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Southwest Michigan Migrant Resource Council Spreads Holiday Cheer at Annual Christmas Basket Event

In a heartwarming celebration of community spirit, the Southwest Michigan Migrant Resource Council transformed the Van Buren Intermediate Conference Center into a festive wonderland for its annual Migrant/Multilingual Christmas basket event on Saturday, December 9.

Multilingual Parenting Tips: Creating a Language-Rich Home Environment

In our globalized world, the ability to navigate multiple languages is a valuable skill that fosters cultural understanding and opens doors to diverse perspectives. For parents raising children in a multilingual household, the journey of nurturing language skills from an early age can be both rewarding and enriching. In this article, we’ll explore practical tips for creating a language-rich home environment that supports multilingual parenting, along with a curated list of resources to enhance the experience.

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Facilitating English Learning for Newcomers: Strategies and Considerations

In recent years, Michigan schools have experienced a rise in the number of students embarking on their English language learning journey. Often referred to as “Newcomers,” these students not only grapple with a new language but also navigate unfamiliar school environments and cultures.

Food, Clothing, Housing, and Mental Health Resources

Are you or someone you know in need of support with food, clothing, housing, or mental health resources? We have great news! has recently broadened its range of resources with additional links.

Bridging the Gap: The Vital Role of Translation and Interpretation in Schools

In our ever-connected and diverse world, schools are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of effective communication to ensure that all students and their families feel included and supported. Interpretation/Translation is not just something nice-it is the law! Competent interpreters ensure equal access to education for families and students. One key aspect of achieving this inclusivity is through the use of translation and interpretation services.

MiMEP Parent Leadership Team (PLT) Gathers Virtually to Discuss Vital Topics and Mental Health Awareness

We are thrilled to share the highlights from the recent Parent Leadership Team (PLT) meeting held on November 9, 2023. This gathering, teleconferenced across the state, brought together representatives from various regions, including Western Michigan Fruit Ridge Regional, Shelby Area, Van Buren ISD, Northwest Education Services, Mid-Michigan Area, and several individual sites.  There were approximately 80-90 families that attended throughout the state.

Special Populations Conference 2023 Session Notes & Recordings

The Special Populations and Related State & Federal Programs include Foster Care, Section 31a At-Risk, Title I, Part C – Migrant, Title I, Part D – Neglected & Delinquent, Title III – English Learner & Immigrant Education Programs, Title VI, Part A – Indian Education, and McKinney-Vento Homeless   For those of you who may…

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Join our Migrant/Multilingual Newsletter community today! Discover valuable information and resources designed to benefit students, parents, and teachers. Don’t miss out – subscribe now! Your Gateway to Migrant/Multilingual Resources in Van Buren County

Whether you’re a student, parent, or teacher in Van Buren County, Michigan, is your essential resource hub. Here’s a quick overview of what this website offers: Student Resources: Testing: Prepare for exams like WIDA, PSAT/SAT, and CLEP. College/Scholarships: Explore opportunities like WMU CAMP, FAFSA, and various scholarships. Educational Sites: Access resources like Khan Academy,…

Migrant/Multilingual Fiesta in Bloomingdale Celebrates Diversity

Bloomingdale, MI – On Wednesday, October 4, Bloomingdale Middle/High School’s cafeteria came alive with the Migrant/Multilingual Fiesta, bringing together around 45 attendees for an evening of cultural celebration. Taqueria La Tia Linda delighted taste buds with delicious food, while multiple rounds of Loteria added excitement with prizes from the school. Dedicated volunteers ensured a warm…

Teacher Collaboration and Coteaching in Support of Multilingual Learners

Are you in a situation where you are co-teaching, co-planning, or collaborating in the classroom? If you’re looking for valuable resources to enhance your collaboration and teaching skills, then the Pre-Season Special Populations conference held on October 24th has something special for you. The event, led by the renowned Andrea Honigsfeld, who is an author,…

Professional Development for Teachers: Elevating Instruction Skills for Multilingual Learners

In the dynamic realm of education, the importance of continuous professional development cannot be overstated. For teachers working with multilingual learners, specialized training becomes essential to create inclusive and effective learning environments. This article delves into the significance of professional development (PD) tailored for educators working with multilingual learners