We are very trilled to start this month with excitement. The Capital District RBERN would like to share with you all great upcoming events that we would love your support. As always remember that RBERN is here to provide any help, now let’s continue to work together !

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  • Director: Virginia Guglielmo-Brady, Ed. D.
  • Lead Resource Support Specialist: Jessa Waterhouse
  • Resource Specialist: Kristen Vadnais
  • Program Support Specialist: Ricardo Estremera
  • Program Support Specialist: Juanita Reyes Ph. D
  • Bilingual Administrative Assistant: Lianne Alcantara
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The Capital RBERN District would like to share with you all a list of opportunities:


Attached, please find the WILLOW Community Resource Bulletin for February 2023 for your reading and sharing enjoyment!

As always, if you have something to highlight for next month, please send me the info by 2/15-

Warmest Regards,


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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Albany Refugee Roundtable-Roundtable] Upcoming workshops and citizenship class

Dear colleagues and others working with refugees and immigrants,

I hope this email finds you doing well. I’m writing to remind you that we have a workshop for parents tomorrow. While aware of cultural differences in child rearing, the topic is how to teach and guide children in dealing with money. The prior workshop on this topic for Burmese parents led to a very fruitful discussion. Please invite any parents of school-age children who speak English, Dari, or Pashto. They do not need to register in advance…just follow the zoom link in the flyer that’s attached.

I also wanted to give you a heads up that we will be offering an expert-led workshop on taxes. It will be held on February 15th with a Burmese and Karen interpreter. Watch for a flyer in the near future.

Finally, I want to let you know that the new quarter of Citizenship Preparation classes will begin on Monday, February 6th. You do need to register in advance for this class. Please refer to the attached flyer.

Thanks again for all your help in distributing these flyers and personally inviting people who may benefit.



Sara Zaidspiner

Education Specialist

Office for New Americans Opportunity Center


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One Workshop Raising Money Literate Children Pashto:

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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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Summer Workshops:

The Capital District RBERN would like to share with you all this opportunity. Please see message below:

I’m writing today to give you an update on registrations for our summer Unit Design workshops to be held in your regions. The workshop to be held at Questar III in July has 21 registrants and the Mid-State one has 28. I’m confident these will double before we get to the summer. If there is anything you can do to promote these workshops in your region (email blast to principals/teachers in your regions), it would be greatly appreciated. You can find the information on these sessions as well as the link to our website below.

We’re also offering a workshop to be held at the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES for Northern NY teachers, a venue which may welcome teachers from regions shared by your two RBERNs. This is our first venture to help offer workshops in Northern NY, where we have not been able to visit in the past given our limited staff. I’m hoping that Northern NY teachers, several of whom have reached out to inquire if an in-person workshop could be scheduled, will come out in force to support this and future workshops in this area. Again, if this is anything you could do to support attendance at this event with your contacts in Northern NY, it would be greatly appreciated! Unit Design Workshops for Checkpoint B (Summer 2023)

In an effort to assure that as many NYS world language educators as possible are prepared to revise their Checkpoint B curricula prior to implementation of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages in September of 2023, OBEWL will host unit design workshops for Checkpoint B in the summer of 2023. Although the examples given will be for Checkpoint B, these workshops are open to teachers of any level (Checkpoints A through C). The events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch on your own) on two consecutive days. Participants must commit to attending both days. Participants who satisfy the attendance requirements of this workshop will receive a total of eight (8) hours of CTLE credit. To participate, educators must register in advance using the online form. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the venue capacity has been reached. These sessions are offered free of charge, are in-person only, and will not be recorded for future viewing. Below are the list of dates and locations by region. Click here to access the registration form.

  • Capital: Thursday, July 13th - Friday, July 14th - Questar III BOCES (10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033)
  • Mid-State: Thursday, July 27th - Friday, July 28th - OCM BOCES (110 Elwood Davis Rd., Liverpool, NY 13088)
  • Northern NY: Tuesday, August 8th - Wednesday, August 9th - Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES (23 Husky Lane, Malone, NY 12953)

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to contact below:


Candace R. Black

World Language Associate

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

New York State Education Department

2A Richmond Avenue, Park Lewis Hall

Batavia, NY 14020

Office: (518) 473-7505

Mobile: (585) 356-0951

Email: Candace.black@nysed.gov

Website: http://www.nysed.gov/world-languages

Symposium Website Link

I would like to share the link to the 2023 Symposium on Emergent MLs in Early Childhood website. The symposium is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 8-9, 2023. A new addition to the 2023 Symposium is that there will be a teacher forum on Wednesday afternoon, and an administrator forum on Thursday morning. It would be very much appreciated if you could please spread the word!

As always, feel free to reach out if there are any questions.

Thank you very much for your support!

With warmest regards,



Collette A. Farone-Goodwin

Resource Specialist, Mid-State RBERN

Onondaga Cortland Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services

(315) 433-2245 (Office)

(315) 481-0746 (Cell)

Symposium on Emergent Multilingual Learners Early Childhood - Feb. 8/9, 2023

cfaronegoodwin@ocmboces.org | http://www.ocmboces.org/rbern

Instructional Support Services at OCM BOCES

Visit: 110 Elwood Davis Road | Liverpool, NY 13088

Mail: P.O. Box 4754 | Syracuse, NY 13221

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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

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© 1/19/2023

Owing to a schedule that has obviously changed since I started sending this newsletter in 2004, I have for several years requested that when people ask me to publicize events, the request be accompanied with a title, hyperlink, and the text below. This is a time saver for me, and this policy has been listed numerous times. Because this newsletter has been a free service for two decades, I hoped that people would respect this request.

However, I keep getting requests that are not in the aforementioned format, most recently from an office in a New York State agency that has benefitted significantly from Noticias, in terms of finding contacts in areas where there are not large Latino communities. The individual in question kept making other requests for information that I could not divulge. It got to the point where I ignored the person’s requests.

Unfortunately, while I will be posting information about some events, like the Upstate Latino Summit, I will no longer accept posting requests from anyone. Please do not send anything. I appreciate the efforts of those who tried to adhere to the format I requested.


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‘Restoring Indigenous Voices’ exhibit opens in Woodstock- Kingston Daily Freeman


Nativa Cannabis, opening soon, will be Seneca Nation's first foray into cannabis industry- Gannett News Service

Anti-gun-violence program sets up shop on Pine Avenue- Niagara Gazette


‘Take Me To the Palace of Love’ on view at the SU Art Museum- Syracuse Post-Standard


‘Surround yourself with an amazing team’- Adirondack Daily Enterprise


'The racism we're experiencing is real': Tri-Town group stepping up the fight against hate- New Bedford Standard-Times

UMass Dartmouth professor developing app aimed at Portuguese with type 2 diabetes- O Jornal

Immigrant from Thailand writes about how construction career changed her life- MetroWest Daily News Op-Ed

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Report recommends training, mentoring of North Andover police chief- North Andover Eagle Tribune

HOMELESSNESS: What would it take to end homelessness in Brockton — as luxury housing keeps popping up?- Brockton Enterprise

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Weymouth teacher, actress and author draws on multicultural upbringing for new book- Qunicy Patriot Ledger

Tour Bristol Aggie's brand new campus with its brand new superintendent- Taunton Daily Gazette


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Mandela’s grandson celebrates King’s legacy at UMass- Daily Hampshire Gazette


New Haven's new anti-violence chief brings real-life experience- New Haven Register

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Norwalk BET chair leaves for Common Council seat vacated by Dominique Johnson, who became state rep- Norwalk Hour

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Filipino restaurant Zul Cafe & Grill opening second location in New Haven- Norwalk Hour

Lao New Year to Haitian Heritage Month: Norwich adopts calendar with 64 new holidays- Norwich Bulletin


Group seeks local presence of NAACP in Windsor County- Valley News


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Meet NHPR’s newest Couch Fellow, Jeongyoon Han- New Hampshire Public Radio

(I’m happy she is at a better public radio entity.)

Indigenous Peoples Day advocates apply full-court press- New Hampshire Union Leader


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Maine takes step toward launch of sports wagering, but betting still months away- Portland Press-Herald

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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!!

SYNCHRONOUS Virtual NYSESLAT Turnkey Training

This session provides participants with the required training to administer and score the NYSESLAT exam for English Learners. It is necessary for teachers to take this training only if they are new to the process. Teachers who have taken this training and administered/scored the NYSESLAT in previous years do not need to attend.

**This is a virtual session*** a zoom link will share a date before the event.

Date: Thursday March 30, 2023

Time: 8:00am-11:30am

Link To Register:


For any questions please feel free to contact:

Lianne Alcantara

Bilingual Administrative Assistant

Questar lll BOCES

10 Empire State Blvd.

Castleton, NY 12033

518-477-8771 ext:6820



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 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.

Virtual Sessions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Link to register:


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


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 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 be virtual:

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 via zoom.

- 1/2 day session (3.5 hours) March 6, 2023.

o Culturally responsive assessment,


o IEP planning

- 1/2 day session (3.5 hours) June 6, 2023.

o Specially designed instruction for multilingual learners

o Writing development,

o Transition planning,

o Social-emotional learning

***A zoom link will be share a day before the event***

Link to register:


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Description: Our on-demand course purpose is to expand strategies and tools that support English learners (ELs). Course format self-paced (asynchronous) environment for busy educators, engaging voice over power point presentations and videos of classroom instruction. Interactive questions, activities, and frequent opportunities for reflection. Access to a dynamic resource-sharing tool (Padlet) featuring tools from our books for collaboration and turnaround training. One hour of PD, earn an additional (2)PD hours by completing optional coursework.

***Open for everyone that it is interested***

Link to Register:



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:


Tangible Development:

Title: Building Skills for a Culture of AccountabilityFacilitating 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:


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Capital District RBERN Resources

Our website has many resources to help all educators of English Language Learners.
Check out our Events page for upcoming virtual workshops


Introducing NYS RBERN OnDemand: A tutorial video-oriented resource to support ELLs across New York State. This repository of knowledge is a collaboration between all NYS RBERNs. This resource includes seven major categories to address the needs of ELLs:

1. Instructional Design

2. Social-Emotional Learning

3. Family Engagement

4. Technology Integration

5. NYS Regulation

6. Assessment and Progress Monitoring

7. English Language Development

This resource will foster independent learning, provide foundational understanding for second language acquisition, and ensure equitable access to resources statewide. For more region-specific needs, your regional RBERN is ready and willing to meet your individual needs. We understand that every student, every classroom, every school, and every district is different. Therefore, this resource includes supports that are applicable to the needs of ELLs across NYS as a whole according to statewide initiatives. Your regional RBERN has the knowledge and resources to address the unique needs of your ELL populations.



Capital District RBERN displays a translation services list on their website. This list contains more than 80 language assistants offering about 19 or more languages.

Disclaimer: The Capital Region RBERN offers this list as a reference and does not endorse any particular entity.

**Your student’s school is required to provide you an interpreter for pertinent meetings and should also provide key information translated into your preferred native language.

La escuela de su hijo/a debe proporcionarle un intérprete para las reuniones pertinentes y también debe proporcionar información clave traducida a su idioma nativo preferido.