP Consortium Incentive Grants
The MEP Consortium Incentive Grants are authorized by section 1308(d) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Through this program, the Department provides financial incentives to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to participate in high quality consortia that improve the interstate or intrastate coordination of migrant education programs by addressing key needs of migratory children who have their education interrupted.
On an annual basis, the Secretary may reserve up to $3 million for MEP Consortium Incentive Grants. The Office of Migrant Education (OME) awarded FY 2012 MEP Consortium Incentive Grants to a total of 38 States participating in the four consortia listed below.
> Strategies, Opportunities, and Services for Out-of-School Youth (SOSOSY) is designed to address a key national objective to provide services based on scientifically-based research to improve the educational attainment of out-of-school (OSY) 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, SOSOSY will use innovative technology across all aspects of the project design; a SOSOSY 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.
> Math MATTERS (Math Achievement through Technology, Teacher Education, and Research-based Strategies) is designed in response to substantial needs identified in migrant students in the lead state of Texas and the consortium receiving states of Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, and Wisconsin. The overarching goal of the Math MATTERS project is to improve the math skills of migrant students through scientifically-based instruction, technology integration, professional development, and parent involvement for the most mobile students enrolled in summer programs.
> Migrant Literacy CORE Consortium (Comprehensive Online Reading Education), is designed to help migrant students reading at the emergent level improve their reading skills so they are successful students and lifelong learners. The MLCORE consortium will develop: (1) evidence- and scientifically-based online student Reading Tutorials in English and Spanish that target key reading skills for emergent readers and that are mapped to the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards; (2) pre/post-tests that are embedded in each tutorial to assess student learning needs and growth; (3) a cadre of trained MEP staff that can appropriately and effectively use the tutorials and other MLN resources, and provide training to other MEP staff in their states; and ( 4) materials and presentations to inform and train MEP staff participating in other MEP CIGs so they can inform others in their States about the instructional resources and tools on the Migrant Literacy NET website.
> Using Innovative Educational Technologies to Improve Interstate Coordination and Support Educational Continuity and Achievement for Eligible Binational Migrant Students (InET) is designed to use innovative technologies to foster awareness of binational migrant student needs; imagine, plan, and design systems for services; create and deliver resources, materials, and programs; improve existing infrastructures; produce solutions for raising student achievement; and disseminate effective practices to the MEP community.