Winter 2022

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

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Did you know???

Did you know there is a statewide RBERN-on-Demand website that contains amazing resources including videos, articles, and a blog?

Please take this very brief (6 question) survey about our RBERN-on-Demand website so we can better serve your needs!


Welcome Juanita Reyes! New RBERN Program Support Specialist

Juanita joined the RBERN staff in January 2022. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Dominican College. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University at Albany, SUNY, and an MA in Spanish from the same institution. Her experience includes teaching Introductory to Advanced Spanish at the University level in Dominican College, the University of Kansas, and the University of Albany, SUNY. Juanita also has experience teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Spanish at Brown School in Schenectady, NY. She is currently a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi (Chapter Eta Psi), and has been awarded the Carson Carr Memorial Scholarship, Frank Carrino Scholarship, and the SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology (IITG) Grant. Juanita’s research interests include Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Dominican Spanish, Spanish in contact with other languages, Spanish in the US, Spanish as a Heritage language, and Dual Language Education.

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Statewide Session Goes Virtual for 2022

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 for March 12-13, 2022. 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. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the weekend event will be held virtually.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sandy Strock: sandy.strock@questar.org

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There is still time to register for the NABE Conference happening virtually or in-person February 8-10. Don't miss the chance to participate!
NABE Speaks: The Importance of Bilingual Education

TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo

The TESOL International Convention will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from March 22-25. It is the largest professional development opportunity for TESOL teachers of the year. Don't miss the chance to come and learn virtually or in person!
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NYSSB Culminating Project forms due March 15

The purpose of the Culminating Project form is to notify NYSED of the dates and locations of the Culminating Project Presentations, as well as the languages in which they will be delivered.

· Deadline to submit form to NYSED: March 15th

· Click here to access the online NYSSB Culminating Project Notification form.

· Click here for more detailed information on the Culminating Project Notification Form.


NYSESLAT and Other NYS Testing Begins

Please see the schedule below for information about the NYS tests and field testing for 2022 beginning February 28. This schedule was revised December 16, 2021.


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Listening Streaming Now Available

See the January 2022 memo from Assistant Commissioner Steven E. Katz. For questions call MetriTech Customer Support at 1-800-747-4868 or email at NYSESLAT@Metritech.com



  • Regional Scoring Dates May 23, 24, 25
  • Participating districts should plan to send a minimum of 1 scorer for every 40 tests
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The RBERN is Excited to Host a Bilingual Advocacy Event for Parents

Advocacy Resources for Parents: Facilitated virtual event in English and Spanish

Facilitated in Spanish and English by Dr. Gliset Colon-

Advocacy Resources for Parents will take place online on Jun 16 from 5-6 pm. ENL teachers and advocates are welcome to attend, but this session is directed toward parents of ELLS.

Please share the link below with all potentially interested participants. This registration is simply for the zoom connection, no Frontline access is required.

Recursos de defensa y abogacía para padres (seminario web de 1 hora) el 16 de junio de 2022 de 5:00 p.m. a 6:00 p.m. / Part 3: Advocacy Resources for Parents (1-hour webinar) on June 16, 2022 from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

Registrar aquí / Register here:


Evaluating All Teachers of ELLs to Support Equity with Support Ed

Date: March 16 Time: 9-12 Location: online


Diane Staehr Fenner will facilitate a half-day virtual professional development to support diversity, equity, and inclusion through teacher evaluation that is inclusive of ELLs.

Participants will:

- - Describe the need for teacher evaluation that is inclusive of all teachers of ELLs

- - Explore an adapted framework for teacher evaluation that includes ELLs

- - Discuss and apply the four principles of ELL-inclusive teacher evaluation

- - Evaluate their current teacher evaluation system for its inclusiveness of ELLs and make a plan to increase the inclusivity of all teachers of ELLs

Participants who register by March 2, 2022, will receive a copy of the book.

Please be advised that if you accept a book and are unable to complete the book study then you will not be eligible to receive future texts for the remainder of the year. Thank you for understanding.

This book study is open to any educator in the Capital District RBERN Region.

Registration link: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&H=1&I=3899046

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Multilingual Language Learners (MLLs): Placing Students at the Center of Learning with Support Ed

Date: March 30 Time: 9-12 Location: online


Dr. Sydney Snyder will facilitate a half-day virtual professional development to support diversity, equity, and inclusion of MLLs.

Participants will:

- - Discuss how to create a classroom climate that allows for student-centered learning and student choice

- - Explore strategies for engaging MLLs in peer-to-peer and multimodal learning opportunities

- - Reflect on strategies to engage MLLs in setting goals for and assessing their learning

- - Apply tools and strategies to their context in order to set goals and/or plan for future instruction

Registration link: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=15197&H=1&I=3898984

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* DATE CHANGES* Culturally Relevant Education with Dr. Hunter - Cohort 2 Cohort 2: For new participants who have not attended Dr. Hunter's sessions at RBERN in the 2020-21 school year.

Dates and Times:

Jan 27, 3:30-5:00 pm

Feb 7, 3:00-4:00 pm

Feb 10, 3:30-5:30 pm

Apr 7, 3:30-5:00 pm

Jun 8, 3:30-5:00 pm

Description: Dr. Hunter will support participants to expand their capacities as practitioners and classroom leaders by exploring the approaches, strategies, techniques, and implementation of Culturally Relevant Education (CRE), other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, and their real-life application in the classroom environment. This learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices; aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework and NYS Board of Regents Policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and adhered to the guidelines of professional organizations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

Registration link: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3907148&D=15197

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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.


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.