December 2022


We are very excited to start December with eagerness. The Capital District RBERN would like to share with you all wonderful upcoming events that we would love your support.

As always remember that RBERN is here to provide any assistance, now let’s continue to work together!!!

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RBERN is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department for more information please visit our website:WWW.RBERN.ORG

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  • Director: Virginia Guglielmo-Brady, Ed. D.
  • Lead Resource Support Specialist: Jessa Waterhouse
  • Resource Specialist: Kristen Vadnais
  • Program Support Specialist: Juanita Reyes Ph. D
  • Bilingual Administrative Assistant: Lianne Alcantara


The Capital District RBERN would like to share with you the attached flyer for the RBERN Immigrant Professional Development Series.

Please see Important Message from Albany Refugees:

I’m writing to let you know about an opportunity for newcomers to learn about and discuss parenting issues and ideas. We are offering a zoom workshop on parenting in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The program will be held on Monday, December 12th at 12:30 on the zoom platform. Please help us spread the word and invite anyone you know who has children ages 5 to 10. Participants can attend if they speak English, or Burmese, or Karen.

No registration is necessary – just join by clicking the link below at 12:30.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 998 279 9424

Passcode: 12207

Thanks, as always, for your help.



Sara Zaidspiner

Education Specialist

Office for New Americans Opportunity Center


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Immigrant Connections Online Series:

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Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals, GCP:

Buffalo State is helping educators complete graduate-level courses in bilingual inclusive education in just two semesters from anywhere! Courses are offered 100% online. For any questions please feel free to reach out to:

Gliset Colón, Ph.D.

Ketchum Hall 206

(716) 878-4639


***email preferred***

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Natural Hair Styling Program Opportunity:

Capital District EOC is starting a Natural Hair Styling program in January 2023. If you know anyone that might be interested please let Alton know or share the attached flyer with them.

The program is 330 hours which take approximately 3 months to complete. For any questions please feel free to reach out to Alton A. Camphell:

Alton A. Campbell

Coordinator of Instructional Services

Capital District Educational Opportunity Center – EOC

A Division of Hudson Valley Community College

431 River Street Troy, NY 12180 Phone: 518-273-1900 x 2215


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RBERN is exited to host a session proving a series of virtual Synchronous and Asynchronous trainings and webinars for Special Area teachers of ELLs , Parent-Coordinators, Administrators, and other Education related Stakeholders!!

Valley Equity (Dr. Gliset Colon)

Title: Equitable Family Engagement for Multilingual Learners led by Dr. Gliset Colon

Description: The Equitable Family Engagement for Multilingual Learners series is for teachers, parent-coordinators, administrators, and other education related stakeholders. This learning series will consist of virtual workshops and is informed by the most current evidence-based research on parent and family engagement and delivery of services to multilingual students and their families. Participants who attend the “Equitable Family Engagement for Multilingual Families” series will be able to assess the effectiveness of their own family engagement efforts and learn about equitable family engagement practices.

Virtual Sessions:

December 13, 2022 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

January 23, 2023 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

February 6, 2023 (9am-12pm) Family engagement strategies

March 13, 2023 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

April 3, 2023 (4:30pm-6pm) Family engagement strategies

June 7, 2023 (9am-12pm) Sharing of educator artifacts; Reflections; Planning for the future

Link to register:


**Just a kindly reminder a zoom link will be shared a day before the event**

Bilingual Special Education Virtual Series led by (Dr.Tamara Alsace) and (Dr.Gliset Colon)

This professional development series focuses on the areas of effective programmatic, instructional and assessment practices in bilingual special education. This learning series will be applicable for classroom teachers and related services personnel as well as administrators and other school/district leaders and is based on a developmental model to support and sustain school leaders and classroom teachers through virtual workshops. This learning series is informed by the most current evidence-based research on the continuum of services for English language learners/Multilingual learners (ELLs/MLLs) with disabilities.

The series will be virtual:

The sessions will focus on preparing classroom teachers to implement the strategies discussed in the text and school leaders to lead the work and follow up on implementation of the strategies and practices presented to teachers. Each session will be held from 9:00am-12:30pm via zoom.

- 1/2 day session (3.5 hours) December 12, 2022.
o Issues and trends in bilingual special education,
o Access to quality dual language/ENL education,
o CLRT in bi/multilingual inclusive settings

- 1/2 day session (3.5 hours) March 6, 2023.
o Culturally responsive assessment,
o IEP planning

- 1/2 day session (3.5 hours) June 6, 2023.
o Specially designed instruction for multilingual learners
o Writing development,
o Transition planning,
o Social-emotional learning
***A zoom link will be share a day before the event***

Link to register:


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Tangible Development:

Title: Managing Our Implicit Bias: Supporting School Communities

Description: This virtual workshop will focus on developing a common language to inform discussion and work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding where implicit bias comes from and how it is connected to larger structural issues of inequality, connecting the learning and unlearning of implicit bias to enhancing the support for English Language Learners, and learning intergroup dialogue techniques and how to develop the techniques in the workplace.

Three part series:

Session 1: January 10, 2023

Session 2: January 31, 2023

Session 3: February 14, 2023

Time: 2:00-4:00

Link to register:



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.



Capital District RBERN displays a translation services list on their website. This list contains more than 80 language assistants offering about 19 or more languages.

Disclaimer: The Capital Region RBERN offers this list as a reference and does not endorse any particular entity.

**Your student’s school is required to provide you an interpreter for pertinent meetings and should also provide key information translated into your preferred native language.

La escuela de su hijo/a debe proporcionarle un intérprete para las reuniones pertinentes y también debe proporcionar información clave traducida a su idioma nativo preferido.

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