ESOL & Migrant Education

Migrant Education Program

The Migrant Education Program is an educational program designed to cover the needs of children and youth between the ages of three and twenty-one. The program strives to ensure that the educational needs of migrant children are identified and addressed. 

Education prepares your children to be responsible citizens, to advance their knowledge, and to be productive employees in the future. The goal is for students to graduate or receive their GED. 

Does the program cover you if you work in another state? 

Yes. You could qualify, depending on your individual situation. The program promotes the coordination of migrant services if you move from state to state, or county to county within the same state. This ensures that education of your migrant child is not interrupted. Pertinent student school records are transferred in a timely manner. 

Do you qualify for the Migrant Education Program?

If you have moved to seek work in:

  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Livestock
  • Fishing
  • Packing

If yes, then your child (age 3-21) may qualify for:

  • Free vision screening for student K-3
  • School materials in Spanish and English
  • Orientation and referrals for health, education, and social services available for your family
  • Translation/interpretation services to better communicate with schools

 What services does the Migrant Program offer?

  • Support services, such as identification and recruitment of students that qualify for the program
  • Academic services for the needs of migrant students
  • Referral services for social and health programs and services available in the county 

Migrant Parent Advisory Council

The Migrant Parent Advisory Council is a district-wide entity of Migrant Program staff and migrant parents who meet annually to share information, ideas and concerns of issues affecting migrant families. 

Migrant Parent Advisory Council Member Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in annual meetings
  • Participate in one committee and attend committee meetings
  • Assist in the assessment of family needs and how to improve the MEP and MPAC

View the Florida Consent Decree, the State of Florida's framework for compliance with federal and state laws and jurisprudence regarding the education of ELL students. 

View information on Equal Access for English Language Learners, which was ordered by the US Supreme Court in Lau v. Nichols, 1974. 

Our work is guided by the District ELL Plan , which explains how educational opportunities and services are provided to bilingual and non-native speakers of English.

Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor

Miriam Blosser, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157

School Health Services
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County
Karen McCormack, Supervisor
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Dr. Dawn Clayton, Supervisor

Karen Frantz, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor

Tracey Cardenas, Program Manager
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32247

Tamika Herring-Snead, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34330

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