Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Central Michigan University. Migrant Education Center Organizational Records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Organizational records,
Creator: Central Michigan University. Migrant Education Center.
Inclusive dates: 1968, 1974, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 1 box)
The collection documents the center's history with curriculum, teacher guides and newsletters, as well as reports.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Central Michigan University. Migrant Education Center Organizational Records Organizational records are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Central Michigan University. Migrant Education Center Organizational Records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological.


Organizational History:

Central Michigan University (CMU) headed the State of Michigan's migrant education programs, 1969-1973, with its Migrant Education Center. The Center was funded by the state and had CMU employees. Dr. Joseph Spielberg headed the Center, which was part of the School of Education. The Center's goals were to provide professional personnel and training for prospective teachers, para-professionals, and specialists who would teach migrants. The Center's staff were responsible for summer sessions, teacher training, and curriculum development. Staff developed and produced teaching materials, such as FLICS (Foreign Language Innovative Curricula Studies), and in-service workshops for teachers who worked with migrants. During the summers, for six to eight weeks, school districts with large percentages of migrant children would hold summer sessions for the children, including day care, pre-kindergarten, and K-12 grade school sessions. There were also some evening adult literacy programs. Many of these programs were held in Traverse City (cherries) and the Thumb area (sugar beets) school districts. During this time, children under age of twelve were not allowed to pick in the fields, except for berries.

Funding for the Center from the state stopped in 1973. The State of Michigan, Department of Education, Migrant Education Department then became responsible for Migrant Education. This department limits its activities to monitoring migrant education programs. It does not develop or produce curriculum materials or workshops. (This information is from Barbara Kirk who worked in the CMU. Department of Education, Teachers Education and Professional Development, and who had previously worked for the Center, 1979-1973.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes newsletters and materials developed by or used by the Center's staff. Many of the publications are from the State of Michigan.

Subject Terms

    • Central Michigan University. Migrant Education Center.
    • Central Michigan University
    • Education--History--Michigan.
    • Education--Curricula--Michigan.
    • Foreign workers--United States.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Central Michigan University.Migrant Education Center Organizational records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Volumes, Beginning Lessons for Teaching Spanish to Small Children, by Elizabeth L. Etnire, copyright 1960, Division of Fields Studies, CMU, 1960
    Box   1 F   2
    Volumes, c, 1968
    Box   1 F   3
    Volumes, Description of Michigan Migrant Primary Inter-Disciplinary Project (MMPIP) materials; pre-school, kindergarten, primary age Spanish-speaking children by MMPIP, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Volumes, Developing Language Curricula, by the Michigan Department of Education, Lansing, Michigan, 1970
    Box   1 F   5
    Volumes, Early Childhood Education, by the Michigan Department of Education, Lansing, Michigan, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Volumes, Foreign Language Innovative Curricula Studies (FLICS),-Standard English as a Second Dialect (SESD) Guide Kindergarten, 1969
    Box   1 F   7
    Volumes, Foreign Language Innovative Curricula Studies (FLICS),-Spanish Guide Kindergarten, by Consuelo Miranda, Susana Unger, Cecilia Wilson, 1969
    Box   1 F   8
    Volumes, Goals and Activities for Improving Instruction in the Language Arts, by Sara R. Swickard, Nyla D. Shikoshi, Robert C. Newhouse, 1969
    Box   1 F   9
    Volumes, Guide to Head-start and Pre-k Curriculum, by the Head Start staff of the Lansing School District, copyright 1968, 1968
    Box   1 F   10
    Volumes, Interdisciplinary Oral Language Guide, 1970
    Box   1 F   11
    Volumes, Migrant Education Center News (Newsletters), 1971-1972
    Box   1 F   12
    Volumes, Open-ended Laboratory-centered for Grades 7-8-9, by the Committee of Science of the Michigan Cooperative Curriculum Program, by the Department of Public Instruction, Lansing, Michigan, copyright, 1965, 1965
    Box   1 F   13
    Volumes, Overview of the Elementary Schools and Curriculum, by the Michigan Department of Education, 1969
    Box   1 F   14
    Volumes, Patterns and Features of School Health Education in Michigan Public Schools, by the Michigan Department of Education, 1969
    Box   1 F   15
    Volumes, Spelling Encoding, by the Michigan Department of Education, circa 1970s
    Box   1 F   16
    Volumes, Suggested Study Guide for Language Arts, by the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Specifically Brookside School, 1960
    Box   1 F   17
    Volumes, Uses of the Outdoor Laboratory, by Beth Schultz, Western Michigan University, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Volumes, Writing by 45 Elementary School Students, by Oakland Schools, copyright 1974, 1974
    Box   1 F   19
    Volumes, Written Materials to Teach Migrants About Homemaking Skills (in Spanish), undated