RBERN E-Newsletter

November 2022

Welcome Everyone!

The Capital District RBERN is very exited to share upcoming PD's, meetings, and events. Please consider registering and remember RBERN is here to provide any assistance. Now let's continue to work together.
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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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Black and Latino Achievers Club-Saturday, 11/5 at 10:30a at the Blake Annex

Please join us for an opportunity to learn more about the Capital District YMCA's Black and Latino Achievers club (see attached flyer) that will be held at the Blake Annex, 1 Steuben Place off of No. Pearl Street in Albany. The informational meeting starts at 10:30a. Light refreshments will be served.

Share this with others who may be interested. RSVP by emailing sperkins@cdymca.org.

Susan C. Perkins, Ph.D.

Association Executive Director of Youth Development


O: 518-869-3500, ext. 9928 | D: 518.640-1928

E: sperkins@cdymca.org

Administrative Office

465 New Karner Road

Albany, NY 12205


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Teaching Exeptional Indiviadual, 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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New York's Libraries Information Network- College Programs in Spanish

Sesión informativa virtual de SUNY WCC

Tuesday, November 8, 6 PM

Las sesiones de información sobre admisiones de SUNY Westchester Community College brindan la oportunidad de aprender sobre los más de 65 programas de grado diferentes, los servicios para estudiantes, los requisitos de admisión y el proceso de inscripción. Este programa es presentado por Wendoli Tejada, Consejero adjunto en la Oficina de Admisiones, SUNY WCC.


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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Citizenship Preparation:

The attached flyers are for anyone interested in seeking naturalized Citizenship in the United States. We are proud to offer these through the Office for New Americans Opportunity Center. Please note the unique opportunity tonight (Monday, Oct 24th) to ask questions pertaining to the citizenship process. Just join the zoom meeting at the link provided.

The Citizenship Preparation classes require pre-registration and are for individuals with, at minimum, an advanced beginner level of English and at least 4.5 years residence in the U.S.

For any questions please contact Sara Zaidspiner:

Sara Zaidspiner

Education Specialist

Office for New Americans Opportunity Center

99 Pine Street

Albany, NY 12207 | 518-512-9816

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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 a combination of in-person and 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.

Three half-day in person sessions:

a. November 7, 2022 (9am-12pm) Reframing family engagement for multilingual learners

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

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

Four virtual after school workshops:

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

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

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

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

Link to register:


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

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out, below is the contact information.

Thank you,


Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN)

10 Empire State Boulevard

Castleton, NY 12033

518.477.8771 ext: 6820

518.477.1335 (fax)

RBERN Library http://slsc.qstiii.opalsinfo.net

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

Description: 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 a combination of in-person and 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 consist of three in-person half-day sessions:

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 at Questar III BOCES.

• ½ day in person 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

• ½ day in person session (3.5 hours) March 6, 2023.

o Culturally responsive assessment,


o IEP planning

• ½ day in person session (3.5 hours) June 6, 2023.

o Specially designed instruction for multilingual learners

o Writing development,

o Transition planning,

o Social-emotional learning

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:


Building Skills for a Culture of Accountability: Facilitating Dialogues on Race and Racism

Description: This virtual workshop will focus on developing a common diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and racial justice language, identifying the five focus areas of empathy, awareness, vulnerability, navigating conflict, and thinking and acting outside of own lens, developing a theoretical and practical approach to using dialogue as a technique to apply racial justice practices, building knowledge, capacity, and skills on the connection between racism and inequities experienced by English Language Learners, and acquiring and practice skills navigating DEI and racial justice conflict through dialogue.

Three-part series:

Session 1: January 24, 2023 (Instructional Session)

Session 2: February 7, 2023 (Skill Building Session)

Session 3: February 28, 2023 (Skill Building Session)

Time: 2:00-4:00

Link to register:


Enduring Issues and ELLs

Description: This professional development opportunity will provide a brief overview of the Global History & Geography Regents Exam including Enduring Issues and the new US History & Government Regents Exam. Document sets will be provided to you with best use practices.

Date: 12/5/22

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Presenter: Jennifer Risko School Improvement Social Studies Specialist

Link to Register:


The Problem with Math is English - Book Study

Join us while we investigate the book The Problem with Math is English. This book illustrates how students often understand fundamental mathematical concepts at a superficial level. It offers a new way to approach teaching math content in a way that will improve how all students, and especially English language learners, understand math. We will investigate the conceptual understanding in mathematics including simple yet deep definitions of key terms, connections among key topics, and insightful interpretation.

This book study will consist of four Zoom meetings on 1/19, 2/16, 3/16 and 4/27 from 3:00-4:00 in addition to 12 asynchronous learning hours using Google Docs to answer questions based on the readings.

Participants who register before December 21 will receive a copy of the book.

Dates: 1/19/23, 2/16/23, 3/16/23, 4/27/23

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Presenters: Jessica Decker, Math Specialist and Kim Inglee, ELA Specialist

Link to Register:


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WILL Community Bulletin for November!

Attached, please find the November edition of the WILLOW Community Bulletin for reading and sharing with your community.

As always, if you have something to be highlighted in December, please have to me by 11/15. For any information please contact Lara Madison:

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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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.