More than 700 parents and 1500 students were in attendance. Janie Flores, Coordinator of Migrant Education Region 21 for BCSD, said, “This was a collaborative effort with us and four other Migrant programs in the area. This is the first time we have held a regional migrant parent conference, and I believe it was extremely successful.”
Workshop sessions for parents covered a variety of topics geared toward a successful and positive educational experience for students. Topics included: The Importance of Socio-Emotional Education, Creating a University Culture for Migrant Students, and Chronic Stress in the Migrant Population. “Today was a fun-filled learning experience for both the students and the parents,” Flores added, “The students had educational sessions and cultural celebrations and the parents heard about a variety of valuable resources that are available to them.”
During the event, several migrant students, parent and alumni were recognized for their participation and contributions to their respective Migrant Programs. Special guests included Dr. Mary Barlow, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and Lynette Zelezny, President of California State University.
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