January 2023


We are very excited to start the new year 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 and make this a great unforgettable new year.

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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
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The Capital RBERN District would like to share with you all a list of opportunities.

The January WILLOW Bulletin:

Attached, please find the 1st WILLOW Bulletin for 2023!

As always, if you have something to share with our community, news, services or a resource… please let me know before the 15th of the month!

Have a wonderful, safe and Happy New Year!


Lara Madison

Program Director

Women and Infants Linking Lifetime Opportunities for Wellness (WILLOW/PICHC)

175 Green Street

Albany, New York 12202




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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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Meet Marissa Ray: She followed her grandmother into teaching, then became Schenectady’s Teacher of the Year- Schenectady Daily Gazette

Ukrainian family to return to Glens Falls area on Dec. 31- Glens Falls Post-Star

Sushi master Saso back in a restaurant kitchen with new War Room Tavern- Albany Times Union


Lost Lake files discrimination complaint against Forestburgh- Sullivan County Democrat

Mahopac undecided on name change but withholds logo from field re-do-

Rockland/Westchester Journal News[M1]

Ulster County Sheriff Figueroa completes National Sheriffs’ Institute jail administration course- Kingston Daily Freeman


Committee formed to plan events to honor Buffalo mass shooting victims- Buffalo News

Seneca attorney brings Indigenous art into mainstream- Cornell Chronicle


Onondaga Nation wants appellate court’s attention on Syracuse Columbus statue: ‘Fundamentally offensive’- Syracuse Post-Standard


Island Vybz offers free Christmas dinner again – Plattsburgh Press-Republican


'Fruit that sells itself': Haiti's succulent mangos journey from family farm to Brockton- Brockton Enterprise

United Way of Central Mass. gets $5M gift: Here is its impact on Worcester- Springfield Republican

Trailblazing local couple who sued state to wed in 2001 share stage at gay marriage bill signing- Daily Hampshire Gazette


1 in 2 Stamford students are Hispanic and overall enrollment is on the rise, report shows- Stamford Advocate

How Hartford plans to recruit more Caribbean teachers to fill shortage- CTMirror org

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Bloomfield's 'Black Wall Street' seeks state funding to modernize, continue mission- Hearst Connecticut Media

At this new Jamaican bakery in Windsor, vegetables play a starring role- Hearst Connecticut Media


How RI immigrants are finding jobs and much more through nonprofit's contract with Amazon- Providence Journal

Opinion/Shukla: Brown policy on caste bias gives in to false stereotyping- Providence Journal

Milagros, madres y mariachi: visiting the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Newport- Newport Daily News


Christmas preparations for traditional Mexican dishes begin at a Nashua butcher shop-

New Hampshire Public Radio

NH coalition wants younger and more diverse voices on local land use boards- New Hampshire Public Radio

New Americans and refugees call for outreach and partnership from Concord city councilors- Concord Monitor

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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) 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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Support Ed-Personalized One-Hour Demand Course: Scaffolding Content Instruction for English Language Learners

Description: Our on-demand course purpose is to expand strategies and tools that support English learners (ELs). Course format self-paced (asynchronous) environment for busy educators, engaging voice over power point presentations and videos of classroom instruction. Interactive questions, activities, and frequent opportunities for reflection. Access to a dynamic resource-sharing tool (Padlet) featuring tools from our books for collaboration and turnaround training. One hour of PD, earn an additional (2)PD hours by completing optional coursework.

***Specialist, and Guidance Counselors***

Link to Register:


Support Ed: Evaluating ALL Teachers of English Learners and Students with Disabilities Book Study

Description: This asynchronous professional development opportunity, applicable to educators of ELLs, allows participants to independently read and reflect n their learning. Participants respond to three application question per book chapter. Book studies include a certificate for 20 hours of professional development completion. If you register before 1/27/2023, you will receive a FREE copy of the book. This asynchronous can be completed 2/6/2023-3/30/2023.

***Special Education, ELL Educators, leaders, and Specialist***

Link to Register:


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:


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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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