November 2020

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RBERN is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department.

November is......

Upcoming Events

Professional Development:

You can sign up for one or all of them! For more information on registration and full workshop descriptions check out our events page on our website: https://rbern.org/events/

You can also check out our website for additional workshop schedules and important information and resources for teachers, parents and students!

The RBERN is a CTLE approved sponsor and our events meet the requirements for ELL specific professional development. Our events are free but registration is required on Frontline (My Learning Plan) link.

PR/HYLI is sponsored by the New York State Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force and the New York State Education Department. PR/HYLI participants develop leadership skills. They also have the opportunity to interact with positive role models such as Puerto Rican/Latino elected officials, educators, and business leaders, and develop in-depth knowledge of the state legislative process.

This year’s Institute is scheduled virtually for March 13-14, 2021. During the two-day Institute, selected students participate in leadership activities, network with high school students from across New York State, participate in a mock assembly, interact with legislators and attend a Student Recognition Celebration where seniors are eligible to win scholarships.

In preparation for the Institute, a local training program will be conducted by the Capital District RBERN on select Saturdays from December to March of 2021 at Questar III BOCES or online based on student/parent preference.

PR/HYLI Trainers are available to facilitate virtual recruitment sessions upon request. Please reach out to schedule your session soon! Se habla español.

The application is now available online at https://rbern.org/prhyli/.

Completed applications and sealed transcripts MUST be postmarked by Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Sealed transcripts must be mailed to:

Capital District RBERN / PRHYLI


10 Empire State Blvd.

Castleton, NY 12033

If you have any questions, please reach out to Yulissa Gomez, Program Support Specialist for the RBERN at yulissa.gomez@questar.org or phone number (518) 479-6820.

50th Anniversary Virtual Conference of NYS TESOL

Don’t miss out on the NYS TESOL Virtual Conference on November 13 & 14, 2020.
Register Now

The conference fee includes: the full two days of conference activities, access to recordings of all sessions, and NYS TESOL membership through 2021

CD RBERN Resources

WNYT-TV Top Teacher Nomination

Do you know an AMAZING teacher in our region? Consider nominating her/him for the Top Teacher award here: https://wnyt.com/top-teacher/
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.


NYS School Reopening Plans CD RBERN Region

If you are interested in learning about districts like yours and their reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year, they are available on school websites. The CD RBERN has collected the plans for schools in our region on this spreadsheet. Feel free to find districts similar to yours (in ELL population, location, etc.) to see the amazing considerations educators have for our ELLs when starting the 2020-21 school year

Other Resources

New York State Department of Education

New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)

New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)

Parent Guide to Understanding the NYSESLAT Score Report

PARENT DASHBOARD: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to making data available and easy to use. This site provides a first step so families can be better informed as they work to advance student achievement.

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

October 2020 Newsletter - coming soon

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBE-WL) and the New York State Regional Bilingual Education Resource Networks (RBERNs) are gathering data on the use of technology for ELLs in your district.

This data will be used to inform the mission of the Digital Age Teaching for ELLs Workgroup which includes "empowering teachers of ELLs with research-based strategies, tools, and instructional methods that support hybrid and remote-only learning models."

We kindly ask that you provide your input by completing the survey found below.

Please note that your responses will be kept on a secure server in accordance with Education Law Section 2-d and all personally identifiable information will be omitted if the results are publicly shared.

Please forward this survey to other educators in your district.

Link to survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEAEG9DZKVcEZC6mnpxz94pcyCgh_Ed51O7yPXgvgK7d2xMg/viewform

The Office of Higher Education (OHE)

Come explore with us the latest Jennifer Serravallo book titled, Connecting With Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning. During this FREE two-session book study, participants will discuss how to best adapt their teaching practices for remote learning. We will focus on students' needs and explore: Prioritizing, Scheduling, Streamlining, Engaging Students, Conferring, and, Student Partnerships.

Session Requirements: 1) Own or have access to a copy of the book: Connecting With Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning by Jennifer Serravallo; 2)Commit to the two sessions: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 3:30-4:30.

Please Click here to order book or copy and paste the following link in your web browser: https://www.heinemann.com/products/e13229.aspx

Dates: November 18 and December 2

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Kim Inglee and Karen Kohler

Target Audience: K-8 Educators

Connecting with Students Online: Book Study

The City University of New York - Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE)

Supporting Immigrants in Schools

NYSITELL Parent Waiver for Remote Learning Students translated into ten languages other than English.

Instructional Units of Study Guidance

Fall 2020 - Webinar: Teaching in Blended & Hybrid Models

Financial Relief & Discount Guide For Low Income Students

They update and list the latest government, non-profit and private resources that offer financial assistance to students from low income families who are currently in college or high school. It covers loans, scholarships, grants, COVID-19, health care and other available financial relief programs for students from low income families.

Family Engagement Resources
The Mid-West, Mid-State and West Region RBERNs have created family engagement resources in multiple languages.
Click here to access
Unite for Literacy Resources
Click here to access to books narrated in 45 languages!
Looking for more virtual professional development opportunities? NYS TESOL offers many webinars on a variety of topics. Click the link below to access their list of upcoming webinars.
NYS TESOL Webinars

SUNY New Paltz: MSED In Second Language Education - TESOL

SUNY New Paltz offers a Master of Science in Education in Second Language Education. This thirty-six credit program leads to certification (initial and professional) in English to Speakers of Other Languages (Pre K-12).

SUNY New Paltz Virtual Graduate Open House Week!

Open House Week November 16-19 from 6-7:30pm EST. Register Now!

SUNY Oneonta: Bilingual Education Advanced Certificate
Bilingual Educators are in high demand. SUNY Oneonta is offering an online program for this high-need area.

Click here for more information.

Fordham TESOL/Bilingual Ed Programs:
Fordham University is offering programs for an Advanced Certificate in TESOL or an Extension Certificate in Bilingual Education. Fordham will offer participating teachers a 70% tuition reduction.

The College of Saint Rose TESOL Program:

The Thelma P. Lally School of Education at The College of Saint Rose has launched a new online advanced certificate in Teaching English as a New Language. This graduate certificate of advanced study in TESOL enables those with initial teacher certification in early childhood, childhood, or adolescence education to earn NYSED certification as a teacher of English as a New Language.

NYS Office of New Americans Resources
Click here to access current ways in the Albany region that adults can access free ESL classes virtually during the pandemic.
Support Ed
Practical Strategies and Resources to Teach K-12 ELLs online from.
Click here to access

Colorin Colorado
Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools

English Language Arts and Mathematics Bridge Documents

To help educators best prepare their students for the 2020-2021 school year, we have created documents listing all the Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Previous grade-level standards are arranged next to current grade-level standards. The formatting of this document allows educators to note whether instruction was face-to-face or remotely executed. Designed to foster dialogue between current teacher(s) and the previous year’s teacher(s), this resource may help educators identify the method that was used to teach each standard as well as to provide recommendations for the 2020-2021 school year. These documents are available at http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction/curriculum-bridge

Virtual SLIFE Conference - Nov 12

Contact Us

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
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