Multicultural Education and Migrant Education Programs (MEP)
Melissa Patterson, Director
Phone: (561) 434-8010
3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, Suite A-204
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Purpose and Functions
Multicultural Education serves to meet the language and academic needs of a diverse student population of English Language Learners (ELLs) who represent 16% of the total K-12 student population. A keystone of the department is initiating educational programs that ensure the academic progress of ELLs through the following:
- Support services in schools to comply with District, State, and Federal requirements.
- Professional learning opportunities to offer instructional strategies and support aligned the unique needs of ELLs in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Dual Language programs.
- Bilingual/bicultural counseling and social services to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of English Language Learners.
- Facilitation of ESOL required training to satisfy requirements of the Florida Consent Decree.
- Providing language related instructional resources aligned to the standards and designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners.
- Advocating for all students to ensure equitable educational opportunities are provided at all schools.
- Coordinating parent engagement opportunities to increase parental involvement.
- Allocating resources to schools to serve English Language Learners.
- Support families with student registration through the Welcome Center.
- Translation and interpretation services to provide comprehensible input for students and families.
Migrant Education Program (MEP)
The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migratory students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. This federally funded program supports high-quality education programs for migrant children that move among districts/states and helps to ensure these students are not generalized in any manner by disparities in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards.