RBERN West Newsletter
December 7, 2020
Cancellation of the January 2021 Regents Exams
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform you that the New York State Education Department (NYSED or “the Department”) is cancelling the January 2021 administration of the NYS High School Regents Examination Program in response to the ongoing impact of the COVID–19 pandemic. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period. This memorandum also provides information on the adjustments that I will ask the Board of Regents to adopt as emergency regulations with respect to the assessment requirements that students must ordinarily meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials, and endorsements so that the cancellation of these exams will not adversely impact students.
ELL/Bilingual Education Focus Group Series
4:00pm - 5:30pm
CTLE credits: 1.5 per session
This monthly series is an opportunity to learn, network, and share experiences common to teachers of English Language Learners.
NYSITELL Training (repeated sessions)
4:00pm - 5:00pm
CTLE credits: 3 per session
In this hybrid course, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully administer the NYSITELL from intake, to testing, to placement. In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully administer the NYSITELL from intake, to testing, to placement. This course will take approximately 3 hours. Course work of the Pear Deck Presentation and Quiz must be completed prior to the Zoom Q&A session.
Multilingual Matters Book Club
A monthly educator book club to discuss rich topics related to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
CTLE credits: 1 per session
December's book is A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration In The 21st Century by Jason DeParle.
January's book is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
2021 Global Viva Bilingual Conference
Find out more information here!
**This is a paid event, not sponsored by RBERN. Contact the conference organizers directly with any questions.""
Measuring Attendance during COVID-19: Considerations for Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environments
Resources from OBEWL and the ELL Leadership Council
The English Language Learner (ELL) Leadership Council is a group of approximately 70 English as a New Language Directors from around New York State (NYS) who meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices related to ELLs. This council has met regularly for the past five years to provide a direct line of communication between the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) and ELL administrators from the districts with the highest enrollment of ELLs in NYS. Within the ELL Leadership Council, five workgroups were created in response to COVID-19 school closures in the spring of 2020 to research and create resources to address the following issues:
- Social-Emotional Learning
- Compliance Advisory Council
- Progress Monitoring, Feedback & Engagement Strategies
- Strengthening ELL Instruction in Response to COVID-19 Closures
- Adapting ELL Instruction in a post COVID-19 Learning Environment
ELL Leadership Council Professional Development
- Virtual Engagement
- Prioritizing Standards to Address Learning Loss
- Progress Monitoring/NYS Seal of Biliteracy
New workshops will be added to this YouTube channel monthly!
Scholastic Books Read Aloud Permission Policy
Tech Tools to Support ELLs in Remote Instruction
Check out this interactive page made by our colleague Greg Bailey at Hudson Valley RBERN that shares tools for:
- Creating Presentations
- Communication & Translation
Green Card Youth Voices: Upstate New York Book Launch
The upcoming Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories From Upstate New York High Schools is a collection of personal essays written by thirty students coming from sixteen different countries and attending Rochester City School District Bilingual Language and Literacy Academy, Brighton High School, Twelve Corner Middle School, Lafayette International High School and Newcomer Academy. Unique to the book are links to first-person video, a study guide, and a glossary.
Included are Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane Maria, Yemenis who escaped starvation, and Rohingya refugees forced to leave Myanmar. These young authors’ stories carry resilience, strength, and hope towards the futures of which they dream.
Taking on COVID with Her Sewing Machine
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.