June Newsletter 2021

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


*****Check out our RBERN Webinars page for asynchronous opportunities.*****

Last chance to attend!

Inspiring, Engaging, and Empowering Our Youth through Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Instructional and Curricular Practices by Dr. Hunter

Date: January 14, 2021, February 4, 2021, February 25, 2021, March 18, 2021, April 15, 2021, April 29, 2021, May 20, 2021, June 10, 2021, and June 24, 2021.

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Maximum Class Size: 75 Participants

These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (i.e., nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual 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 adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

1-Hour Summer PDs

Week 1

Special Populations of ELLs

Week one contains information about current challenges faced by Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant English Learners, protocols and instruction in early education, Response to Intervention (RTI) and much more. Click here to register.

Week 2

Cross-Content ELL

Week two contains information from our most recent book studies offerings and new books (Writing Revolution, Writing & Reading Strategies, Routines for Math Reasoning and Growing Language and Literacy) and much more.
Click here to register.

Exploration and Analysis of ELL Attendance Rates

Date: June 28, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

This session will explore data analysis related to ELLs and their attendance rates. Participants will begin to understand the relationship between attendance and student outcomes. By investigating strategies, participants will begin to develop a plan for increasing awareness of attendance strategies for their district/school staff as well as impacting student attendance rates in the near future. Educators, Administrators, Counselors, and Attendance Officers are encouraged to attend!

Twice-Exceptional RTI for ELLs

Date: June 28, 2021 & June 29, 2021

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm

Twice-Exceptional ELLs 2.0 - a deeper dive into strategies and considerations to support English Learners using the RtI process. This workshop will help administrators and educators to identify strategies and possible structures of programs that will support their ELLs using the RtI process. Participants will then have the opportunity to review their existing RtI process and analyze intervention strategies and practices. Participants of this session will receive a copy of the book RtI for Diverse Learners by Catherine Collier (mailed to your home address).

*Participants need to be registered by June 14th in order to receive the book.

Supporting ELLs in Early Education

Date: June 29, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

This PD will explain the identification protocols issued by NYS. It will also go over best practices and resources for EMLs instruction in early education.

Immigrant & Migrant Populations of ELLs

Date: June 30, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

This session will provide participants with information about current challenges faced by Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant English Learners and considerations for ensuring their academic access and success. We will discuss regulations, available services and resources. Participants will also explore case studies from Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from upstate New York High Schools and be provided with a complimentary copy of the book. Please Note: You must register by June 14 to get the book.

Twice-Exceptional: ELLs and SWD

Date: June 30, 2021 & July 1, 2021

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm

This two-session PD addresses specific ideas for meeting the classroom needs of ELLs with Disabilities. Participants will engage with the NYS Advanced Literacies, Universal Design for Learning, and other resources to explore opportunities for generating student success. You should have some prior knowledge of the differences between language difference and disability and ideally have participated in Parts 1 & 2 of this series. We will be referencing the text RTI for Diverse Learners that was provided for attendees of the previous sessions of RTI for ELLs. If you do not have a book, you may wish to purchase one prior to the first session but it is not mandatory. The ISBN is 9781452223452, 1452223459.

SIFE Identification and the MLS

Date: July 1, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

In this workshop participants will review how to identify a student with interrupted formal education as well as how to administer the Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener.

1-2 Hour Professional Development

Title III Grant Funds for ELLs

Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

The session "How To Lead Your Own Consortium” will provide information on:
Locating annual Title III grant fund allocations to supplement ENL programs,
Allowable expenses for Title III grant funds,
Joining or leading a Title III Consortium


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

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

May 2021 Newsletter

Read about PR/HYLI, the Seal of Biliteracy and Scholarships for ELLs in OBEWL’s May Newsletter!

The Office of Higher Education (OHE)

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Seminar Series


COVID-19 Related Special Administration of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) in August-September 2021.

Openness To Integrated ENL Co-Teaching


My name is Evelyn Daza and I am a NYS TESOL member. I am currently conducting a research study for my doctoral work through Molloy College. I have been in the field of ENL for over twenty years, primarily as an educator and in the past three years an administrator.

I am recruiting ESOL and K-12 general education teachers/content teachers that currently co-teach during the integrated ENL instruction period. My dissertation is focused on teacher attitudes toward co-teaching during an integrated ENL instruction period. The survey is available online via Survey Monkey and will take 5 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and completely anonymous.

Dr. Honigsfeld suggested contacting you and asking if you would consider distributing my survey via your listserv. I am looking to distribute the survey to your ESOL and general education teachers that currently co-teach in grades K-12.

Below is the link to the Openness to Co-Teaching survey, I thank you in advance for your consideration.


Columbia County Sanctuary Movement

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Family Engagement Resources
The Mid-West, Mid-State and West Region RBERNs have created family engagement resources in multiple languages.
Click here to access

WMHT Home classroom

WMHT is coming up with some summer learning options. Those options could include a continuation of WORLD broadcast throughout the summer.

Click here to access

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
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.
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

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

Arabic and Bengali Resource Specialist Vacancy Announcement

The vacancy announcement for the Language RBERN Arabic and Bengali Resource Specialist positions has been posted. The link to apply is https://apply.interfolio.com/76942


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.


Welcome Families of Emergent Multilingual Learners to Prekindergarten in New York State

Resource for the parents of our Emergent Multilingual Learners. This resource was created in collaboration with Lehman College and Translated by our Language RBERN. This parent brochure answers four critical questions concerning the use of the home language. You can access the English and other languages here.


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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