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Mid-West RBERN

News

Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy Handbook Updates

The updated 2021-22 NYS Seal of Biliteracy Handbook was just released.  
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OBEWL

OBEWL September-October Newsletter

In this edition, you can find the following articles: Classroom Practices for Multilingual Learners;
ELL Advisory Council and Safe Reopening & Using the American Rescue Plan Funding; Science Initiatives; Parent Communication Guidance; World Language Updates 
WNY Multilingual Teacher Summit 2021

WNY Multilingual Teacher Summit

Conference Resources Now Available
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CRSE

New CR-S Resources

NYSED has published resources to support implementation of the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework
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About

 The goal of Mid-West Regional Bilingual Resource Network (RBERN)  is to assist districts and schools in creating an educational environment for English Language Learners (ELLs) which engages everyone in meaningful teaching and learning.

RBERN Events

Oct
26

Fostering Multilingual Learners with Biliteracy Pathway Awards

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. 
Oct
28

Asynchronous New to NYSITELL Training

PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE. In this course, participants will learn everything they need to know to successfully administer the NYSITELL from intake, to testing, to placement. This is a self-paced course that will take approximately 3 hours. All Materials will be sent on October 8th. Participants will: 1.Read, listen to, and take notes on the Pear Deck presentation. 2.Take an online, open book assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of the NYSITELL. 3.Participate in a live Zoom session on Thursday October 28th at 4:00 p.m. 4.Receive 3 hours of CTLE credit. A score of 85% or above (or 26 correct out of 30 questions) will earn you CTLE credit. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THE ASYNCHRONOUS WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE ATTENDING THE LIVE Q & A SESSION. 
Please register through Frontline:Frontline Education (mylearningplan.com) 
Oct
29

On-Demand Professional Development Course: Formative Assessment for English Learners-Fall Session

This on-demand course is self-paced, interactive, and condenses research-based, proven practices in a convenient format. Complete the course at your convenience, expand on strategies and tools that support your ELs, and earn a certificate for 1 CTLE hour upon completion, with an option for 2 additional CTLE hours for submitting select coursework. This course is based on best-selling book Unlocking English Learners' Potential (book not required for the course).
Nov
01

Immigrant Experience Book Club Session 1: When Stars are Scattered

Knowing our students and their stories is the first step in providing an equitable education for English Language Learners. Research shows us time and again that empathy is the gateway to breaking down the barriers that prevent ELLs from being fully included in school communities. Please join MidWest RBERN in a virtual book club series focused on the "Immigrant Experience" designed to help educators increase their capacity to identify and empathize with others lived experiences. All book club sessions will be a combination of Schoology work and 1 ZOOM discussion. Schoology codes will be sent prior to the start of each session. Books are to be purchased on your own. Session 1 is run from November 1-30, 2021 
Nov
03

SIFE Manual Series- Intake and Assessment

So you think you have a student with interrupted formal education? Now what? This 3 hour course focuses on deepening our understanding of who SIFE are, the SIFE identification process, and gathering data on students prior schooling and family literacy practices. This course is a combination of synchronous and a synchronous work. You will complete 1.5 hours of outside work and attend a 1.5 hours ZOOM from 4:00-5:30pm. ZOOM links will be sent the morning of the meeting. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3905271&D=18636
Nov
09

Seal of Biliteracy Regional Collaborative Module 2: Planning to Implement the Seal

The purpose of this collaborative working group is to discuss best practices, share resources and effectively plan for the implementation of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy in schools and districts across the region, with a focus on NYSED's NYSSB Guidance Toolkit. This session will focus on Modul 2: Planning to Implement the Seal. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3910690&D=18636
Nov
10

World Language Forum

This professional learning opportunity is for world language educators and leaders. This forum aims to share resources and expertise; discuss common needs, share questions and interests in a collaborative space. The purpose of this forum is to create deeper understanding of regulatory changes, share curricular updates and provide unified support for the teaching of World Languages across the Mid-West RBERN region. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3911053&D=18636
Nov
15

NYSESLAT Linguistic Demands Series- Part 2: Speaking

Each year, students identified as English Language Learners take the NYSESLAT to determine their proficiency in English in four modalities. In this workshop, participants will take a close look at what is expected of students in the speaking portions of the test and interact with the NYSESLAT Targets (Targets of Measure). Additionally, participants will look at how this information, combined with knowledge of a student's proficiency level can inform instructional practice. Teachers will be able to sequence speaking lessons in the English as a New Language classroom and better understand the linguistic demands of the speaking portion of the NYSESLAT. This session not only prepares teachers for scoring the NYSESLAT but also helps prepare appropriate learning targets tailored to student abilities and needs. 
Nov
17

ELL Coordinator Meeting November

Monthly ELL Coordinator Meeting to discuss current issues and needs regarding ELLs/MLs in the Mid-West RBERN Region. An agenda and Zoom link will be sent a few days prior to the meeting. Presentation portions of the meetings will be recorded and available upon request. PD Credit for ELLs will only be granted to those who register and attend the meeting.
Nov
17

SIFE Manual Series- Programming

So you think you have a student with interrupted formal education? Now what? This 3 hour course focuses on reviewing student data and developing program models that fit the needs of our students. This course is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous work. You will complete 1.5 hours of outside work and attend a 1.5 hours ZOOM. ZOOM will be held from 4:00-5:30. ZOOM links will be sent the morning of the meeting. *SIFE Manual Series requires you to sign up for each session individually. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3905323&D=18636
Nov
29

Secondary ELL Collaborative

This professional learning opportunity is specifically for middle and high school teachers of English language learners (ELLs). This collaborative network will serve as a forum for ENL educators to share resources and expertise; and to discuss common needs, questions, and interests in a safe space. We will meet virtually on bi-monthly basis with a different focus for each session. Participants do not need to be available for all meetings in order to register for this collaborative. 
Dec
01

Immigrant Experience Book Club Session 2: Americanized Rebel without a Green Card

Knowing our students and their stories is the first step in providing an equitable education for English Language Learners. Research shows us time and again that empathy is the gateway to breaking down the barriers that prevent ELLs from being fully included in school communities. Please join MidWest RBERN in a virtual book club series focused on the "Immigrant Experience" designed to help educators increase their capacity to identify and empathize with others lived experiences. All book club sessions will be a combination of Schoology work and 1 ZOOM discussion. Schoology codes will be sent prior to the start of each session. Books are to be purchased on your own. Session 2 runs from December 1 - January 2 2022. 
Dec
01

On-Demand Book Study: Unlocking English Learners' Potential

This on-demand book study is self-paced and is designed for educators (Content Area Teachers, Classroom Teachers, ENL Teacher and Content/Classroom Teacher Team) looking for tools and strategies to support English Language Learners' (ELLs') access to content and acquisition of language. Explore tools and strategies to strengthen your work with ELLs. The course is structured to be completed while reading the book from Drs. Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder. The book - Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible (book not included with purchase of course). Mid-West RBERN will provide the first 10 participants to register with a copy of the book. This online book study begins December 1, 2021. There is only one zoom meeting to attend, June 7th, 2022 from 4-5pm. Participants will receive the Zoom link one week prior to the meeting on June 7th. 
Dec
01

SIFE Manual Series- Instructional Routines Part 1

So you think you have a student with interrupted formal education? Now what? This 3 hour course focuses on developing a core set of instructional routines designed to promote language acquisition in SIFE. This course is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous work. You will complete 1.5 hours of outside work and attend a 1.5 hours ZOOM. ZOOM will be held from 4:00-5:30. ZOOM links will be sent the morning of the meeting. *SIFE Manual Series requires you to sign up for each session individually. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3905326&D=18636
Dec
14

Seal of Biliteracy Regional Collaborative Module 3: Designing the Culminating Project and Promoting

The purpose of this collaborative working group is to discuss best practices, share resources and effectively plan for the implementation of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy in schools and districts across the region, with a focus on NYSED's NYSSB Guidance Toolkit. This session will focus on Module 3: Designing the Culminating Project and Promoting the NYSSB Program. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3910702&D=18636

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