Texas Migrant Education Program: Special Projects & Grant Awards

The Texas Migrant Education Program (MEP) funds two special project grants to help districts address migrant student needs in accumulating course credits and the coordination of resources and services statewide and nationally. The Texas MEP is also part of two multi-state consortium grant awards from the U.S. Department of Education that address migrant student needs in mathematics and migrant out-of-school youth needs.

Special Projects

Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program 

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The mission of the Distance Learning for Migrant Secondary Students special project is to help Texas’ migrant students graduate from high school by providing opportunities to earn credit at any time and any place. The program offers 55 distance learning courses that are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and therefore, help migrant students prepare for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) End of Course exams.

Luz Hinojosa, Assistant Program Coordinator, Email: luzhinojosa@mail.utexas.edu
P.O. Box 7700, Austin, TX 78713, Phone: Toll free (800) 444-1905, Fax: (512) 232-5533, 

Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP)


The mission of the Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP) is to help reduce the effects of educational disruption that Texas’ mobile, migrant students often face as they move within or outside the state. The TMIP’s certified bilingual counselors provide assistance to migrant students, their families, school counselors, receiving state migrant staff required to ensure critical information exchange, appropriate course placement and secondary credit accrual needed for on-time graduation from high school. The TMIP coordinates with states receiving Texas’ migrant students to afford the student an opportunity to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™). The TMIP also coordinates with receiving states to train certified educators to administer these exams.

María García-Guzmán, Director, Email: mguzman.tmip@sbcglobal.net
P.O. Box 1150, Pharr, TX 78577, Phone: Toll free (800) 292-7006 or (956) 702-6047, Fax: (956) 702-6058

Migrant Consortium Incentive Grant Awards

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Project SMART— Math MATTERS (Math Achievement through Technology, Teacher Education and Research-based Strategies)

Project Smart is funded through a Migrant Education Program Consortium Incentive Grant (CIG) awarded by the USDE Office of Migrant Education for summer implementation. With Texas as lead state, Project Smart is developed collaboratively by the consortium's eight member states. The summer program is designed to increase migrant student achievement by providing a high quality K-12 curriculum for use in classroom and home-based settings, as well as instruction, assessment, innovative uses of technology, professional development and parent involvement.

Susie Coultress, State Director, Bilingual/ESL/Title III/Migrant, Email: susie.coultress@tea.texas.gov
Texas MEP, Curriculum Division, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701,
Phone: (512) 463-9581, Fax: (512) 463-8057

Susan Altgelt, Project Coordinator, Email: susan.altgelt@esc20.net
Region 20 ESC, 1314 Hines Ave., San Antonio, TX 78208, Phone: (210) 370-5639, Fax: (210) 370-5743

Opportunities for Success for Out-of-School Youth (OSY)

Success for Out-Of-School Youth

The OSY Migrant Education Program Consortium Incentive Grant was designed to help and encourage states, policy makers and educators to provide services to the growing population of migrant out-of-school youth who tend to have great educational needs.

The goal of the OSY project is to design and implement a system to identify, recruit, assess, develop and deliver services to migrant out-of-school youth, provide professional development to support these activities and integrate OSY services into State plans to elevate the quantity and quality of services to this large, underserved population.  

Tracie Kalic, Director, Project Coordinator, Email: tkalic@embarqmail.com

For additional information, contact:

Curriculum Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581