April 2021

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

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PR/HYLI 2021 Virtual Conference was a Success!

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Districts/Schools represented in our local delegation and at the 2021 PR/HYLI Leadership Institute Weekend event 2021:

  • Amsterdam

  • Cohoes

  • Gloversville

  • Guilderland

  • Hudson

  • Ichabod/ Crane/Kinderhook

  • Lansingburgh

  • Niskayuna

  • Ravena-Coeymans- Selkirk

  • Schenectady

  • Stillwater

  • Taconic Hills

  • Tech Valley

  • Troy

  • Waterford-Halfmoon

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Capital District Angelo Del Toro Scholarship Winners 2021:

  • Amanda A. Thrasher - Tech Valley High School

  • Mayra G. Morales - Ichabod Crane High School

  • Melissa A. Ochoa - Niskayuna High School

  • Jenifer C. Martinez Peraza - Cohoes City High School

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Capital District Yesenia Valle Scholarship Winners 2021:

  • Cruz C. Rios – Greater Amsterdam High School

  • Sara E. Nava - Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School

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Click on the Calendar or Scroll below to see our upcoming events! *Note the calendar is showing the start date and many events transpire over multiple dates.

1-2 Hour Professional Developments

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

NYSESLAT Speaking and Writing Turnkey Training

Date: April 15, 2021

Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am

This training will address administration and scoring of the K-12 Speaking and Writing Sessions of the NYSESLAT. This training is for educators who are new to the NYSESLAT and have not received any training on administering or scoring this exam. Participants will review test structure, review rubrics and practice scoring.

NYSESLAT Speaking and Writing Turnkey Training - Asynchronous

Date: Asynchronous

Time: N/A

This is an asynchronous NYSESLAT training refresher. This presentation will review NYSESLAT format and structure. It also review important dates and administration overview as well as some practice with scoring speaking and writing components of the test . Participants will need to complete the google form at the end in order to receive CTLE credit.

SIFE Identification and the MLS

Date: April 22. 2021

Time: 3:30-4:30 pm

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.

Dr. Hunter

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.


Developing Culturally Responsive & Inclusive School Leaders

Date: May 26, 2021 & June 1, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Maximum Class Size: 50 Participants

● Provide school leadership and teachers with the knowledge and tools to develop Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Educational Environments

● Identify ways educators and maintenance staff can examine power structures in their leadership style and school environments

● Illustrate the connection between the power structures and the manifestation of implicit bias in individuals and in the organization/inequities in teaching

● Prepare school leadership and teachers to be responsive to the changing needs of students, teachers, and communities

Description: This two-part series will provide strategies to understand, identify, and address the root cause of implicit bias and the tools needed to create a culture of accountability and a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the classroom. In this training, the presenters will develop the knowledge and tools needed to drive a DEI vision at the school and classroom level. This training will provide strategies to create accountability and a culture of DEI practices throughout your organization. Focusing on the five focus areas of, empathy, awareness, vulnerability, navigating conflict, and thinking and acting outside of own lens, leaders will learn how to lead on issues of diversity and inclusion from a place of responsiveness, rather than one of reactivity, to create an inclusive organization where everyone feels they belong.

Virtual Half Day Professional Development

Scaffolding Content for ELs in Distance Learning and Hybrid Settings by SupportEd

Date: April 21, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

• Describe challenges and opportunities for ELs during distance and hybrid learning.

• Define scaffolding for ELs.

• Explore strategies for scaffolding distance learning tasks for ELs.

• Apply a 5-step framework to scaffold content instruction for ELs in a distance learning or hybrid environment.

Culturally Responsive Teaching by SupportEd

Date: May 18, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

• Discuss how cultural expectations for communication and behavior vary among cultures and strategies for responding to these differences.

• Explore strategies for building a culturally responsive school climate.

• Discuss and apply strategies for integrating culturally responsive teaching into the curriculum.

• Create a plan for incorporating the strategies presented in the session into your work with ELs and their families.

Virtual Informational Night for Prospective Students, Parents and families

Monday, April 12th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Access can be gained on Monday, April 12th at 6 PM by clicking the “Join Zoom Meeting” link below:


My name is Andrea Honigsfeld. My colleagues, Dr. Maria Dove, Dr. Audrey Cohan and Dr. Carrie McDermott and I are inviting you to participate in our survey research. We are interested in learning about how educators and their students are going to come out on the other side of the pandemic.

How has COVID-19 impacted your teaching with specific attention to your ELLs/MLLs and other groups of vulnerable students? This short survey will ask about where you have been since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, where you are today, and how you are getting ready for what's next. All responses are anonymous and the results will be used for professional presentations

The final question invites you to share your name and contact information only if you wish to be part of a focus group discussion on this topic in the near future or if you wish to be recognized for your contributions by name. Thank you!


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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

PARENT DASHBOARD: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to making data available and easy to use. This site provides a first step so families can be better informed as they work to advance student achievement.

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

The Office of Higher Education (OHE)


SUNY recently launched the 'Big Dreams, Small Step' campaign to provide assistance to high school students who are at risk of being left behind this year — and who stand to benefit the most from a college degree. This new campaign builds on the 'SUNY For All' initiative, which aims to broaden access to the country's largest system of public higher education for learners at every stage of life.

PBS Learning Media

The teacher planning kits (January-March) is now available.

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.

Virtual ESL Classes

English as a Second Language Remote Learning Opportunities for Adults in the Capital Region of Albany, NY (Updated February 2021 by USCRI Albany Office for New Americans Opportunity Center).


Family Engagement Resources
The Mid-West, Mid-State and West Region RBERNs have created family engagement resources in multiple languages.
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
Clarkson TESOL/ MATESOL Programs:

Clarkson University’s online Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programs are supported by the New York State Department of Education’s Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute Grant (CR-ITI).

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.
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.

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.

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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