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Research, Training & Product Development

Funding Sources

  • USDE/Migrant Education (through New York, Florida, Maryland, and Texas SEDs)

  • USDE/Office of Educational Research & Improvement

  • USDE/Ethnic Heritage Studies Program

  • USDE/Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education


  • NYSDSS/Refugee Assistance Program

  • Other Local, Regional and State Agencies

Training and service models and materials developed by the Center have long received national recognition and wide dissemination. "A Force for Change: The Education of Teachers of Migrant Children" received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in 1969. Project CHILD (Comprehensive Help for Individual Learning Differences), the Center's program of integrated services for migrant children and their families, was validated as an exemplary program in 1973 by the U.S. Office of Education - National Institute of Education.

Center staff are active in regional and national migrant service organizations, hosting state-wide and regional conferences, and presenting at national conferences.

The Geneseo Migrant Center was an early leader in conducting workshops for teachers of migrant children. In its first seven years, the Center trained teachers from Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia as well as New York.

The Center receives grants and contracts from out-of-state agencies to conduct research projects, develop educational resources, and coordinate interstate service programs. Other states funding Center projects have included: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. The Center has also worked with almost every state in the nation.

In the late 1960s, research data on farm labor migrancy in this area were limited and sometimes inaccurate. Between 1968 and 1977, the Center sponsored and published basic research on subjects including migrant housing, earnings, day care and preschool facilities, farmwork mechanization, and the interactions of migrant children and teachers in classrooms.

Since then, other significant studies have been conducted. They include: Alcohol Use among Migrant Laborers (1983), which studied migrant alcohol use in Livingston and Wyoming Counties. Exemplary Programs for Migrant Children (1974) and Models of Effective Migrant Programs (1987) were published by ERIC/CRESS.

In 1987 a special issue of New York Folklore published Center research on migrant arts.

In 1994 and 1995 the United States Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement funded Migrant Farmworker Students: Decisions Involved in Post-Secondary Participation and Success. This was a major study of factors predicting success in post-secondary education for migrant students.

Research from the MESA (Migrant Education Secondary Assistance) project provided baseline data on migrant education at the secondary level. The National Program for Secondary Exchange and Accrual (NPSCEA) continued the work, providing educators with strategies for improving migrant students' accrual of credits toward high school graduation.
The National PASS (Portable Assisted Study Sequence) Center revises and develops semi-independent study courses to help mobile migrant students comply with demanding state standards. The Center is a clearinghouse for PASS information.

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