October 2020 RBERN eNews

The CD RBERN Team is ready for a successful new year!

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

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

How can we contribute in this month?


Save the Date!

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.


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


50th anniversary virtual conference of NYS TESOL

Dear teachers, school leaders and advocates of multilingual learners:

Join us for the 50th anniversary virtual conference of NYS TESOL on November 13-14, 2020! Be part of the learning and energy of New York Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages! Check out the incredible speaker line-up at our conference at-a-glance schedule!

Register now

NYS TESOL Virtual Annual Conference Registration

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Supporting ELLs Through COVID-19

How can schools best support English language learners (ELLs) and immigrant students through the COVID-19 pandemic? What lessons have we learned so far?

This section includes information on:

  • distance learning for ELLs
  • communicating and partnering with families
  • social-emotional supports for ELLs and immigrant students.

Date: October 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

Time: 1:00 pm PT (75 minute sessions)

Location: Online

Please note that registration closes on October 10th.

Who should attend

* English language teachers and specialists

* Special educators and special education directors

* General education teachers

* Administrators

* Related service providers

* District or site teams of special educators, EL educators, and general education teachers

Register Now

WestEd English Learners with Disabilities Fall/Winter Virtual Summit Series 20-21

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

The Office of Higher Education (OHE)

SUNY Buffalo State BXE Winter Intensive Institute

SUNY Buffalo State will host another intensive institute this winter for teachers to obtain their bilingual extension. The program will be 100% online with a start date of November 2nd.

Please see attached flyer.

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Face the Facts: Election 2020 Youth Town Hall.

Our partners at WMHT/PBS have an upcoming opportunity.

JOIN and SHARE on OCTOBER 6 at 7pm ET.

REGISTER: bit.ly/FacetheFacts2020

Click here for more information.

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
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.
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 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.

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Practical Strategies and Resources to Teach K-12 ELLs online from.
Click here to access

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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

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

The City University of New York - Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE) is offering free virtual professional learning opportunities to educators across New York State! Upon successful completion of an immigration and education focused module, teachers, administrators and counselors will earn 20 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits. The modules will include 8 mandatory hours of online synchronous sessions and an additional 12 hours of asynchronous small group and independent work. Educators can sign up for one module of the following modules (although spaces are limited):

  • Key Immigrant Issues
  • Immigration in Elementary Education
  • Immigration in Secondary Education
  • Approaches to Educating Refugees and Immigrants (preference given to educators in Western NY)

For more information about the modules and deadlines to register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-teacher-and-leader-education-tickets-117543047419?aff=NYSED

The module facilitators will be Ashley Busone Rodriguez and Daicy Diaz-Granados.

CUNY-IIE is a NYSED funded project that unifies educators, researchers, families and local leaders to learn about, from, and with immigrant communities, to act in ways that center our shared humanity regardless of legal status, and advocate for equitable policies and opportunities.

Email questions to cunyiiectle@gmail.com

Fitness at the Plaza


September 1 through November 19


Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

More information:

Grassy area between Agency Buildings 2 and 3

Free and Open to the Public


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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