RBERN West Newsletter

September 11, 2020

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back, WNY educators! We hope you are returning to school refreshed and prepared for an unprecedented start to the 2020-2021 school year. We stand ready to support you as we navigate the challenges this new school year brings. In this first edition of our newsletter, we want to provide you with some updated, essential information for you to reference as we begin this journey together.


Denise Góñez-Santos

Executive Director, RBERN West

URGENT NEWS

SERVICE RECIPIENTS & POPULATION

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100 school districts and charter schools (75 with ELLs)


4 BOCES regions (Erie 1, Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus, Cattaraugus-Allegany, Orleans-Niagara)


9,281 ELLs in WNY


121 Languages spoken, Top 5 are:

  • Spanish (36.2%)
  • Arabic (17.1%)
  • Karen (5.3%)
  • Somali (4.8%)
  • Burmese (4.7%)

OUR TEAM

Denise Góñez-Santos, Executive Director

dgonez-santos@e1b.org | (716) 821-7546


Michael Duffy, Resource Specialist

mjduffy@e1b.org | (716) 821-7510


Melissa Duquette, Resource Specialist

mduquette@e1b.org | (716) 821-7515


Claribel González, Resource Specialist

cgonzalez@e1b.org | (716) 821-7570



Dawn Novak, Office Manager

dnovak@e1b.org | (716) 821-7531



Tamara Alsace, Ph.D., School Improvement Resource Specialist


Ruth Casillas, School Improvement Resource Specialist


José Rivera, Ph.D., School Improvement Resource Specialist

YOUR CONTACT FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ON CR PART 154

About Us

The Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network West is part of a statewide system of support, funded by the NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBE-WL).


Mission: Collaborate with educators, parents, and community members to promote academic excellence and ensure high school graduation for all multilingual learners.


Vision: A community that provides access to an excellent and equitable education for multilingual learners that prepares them to be prosperous participants of a free and democratic society.