Virtual PD Archive

On-Demand Learning

To better support the needs of school districts, RBERN is pleased to offer asynchronous remote learning opportunities to the teachers, administrators, and staff who work with our region's English language learners. 

Seal of Biliteracy Webinars

New York State boasts a rich linguistic and cultural heritage, with students speaking over 200 languages. Understanding the importance of multilingualism and multiliteracy, the New York State Legislature established the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. The New York State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more languages. It acknowledges the importance of being biliterate in today’s global society, highlights the hard work and achievement of students, encourages them to pursue language study while in school, and supports continued development of one’s home language. Since 2016, this distinction has been awarded to over 17,800 students from hundreds of New York State schools, including public, charter, and non public high schools. This session will provide an overview of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, with a focus on supporting candidates who pursue the Seal in their home language.

Biliteracy Pathway Awards are designed to support the learning of multiple languages starting in the earlier grades. Pathway Awards have similar goals as the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, yet they differ in that schools have the autonomy to develop their own criteria for these awards and celebrate achievement. This session is for educators and administrators of Multilingual Learners. The goal of the workshop is to explore potential designs for developing Pathway Awards and share exemplars from the field.


NYS Rbern on demand
This website is curated by the RBERNs and is intended to bring helpful resources to educators around New York State.

The RBERNs work in partnership with OBEWL staff to provide technical assistance and professional development to districts/schools in order to improve instructional practices and educational outcomes of students who are English Language Learners (ELLs).

Resources from OBEWL and the ELL Leadership Council

The English Language Learner (ELL) Leadership Council is a group of English as a New Language Directors from around New York State who meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices related to ELLs. 
  • Access resources and professional learning webinars here.

RBERNing Questions Podcast

RBERNing Questions
This podcast is hosted by the Mid-State RBERN team and is designed for educators of English Language Learners. 
Topics include:
  • Academic Conversations with Elementary ELLs with Dr. Jeff Zwiers
  • Cultivating Co-Teaching Relationships & Skills with Dr. Maria Dove & Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld
  • ELL Shadowing & Conversational Discourse with High School ELLs with Dr. Ivannia Soto
  • Multilingual Family Connections & Multilingual Education with Dr. Jose Medina
  • Standards Based-Practices for ELLs with Dr. Paulina White