About Us

The proper identification and recruitment (ID&R) of migrant children and youth is thestates
foundation on which all other services and migrant education programs (MEPs) are delivered. This first step in the process of service delivery to meet migrant student needs is critical. There has been an overarching need for improvements made to how states conduct ID&R and the quality and consistency in which it occurs.

The Identification& Recruitment Rapid Response Consortium (IRRC) is a consortium of 14 states (AZ, CO, DE, GA, IL, IA, KS, ME, Lead State of NE, NM, NY, OK, SC, and TN). We are addressing Absolute Priority 1 of the Migrant Education Program to provide services designed to improve the proper and timely identification and recruitment of eligible migratory children whose education is interrupted. In response to the identified need for greater consistency and quality in ID&R—especially due to the high turnover in MEP state directors, local administrators, and recruiters, through the IRRC, states will expand and improve infrastructures for interstate coordination through 3 goals:

1) Design and develop systems, materials, strategies, and resources for the consistent and
reliable ID&R of eligible migrant children and youth that are adaptable to small and large states,
summer and regular year programs, and diverse state and local contexts.
2) Expand states’ capacity through the sharing of resources, mentoring, and the deployment
of a Rapid Response Team of veteran ID&R specialists; and
3) disseminate effective evidence-based ID&R practices throughout the MEP community.


IRRC Work Groups

  1. Targeted Response to ID&R (TRI)-   Team Leader- Mike Toole (KS)

TRI technical support team (comprised of a small group of veteran recruiters) will be deployed to member states requesting support to offer technical assistance and support in the areas of interview/re-interview techniques, eligibility determination issues, and effective/impactful recruitment techniques and strategies. TRI team activities and efforts will be responsive to member state needs and will hold as their overarching goal the increased and improved recruitment of eligible migrant children across member states.

  1. State ID&R Plans/State Profiles/State Action Plans-   Team Leader- Lindsay Ickes (NE)

Team members will review existing member state ID&R plans, then offer technical assistance to states in developing and implementing state ID&R plans that clearly outline ID&R goals, activities, quality control measures, professional development initiatives, and data usage for improvement across member states. This process of review, development, and implementation will strive to ensure an increased level of consistency and clarity in the way state ID&R plans are written with the ultimate goal of improved member state ID&R systems, processes, and procedures.  

  1. Dissemination-   Team Leader- Jessica Castaneda  (TN)

Group responsibilities will include the creation and launch of the IRRC website, creation and distribution of the IRRC newsletter, completion of the IRRC Lit Review, and the dissemination of best practices and highly effective ID&R strategies, practices, and techniques. Dissemination group will assume overall responsibility for Consortium “messaging” and how Consortium activities, goals, objectives, and ongoing achievements are expressed to partner agencies and external entities.

  1. Partnerships/agri-business relationships-   Team Leader-  Ken Milbrodt

The Partnerships team will be responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with agri-businesses and agencies. Formal agreements will be entered into with these entities so that increased access to eligible migrant workers will be achieved. 

  1. Competency based training-   Team Leader-  Cye Fink  (OR)

The Competency-based training group will oversee the development of professional development/competency-based skills tests that lead to ID&R master certification. Team members will draw on the most effective training and professional development methods and techniques across member states (as well as internal capacity and expertise) and beyond to ensure that recruiters trained through IRRC receive high quality and effective training that reflects thoroughness, consistency, and extensive expertise.