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When a student needs adult support at school, parents can be one of their child’s most important advocates. As an advocate, you support your child and speak on their behalf in situations where they may not be prepared to speak for themselves.

General School Activities

MEP Opportunities

Using Technology to
Stay Involved

Additional Parenting Resources

Getting Involved: General School Activities

Attending school every day is crucial for a child's education and overall development.

Learn the school's rules, practices, and policies.

The rules and policies can be found in the student handbook. Please reach out to the school staff for information on how to access a copy of the student handbook. School practices are learned over time by speaking to the MEP staff, other school staff, and even other parents.

Attend school events offered through your child’s school, like Open House, Meet the Teacher, and family nights.

  • These events are excellent opportunities to meet teachers and administrators at your child’s school and build relationships with them.
  • They also provide an opportunity to build your capacity to support your child.

Volunteer in your child’s classroom and/or the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at the school.

A parent will learn what is happening in the school and in their child’s classroom by helping out with different activities or assisting the teacher. In most cases, the teacher is the best person to talk to about ways to volunteer.

Getting Involved: MEP Opportunities

Attend and participate in the MEP local and state Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

This council is made up of parents, MEP staff, and teachers. It can teach parents how to take part in the decision-making process and how to function as an advocate.

Speak to the MEP recruiter or other MEP staff to learn about how to access services and how to advocate for your child while traveling to other cities across the state or to different states.

The TMIP can also be contacted for assistance before and while traveling to work within the state and any other state in the US.

Serve on district/school committees, such as the MEP Local Needs Assessment Committee (LNAC).

This committee includes MEP staff, administrators, and parents, and it will provide an opportunity for you to learn about the specific needs of migrant students and families and to become part of the decision-making process to address those identified needs.

Contact the MEP staff for information about specific parent training sessions available in the district.

Many districts offer specific training sessions for parents on a variety of topics, such as parenting skills, assisting the child with homework, financing college, and more.

Learn about instructional services provided by your child’s school district, including those that the MEP may provide. Contact the MEP recruiter or other MEP staff for specific instructions on how to access these services for which your child may qualify. Some examples of instructional services include

  • A Bright Beginning early literacy program
  • Tutorial programs
  • Project SMART summer math program
  • Test preparation
  • Training on using tools and resources for math and reading
  • Tools for homework assistance

Learn about support services provided by your child’s school district, including those that the MEP may provide. For specific instructions on how to access these services for which your child may qualify, contact the MEP recruiter or other MEP staff. Some examples of support services include

  • Clothing (community agencies that help provide clothing)
  • Health, dental, eye care (Local community agencies and organizations that provide free eyeglasses, e.g., the Lions Club)
  • Nutrition (Snacks provided in tutorials and after-school programs; community agencies that help with food)
  • School supplies
  • Transportation

Using Technology to Stay Involved

Districts, schools, and the MEP may reach out to parents and families using many forms of communication, such as email, text, websites, and social media. With so many different ways to communicate, families may need help learning about and using these methods of communication.

In an effort to connect parents with schools, the MEP is prepared to help migratory families learn more about the technology available to them.

The MEP is available to help migratory families understand the technology their child needs. The MEP can provide training on how to use these devices, including desktop computers, laptop computers, iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, and tutorial assistance devices (e.g., Study Buddy, LeapFrog). Contact the local MEP recruiter or staff for information about how to use these devices at school and at home to support your child’s educational needs.

Migratory students may be able to borrow technology from the district MEP to have access to these devices at home or anywhere they might travel.

Most districts and schools have a website on which they post information for parents and students. However, some websites may be difficult to access and navigate. The MEP may provide training with in-person tutorials on how to access important information on the school’s website. Parents are encouraged to contact the district MEP or school staff for guidance on how to access the following useful information on the school website:

  • Calendars for school events
  • Enrollment information and required documents to submit
  • Student grades and assignments
  • Parent committee events and meetings (PTO/PTA, PAC, LPAC, etc.)
  • Volunteer forms and documentation
  • Email

Many school district staff communicate through email with parents and students. If you do not have an email account, reach out to your MEP staff for assistance.

  • Text

Many school district staff also communicate through text with groups of parents and students using apps such as Remind and Class Dojo. If your child’s teacher uses one of these apps, you will receive a code and instructions on how to connect. Contact your child’s teacher if you are not sure whether they use an app.

Online Surveys

There are many reasons why a school or district may send out surveys. Many school districts and educators send out questionnaires to

  • gather parents’ input about topics that are important to the student’s education. 
  • gather information about your child’s needs. 
  • know what program topics students and parents need.
  • know the best time of day for parents to attend a school program.

Most surveys are very simple and easy to complete and submit. However, if you have trouble with a survey, contact the MEP recruiter or staff for assistance.

Video Conferencing

Many teachers and school staff use video conferencing to host meetings and events with families. The conferencing platforms are free and allow you to use audio and video to meet virtually with school staff. Teachers may record conferences so you can watch later if you cannot attend the live session. There are many different platforms your child’s school may use, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet.

There are resources available for translation support to help you communicate with school staff and to navigate the school website. Many of these resources are free and can be accessed from laptops, computers, phones, and tablets. On a laptop or computer, most websites can be translated by right-clicking anywhere on the page and selecting Translate from the pop-up menu.

Keep in mind that translation resources may not always provide the exact translation, but they are useful in understanding a conversation and written content.

Google Translate

Google Translate is a tool available to translate text from a web browser or a downloadable app. Some of the more common uses include

  • Web browser
    • Go to the Google Translate webpage:
      Select "Websites" and enter the url address of the website you want translated.
      Be sure you have selected the Original language and the Translation language of your choice before clicking the arrow.
      Screenshot of the Google Translate web interface showing options for selecting the original language, including a 'Detect language' feature, and choosing a translation language, with English, Spanish, and Arabic visible in the dropdown menu.
  • Conversation
    • Open the app and select the conversation button at the bottom
    • Google translate will listen to the spoken language and translate it to the written language of your choice
  • Document
    • Touch the camera button at the bottom right of the screen
    • Place the paper in front of the camera to see a live translation of the document. You also have the options to take a picture and have the text translated

Say Hi Translate

SayHi Translate is a free tool to translate voice on your phone so you can have a conversation with someone who speaks another language. In the app, select the two languages you want to translate. Then tap the button under the language you will speak, and begin speaking. The application will translate your words into the other language and read it aloud to the other person.

Getting Involved: Additional Parenting Resources

There are many sources where parents can access helpful information.  Several websites are shared below.

Texas MEP Parents and Families Quarterly Newsletter

  • Find current and archived editions of this newsletter with timely information regarding Texas MEP activities.

General Parents and Families Quarterly Newsletter

  • This newsletter provides resources for parents and families to engage with their child at home and school.

Colorin Colorado

  • Many different suggestions and tips for parents are provided on this website that may be accessed in English, Spanish, and many other languages.

The Child Mind Institute

  • This website provides information to parents in English and Spanish to help transform the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.