RBERN eNews

July Newsletter 2021

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

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July 4th is USA Independence Day!

RBERN wishes you a safe and great holiday weekend.

RBERN NEW JOB POSTING

Regional Bilingual Education Specialist

Job ID: QTBN0199253-0012

Job Type: Full Time (12 Month)

Application Deadline: 07/16/2021

Start Date: 08/02/2021


Job Description:

Questar III BOCES has an immediate opening for a full-time (12-month schedule) Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) Specialist located at our central office in Castleton, NY. The RBERN is funded by a contract through the New York State Education Department to provide quality technical assistance and embedded professional development to school districts in the RBERN region. New York State professional or permanent ESOL Teacher certification and experience working with ENL students required. Qualified candidates must have an excellent understanding of NYS standards / assessments and experience providing professional development. Preferred applicants will have experience in differentiated instruction, data driven instruction and knowledge of CR Part 154, Title III, and best practices for instructing ELLs.


Questar III prefers an online application, please apply at www.olasjobs.org/capital. Interested applicants may also email their resume with cover letter to employment@questar.org. Be sure to include RBERN Specialist in the subject line of your email.


For more information on Questar III BOCES and the RBERN, please visit www.questar.org and www.rbern.org.


Questar III offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including enrollment in the New York State Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS).

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

1-Hour Summer PDs

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.

Writing Revolution Book Study: 6-12

Date: August 16, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

The Capital District RBERN is excited to offer a spring semester book study based on The Writing Revolution by Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler. Participants will be introduced to the six principles of the Hochman method to improve ELL student writing and reading comprehension.

Writing Strategies Book Study: K - 5

Date: August 16, 2021

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm

This online session will explore Jennifer Serravallo's book Writing Strategies. The resource contains more than 300 strategies to support writing goals based on student need. The session will give an overview of the book resource as well as share some strategies for adapting these writing tools to remote teaching and learning. These best practices support the needs of all learners- including ELLs who may be struggling with writing concepts. This session is appropriate for teachers of students in grades K-5. *Participants who register before July 26th will be mailed a free copy of the book to meet the needs of this session. You will need to complete a separate form that includes your home mailing address to receive the resource.

Guided Reading with ELLs in Mind

Date: August 17, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

In this 1 hour PD we will dive into Guided Reading with diverse populations. We will explore the planning, scaffolding and adapting guided reading for ELLs.

Thinking like a Reading Teacher

Date: August 17, 2021

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm

Focus Grades ( 6 - 12 )
This presentation will focus on different reading needs of ELLs. It will review ways that content teachers can make text more accessible to students.

Science Strategies for ELLs

Date: August 18, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

This hour-long session will provide secondary Science teachers with strategies and protocols to assist English Learners in accessing content, concepts, and engineering practices required by the NGSS.

Routines for Math Reasoning Book Study

Date: August 18, 2021

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm

This session will guide teachers through the 5 principles of instruction that support the math practices, and four scaffolds for routines that enhance English Learners' ability to access the Math Practices. Participants will get a free copy of the book if they register by July 26.

Reading Strategies Book Study: K-5

Date: August 19, 2021

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

This online session will explore Jennifer Serravallo's book Reading Strategies. The resource contains more than 300 strategies to support 13 reading goals linked to a variety of skills, genres, and reading levels. The session will give an overview of the book resource as well as share some strategies for adapting these reading tools to remote teaching and learning. These best practices support the needs of all learners- including ELLs who may be struggling with reading concepts. This session is appropriate for teachers of students in grades K-5. *Participants who register before July 26th will be mailed a free copy of the book to meet the needs of this session. You will need to complete a separate form that includes your home mailing address to receive the resource.

Growing Language and Literacy Book Study

Date: August 19, 2021

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm

This book study will explore strategies for English learners that develop their literacy skills across grades and proficiency levels. It is based on five premises: asset-based mindset; individual variations; integrated content, language and literacy instruction, culturally and linguistically sustaining instructional and assessment practices; and purposeful interaction and collaboration.
Participants of this session will receive a copy of the book Growing Language and Literacy Strategies for English Learners By Andrea Honigsfeld (mailed to your home address). *Participants need to be registered by August 2nd in order to receive the book.

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. For more information click here

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

June 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)

2021 Summer Reading at New York Libraries

New York State Education Department and State Library Launch 2021 Summer Reading Program, “Tails and Tales”

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Seminar Series

NYSITELL News

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

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

NYS TESOL
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
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

CD RBERN RESOURCES

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

NYS RBERN OnDemand:

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.

https://www.nysrbernondemand.org/

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.

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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