August Newsletter 2021

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

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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).


*****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.

Thinking like a Reading Teacher

Date: August 17, 2021

Time: 2:00pm- 3:00pm

Focus Grades ( 6 - 12 )

Seats left: 15 seats
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

Seats left: 28 seats

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.

Western NY Multilingual Teacher Summit on August 17-19!

Dear friends and colleagues:

We invite you to join us at the Western NY Multilingual Teacher Summit on August 17-19! This event is a collaboration between Mid-West RBERN and RBERN West and is especially designed for educators of English language learners, Bilingual Education and World Languages. Take advantage of this virtual professional development event from a variety of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and vendors:

  • Attend exciting Keynote Presentations from nationally recognized speakers each morning!
  • Choose from a variety of Breakout Sessions presented by educators in from our region!
  • Learn about useful resources during our Lunchtime Vendor Preview Sessions!
  • Take part in a Roundtable Discussion with NYS TESOL leaders in exciting prizes at our end of day Raffle Drawings!

Click here for more information and to register for the event. The conference page at a glance is also attached. Please feel free to share with your staff and colleagues.

Lourdes Roa


Mid-West RBE-RN

Monroe2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, New York 14559

Cell: (585) 451-4265

Fax: (585) 352-2613



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”


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

LIU Hudson online NYS Certification in Childhood, Grades 1– 6, specifically designed for ESOL Certification holders

Dear Educator,

Get recommended for certification to teach Grades 1-6 through the NYSED-approved, 17-credit Online Advanced Certificate in Childhood Education Program for ESOL teachers at LIU Hudson.

You’ll receive a 45% tuition reduction when you join LIU Hudson’s 10th cohort, which starts September 2021 with two courses. Continue with two courses in the Springl term and finish in Summer 2022.

Classes will be led by teachers experienced at both the K-12 and university levels who have undergone rigorous training in online instruction. Classes will be online and asynchronous, but will offer participants many opportunities to engage with classmates and instructors.

Please note: Prospective students must be certified ESOL teachers who already hold a Master’s degree.

For more information or to apply, please contact Dr. Lea Rutmanowitz, Associate Dean for Program and Partnership Development at lea.rutmanowitz@liu.edu or 914 831 2728.

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Columbia County Sanctuary Movement

DONATE TODAY! Your donations make it possible for us to work with immigrants to build powerful campaigns, provide survival services, and create alternatives that better serve our community's needs. Join us in building our immigrant movement stronger than ever.

New to Teaching ELLs?

The first year of working with English language learners (ELLs) can be full of challenges. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help! Colorín Colorado has compiled this list to help new ELL teachers navigate their experiences in the classroom. These resources may also be helpful for veteran teachers who are new to teaching ELLs. For more information click here.
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

Support Ed
Practical Strategies and Resources to Teach K-12 ELLs online from.
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

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


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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