October 2022

Welcome Everyone!!!

We are very close to wrapping up this month, although the year is going way too fast we are very happy to continue the hard work with energy and dedication. The Capital District RBERN is very exited to share upcoming PD's, meetings, and events. Please consider registering and remember RBERN is here to provide any assistance. Now let's continue to make this a great year by working together.
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Director: Virginia Guglielmo-Brady, Ed. D.

Lead Resource Support Specialist: Jessa Waterhouse

Resource Specialist: Kristen Vadnais

Program Support Specialist: Juanita Reyes Ph. D

Bilingual Administrative Assistant: Lianne Alcantara

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Teaching Exeptional Indiviadual, GCP

Buffalo State is helping educators complete graduate-level courses in bilingual inclusive education in just two semesters from anywhere! Courses are offered 100% online. For any questions please feel free to reach out to:

Gliset Colón, Ph.D.

Ketchum Hall 206

(716) 878-4639


***email preferred***

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Natural Hair Styling Program Opportunity:

Capital District EOC is starting a Natural Hair Styling program in January 2023. If you know anyone that might be interested please let Alton know or share the attached flyer with them.

The program is 330 hours which take approximately 3 months to complete. For any questions please feel free to reach out to Alton A. Camphell:

Alton A. Campbell

Coordinator of Instructional Services

Capital District Educational Opportunity Center – EOC

A Division of Hudson Valley Community College

431 River Street Troy, NY 12180 Phone: 518-273-1900 x 2215


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RBERN is exited to host a session proving a series of virtual Synchronous and Asynchronous trainings and webinars for Special Area teachers of ELLs , Parent-Coordinators, Administrators, and other Education related Stakeholders!!

Valley Equity (Dr. Gliset Colon)

Title: Equitable Family Engagement for Multilingual Learners led by Dr. Gliset Colon

Description: The Equitable Family Engagement for Multilingual Learners series is for teachers, parent-coordinators, administrators, and other education related stakeholders. This learning series will consist of a combination of in-person and virtual workshops and is informed by the most current evidence-based research on parent and family engagement and delivery of services to multilingual students and their families. Participants who attend the “Equitable Family Engagement for Multilingual Families” series will be able to assess the effectiveness of their own family engagement efforts and learn about equitable family engagement practices.

Three half-day in person sessions:

a. November 7, 2022 (9am-12pm) Reframing family engagement for multilingual learners

b. February 6, 2023 (9am-12pm) Family engagement strategies

c. June 7, 2023 (9am-12pm) Sharing of educator artifacts; Reflections; Planning for the future

Four virtual after school workshops:

December 13, 2022 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

January 23, 2023 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

March 13, 2023 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

April 3, 2023 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

Link to register:


**Just a kindly reminder a zoom link will be shared a day before the event**

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out, below is the contact information.

Thank you,


Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN)

10 Empire State Boulevard

Castleton, NY 12033

518.477.8771 ext: 6820

518.477.1335 (fax)

RBERN Library http://slsc.qstiii.opalsinfo.net

Bilingual Special Education Series led by (Dr.Tamara Alsace and Dr.Gliset Colon)

Description: This professional development series focuses on the areas of effective programmatic, instructional and assessment practices in bilingual special education. This learning series will be applicable for classroom teachers and related services personnel as well as administrators and other school/district leaders and is based on a developmental model to support and sustain school leaders and classroom teachers through a combination of in-person and virtual workshops. This learning series is informed by the most current evidence-based research on the continuum of services for English language learners/Multilingual learners (ELLs/MLLs) with disabilities.

The series will consist of three in-person half-day sessions:

The sessions will focus on preparing classroom teachers to implement the strategies discussed in the text and school leaders to lead the work and follow up on implementation of the strategies and practices presented to teachers. Each session will be held from 9:00am-12:30pm at Questar III BOCES.

• ½ day in person session (3.5 hours) December 12, 2022.

o Issues and trends in bilingual special education,

o Access to quality dual language/ENL education,

o CLRT in bi/multilingual inclusive settings

• ½ day in person session (3.5 hours) March 6, 2023.

o Culturally responsive assessment,


o IEP planning

• ½ day in person session (3.5 hours) June 6, 2023.

o Specially designed instruction for multilingual learners

o Writing development,

o Transition planning,

o Social-emotional learning

Link to register:


Tangible Development:

Title: Managing Our Implicit Bias: Supporting School Communities

Description: This virtual workshop will focus on developing a common language to inform discussion and work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding where implicit bias comes from and how it is connected to larger structural issues of inequality, connecting the learning and unlearning of implicit bias to enhancing the support for English Language Learners, and learning intergroup dialogue techniques and how to develop the techniques in the workplace.

Three part series:

Session 1: January 10, 2023

Session 2: January 31, 2023

Session 3: February 14, 2023

Time: 2:00-4:00

Link to register:


Building Skills for a Culture of Accountability: Facilitating Dialogues on Race and Racism

Description: This virtual workshop will focus on developing a common diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and racial justice language, identifying the five focus areas of empathy, awareness, vulnerability, navigating conflict, and thinking and acting outside of own lens, developing a theoretical and practical approach to using dialogue as a technique to apply racial justice practices, building knowledge, capacity, and skills on the connection between racism and inequities experienced by English Language Learners, and acquiring and practice skills navigating DEI and racial justice conflict through dialogue.

Three-part series:

Session 1: January 24, 2023 (Instructional Session)

Session 2: February 7, 2023 (Skill Building Session)

Session 3: February 28, 2023 (Skill Building Session)

Time: 2:00-4:00

Link to register:


Enduring Issues and ELLs

Description: This professional development opportunity will provide a brief overview of the Global History & Geography Regents Exam including Enduring Issues and the new US History & Government Regents Exam. Document sets will be provided to you with best use practices.

Date: 12/5/22

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Presenter: Jennifer Risko School Improvement Social Studies Specialist

Link to Register:


The Problem with Math is English - Book Study

Join us while we investigate the book The Problem with Math is English. This book illustrates how students often understand fundamental mathematical concepts at a superficial level. It offers a new way to approach teaching math content in a way that will improve how all students, and especially English language learners, understand math. We will investigate the conceptual understanding in mathematics including simple yet deep definitions of key terms, connections among key topics, and insightful interpretation.

This book study will consist of four Zoom meetings on 1/19, 2/16, 3/16 and 4/27 from 3:00-4:00 in addition to 12 asynchronous learning hours using Google Docs to answer questions based on the readings.

Participants who register before December 21 will receive a copy of the book.

Dates: 1/19/23, 2/16/23, 3/16/23, 4/27/23

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Presenters: Jessica Decker, Math Specialist and Kim Inglee, ELA Specialist

Link to Register:


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Department Of Education Update:

Please see attached memo regarding the NYSESLAT change.
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/ NYU RBERN PD / NYS HS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS for PARENTS & FAMILIES of HS ELLs - English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian & Spanish


Please share and disseminate this invitation to PD with your students, parents, parent coordinators, teachers of ELLs, and counselors.

New York State High School Graduation Requirements for ELL High School Seniors (Online Workshop

Thursday, November 3, 2022, | 6PM - 7:30 PM

This workshop is designed for Parents and Families of High School English Language Learners (ELLs) in NYC/NYS. This workshop will help ELL Parents, and Families familiarize themselves with the courses, exams, and other requirements; ELLs need to qualify for a High School Diploma in New York State.

Audience: Parents and Families of English Language Learners (ELLs) / High School Seniors

Presenters: NYS Language RBERN Resource Specialists

Languages: English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian & Spanish (FLYERS IN EACH LANGUAGE ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL)



Xiomara Rodriguez

Research Associate/Project Assistant


Division of Ed/Metropolitan Center,
The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University
726 broadway

New York, NY 10003


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New York's Libraries Information Network- College Programs in Spanish

Programa de Planificación Universitaria Virtual

Tuesday, November 1, 6 PM

Se invita a los padres y estudiantes a unirse a este programa para aprender más sobre el proceso universitario. Discutiremos: por qué la universidad, tipos de universidades, dónde comenzar, ayuda financiera, formularios FAFSA y mucho más. Este programa es presentado por Wendoli Tejada, Consejero adjunto en la Oficina de Admisiones, SUNY WCC.


Sesión informativa virtual de SUNY WCC

Tuesday, November 8, 6 PM

Las sesiones de información sobre admisiones de SUNY Westchester Community College brindan la oportunidad de aprender sobre los más de 65 programas de grado diferentes, los servicios para estudiantes, los requisitos de admisión y el proceso de inscripción. Este programa es presentado por Wendoli Tejada, Consejero adjunto en la Oficina de Admisiones, SUNY WCC.


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Citizenship Preparation:

The attached flyers are for anyone interested in seeking naturalized Citizenship in the United States. We are proud to offer these through the Office for New Americans Opportunity Center. Please note the unique opportunity tonight (Monday, Oct 24th) to ask questions pertaining to the citizenship process. Just join the zoom meeting at the link provided.

The Citizenship Preparation classes require pre-registration and are for individuals with, at minimum, an advanced beginner level of English and at least 4.5 years residence in the U.S.

For any questions please contact Sara Zaidspiner:

Sara Zaidspiner

Education Specialist

Office for New Americans Opportunity Center

99 Pine Street

Albany, NY 12207 | 518-512-9816

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Noticias y/e Notas/ समाचार और नोट्स/新闻和笔记: News for the Spanish/Portuguese Speaking, Asian, Indigenous, Immigrant and Refugee Communities of Upstate New York and New England©


Portraits of rage, racism and horror at FilmColumbia- Hudson Register Star

Guilderland High students walk out, citing racism- Albany Times Union

Newly-founded Korean senior center in Watervliet in need of funding- Troy Record

Images: Cancer Service Program at Centro Civico in Amsterdam Wednesday (18 photos)- Amsterdam Recorder

Amsterdam community center project shifts from rehab to new build- Amsterdam News

New York House Republicans urge reversal of farm labor overtime change- Spectrum News


East Ramapo touts improved food service at schools after parents, kids decry quality-

Rockland/Westchester Journal News


'Day Of Dignity' event hosted by Barakah Muslim Charities provided food, clothing and school supplies to Rochester's needy- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Controversial redistricting plan approved by Monroe County Legislature- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


Seneca Arts kids color Tree of Hope tags- Salamanca Press

Sempolinski concerned over Gillibrand's Upstate migrant housing- Olean Times Herald


Film traces the Christian heritage of Africa and people of African descent- Plattsburgh Press-Republican

Plattsburgh Film Forum dedicated to late SUNY professor- Plattsburgh Press-Republican


Ubiera-Minaya named executive director of Raw Art Works- Salem News

Asian filmmakers get showcase- Lowell Sun

Berkshire Black Economic Council holds Speed Networking Expo to increase the visibility of Black entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses in the Berkshires- Berkshire Eagle

'Representation matters so much': Local group for Latina business owners is launched- New Bedford Standard-Times

Worcester County receives $2.6M from HUD to address youth homelessness- Worcester

Telegram & Gazette

Thelma Cabrera, former Guatemalan presidential candidate will speak in New Bedford- New Bedford Standard-Times

'See the goodness': Desmond Tutu's legacy lives on in Norwell's Stewart Ting Chong- Quincy Patriot Ledger


New Britain Latino Coalition raises Puerto Rican flag in Central Park to celebrate Hispanic- New Britain Herald

CT student performance decreased over the pandemic- Hearst Connecticut Media

Man who lived in Bridgeport under stolen identity for 20 years faces deportation- Connecticut Post

Middletown welcomes 68 new US citizens at 'profoundly moving' ceremony- Middletown Press

Bridgeport's Liceo Cubano brings together Hispanic community, even as membership drops- Connecticut Post

Hartford Hispanic Health Council’s new center to bring services to help change lives, a ‘dream come true’- Hartford Courant

At a Hartford school, an activist’s legacy and a call for students to find their own ‘superpower’ for good- Hartford Courant


Reading and math test scores fell across US during pandemic. How did Rhode Island fare?-

Providence Journal

'Really cool space in the city': Once a popup, Yagi Noodles now in the center of it all-

Newport Daily News


State Senate candidates in Vermont’s most diverse district emphasize equity- VTDigger

As Mike Pieciak’s political star rises, his role regulating EB-5 projects looms in the background- VTDigger


Visibles: Living with the presence of guerrillas didn't diminish Ariel Duque's spirit- New Hampshire Public Radio

Lawsuit alleges N.H. state trooper profiled Latino driver in 2019 traffic stop- New Hampshire Public Radio

Republican lawmakers explore expanding role of school boards- New Hampshire Bulletin


Maine housing officials say House candidate's story is false- Associated Press

Maine Afghan community group elects women to leadership roles- Portland Press Herald

Meet the 5 candidates running for Brewer City Council- Bangor Daily News

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WILL Community Bulletin for November!

Attached, please find the November edition of the WILLOW Community Bulletin for reading and sharing with your community.

As always, if you have something to be highlighted in December, please have to me by 11/15. For any information please contact Lara Madison:

Lara Madison

Program Director

Women and Infants Linking Lifetime Opportunities for Wellness (WILLOW/PICHC)

175 Green Street

Albany, New York 12202




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The Capital District RBERN would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions. Our offices are open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.