The Adams State University Migrant Education program sponsored Family Night on June 23, at the Alamosa Elementary K2 Building. The event showcased student work created during the Colorado Binational Teacher Exchange Program.

Diana Jones, Milka Munoz Meraz, Azucena Morales Ramirez, Esmeralda Martinez, Luis Murillo
Diana Jones, Alamosa School District superintendent; Milka Munoz Meraz, binational teacher from the state of Morelos, Mexico; Azucena Morales Ramirez, binational teacher from the state of Morelos, Mexico; Esmeralda Martinez, Migrant Education Program director; Luis Murillo, Alamosa School District assistant superintendent.

The program hosted two binational teachers from the State of Morelos, Mexico, Milka Munoz Meraz and Azucena Morales Ramirez. The teachers co-taught with regular classroom teachers, in the mornings and engaged all students, attending summer school in the afternoons, in cultural and hands-on activities.

Meraz and Ramirez planned experiential learning opportunities with migrant students, including visiting the zoo and the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Esmeralda Martinez, Migrant Education Program director, and her staff were instrumental in the binational program success including the Migrant Education Family Night, which was organized by Meraz and Ramirez. “The event was a great success, thanks to the amazing attendance of parents and students which superseded the expectation,” Martinez said. She appreciates the Alamosa School District staff and administrators, including Lori Smith, Diana Jones, and Luis Murillo, for their collaboration to enhance educational opportunities for migrant students.

Colorado Binational Teacher Exchange Program Family Night“We look forward to continuing to increase identification and recruitment of migrant families with support from school districts and community,” Martinez added. “A special thank you to Mrs. Elisa Maria Heredia for amazing hospitality and sharing her home with the binational teachers.”