MCOE's Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament wins Excellence in Education Award 

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Honors for Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament

For Immediate Release – April 30, 2015

Contact: Barry Brown / Communications and Public Relations Officer  (831) 784-4245

Monterey County School Boards Association Honors Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament with “Excellence in Education” Award


SALINAS, CA – The Monterey County School Boards Association honored MCOE’s Migrant Education Program Region XVI Speech and Debate Tournament with its “Excellence in Education” award at its annual dinner and organizational meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) University Center.


The Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament, now in its sixth year, provides students in 6th through 12th grade with a meaningful context to sharpen their public speaking skills, listen, analyze and communicate persuasively and responsively.


"The ability to speak in public and learn to persuade and defend one's point of view are skills that will serve young adults throughout their lives. For these reasons we selected MCOE's Migrant Education Region XVI Speech and Debate Program for the Monterey County School Boards Association Excellence in Education Award," said Dr. Bettye Lusk, President, Monterey County School Boards Association, and President, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education.


“The Speech and Debate tournament gives our students an opportunity to grow academically, linguistically and socially,” said Dr. Ernesto Vela, Director II, Migrant Education Region XVI.  “Students learn the importance of preparation and hard work, while building confidence that will serve them throughout their academic and professional careers.”


The Migrant Education Program – Region XVI is operated by the Monterey County Office of Education. It is the largest Migrant Education program in the country, serving approximately 13,100 migrant students and young adults. Working in partnership with schools, local community agencies, and families, the Migrant Education Program provides a variety of academic and social support services for preschool aged children, in-school students, and out of school youth.

About the Monterey County School Boards Association: The Monterey County School Boards Association helps governance teams fulfill their school district’s educational missions by providing information and training on governance standards and current issues.


Excellence in Education Award Criteria:  A program that is available and accessible to students countywide, has a transformative and significant impact on students’ quality of life, and demonstrates a commitment to exceeding expectations in pursuit of addressing significant, unmet student needs.


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