Morgan County School District RE-3 and Director of MENA Mark Rangel Host Delegates from Cyprus

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Mark Rangel, the Director of Migrant Education Newcomers Academy for Morgan County School District Re-3 in Fort Morgan, Colorado in conjunction with OneMorgan County, hosted international guests at the Migrant Education Newcomer Academy.

Mark Rangel, the Director of Migrant Education Newcomers Academy for Morgan County School District Re-3 in Fort Morgan, Colorado in conjunction with OneMorgan County, hosted an international visitation at the Migrant Education Newcomer Academy, the visitors were two delegates from Cyprus, Ms. Dora-Maria Defteras and Dr. Ahmet Adalier.

The Migrant Education Newcomers Academy (MENA) is designed to serve migrant middle school and high school students who are non-English proficient (NEP) and have no formal education or very limited formal education. ELL instruction, content skill development, and social cultural readiness are the focus of the program. Strong interagency collaboration with OneMorgan County, CBOCES, and others provides a network of support for students and families.

Ms. Defteras’ and Dr. Adalier’s visit to Fort Morgan was arranged by the Institute of International Education Rocky Mountain Center and World Learning, both members of the National Council for International Visitors, under the sponsorship of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The goal of the International Visitor Leadership Program, as with all people-to-people exchanges of the U.S. Department of State, is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.

Mark Rangel, Brenda Zion with OneMorgan County, and Fort Morgan Police Chief Kuretich targeted at-risk-youth issues and immigrant integration in Fort Morgan. The discussion also focused on the close relationship between law enforcement and the nonprofit and educational communities and highlighted the efforts of Mr. Rangel’s and Ms. Zion’s organizations.

The meeting also illustrated the necessary partnerships between the police department, NGOs, and schools in addressing at-risk-youth issues.

Mark Rangel is also a consultant for Educational Research and Training Corporation, serves on the Board of Directors for the UNC Alumni Association, Colorado Department of Education Advisory Boards for: Concurrent Enrollment, Language, Culture and Equity, and the Committee of Practitioners.

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