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Mid-West RBERN

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A Letter to Colleagues

Dear Colleagues,
Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year. While last year ended in unchartered territory, it appears that this year’s opening is continuing along similar lines. What is evident in all of this is the resiliency, dedication and compassion that educators have for their students. Our community is in crisis, and this same resiliency, dedication and compassion for students, most especially our black and brown students, will be key to getting through these times. Now it is more important than ever to come together, to stand with each other, to stand with our students and families, to ensure that equity, justice and peace prevails. This is a time for sincere conversation, open-hearted connection, and a willingness to listen. Mid-West RBERN stands with you in our commitment to peace, justice and equity for all. Please know that we remain your partners in serving your English Language Learners and culturally diverse community, always. You may visit our website for updates and trainings, and on the homepage, and you can sign up to join our mailing list to receive emails with those updates. We look forward to creating a peaceful tomorrow with you, as we navigate through these times today.
Sincerely,
Lourdes Roa
Coordinator, MidWest RBERN
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Units of Study Guidance Document

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OBEWL Newsletter

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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.

Events

Nov
27

Supporting Immigrants in Schools Session 3: Immigration in Elementary Schools

This session focuses on bringing current immigration issues into the classroom through literature. The video also shows how schools can collaborate with immigrant advocacy organizations, and make stronger connections with families. This series of workshops is based on a four-part video series and resource guide that provide information and illustrate successful practices in order to support educators in creating safe and welcoming environments for immigrant students and families. The goal of this series is to help educators learn, act, and advocate in the classroom. Please register through Frontline:https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3642834&D=18636

Dec
01

Immigrant Experience Book Club Session 2: Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

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. 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 the session. Books are to be purchased on your own. Session 2 will run December 1 2020- January 31 2020 and we will read and discuss "Other Words for Home" by Jasmine Warga.
Dec
02

Progress Monitoring Work Group #2

This work group will work together to develop an interim English Language Proficiency assessment that can be used by districts to obtain data regarding the proficiency of ELLs. In this second meeting, we will discuss resources reviewed, formulate a work plan, and move ahead with the work.

Please note that this work is ongoing. If you were unable to attend the first meeting, please reach out to Nicole at [email protected] before registering.

Dec
03

SIFE Manual Series: Instructional Routines Part 2

So you think you have a student with interrupted formal education? Now what? This 3 hour course focuses on developing additional 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 links will be sent the morning of the meeting. *SIFE Manual Series requires you to sign up for each session individually.
Dec
07

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=3640534&D=18636

Dec
07

Supporting Immigrants in Schools Session 4: Immigration in Secondary Schools

This session highlights a high school Dream Team, and shows how other schools can start their own club for immigrant justice. It also shows how a school counselor ensures that undocumented students have access to information about attending and funding college. This series of workshops is based on a four-part video series and resource guide that provide information and illustrate successful practices in order to support educators in creating safe and welcoming environments for immigrant students and families. The goal of this series is to help educators learn, act, and advocate in the classroom. Please register through Frontline: 
Dec
10

December ELL Collaborative: Remote Learning Roundtable (P.M. Session)

Looking for advice on ways to best utilize Google Classroom with your ELLS? Do you have an easy way to navigate Schoology? Have a great tip that you just can't wait to share with other teachers? In this month's ELL Collaborative, ENL teachers will meet for an open sharing session of ideas to use in the remote learning world we are living in now. Come to share a piece of advice or to listen and get ideas for your classroom. Link to the meeting will be sent the day before.


Dec
11

December ELL Collaborative: Remote Learning Roundtable (A.M Session)

Looking for advice on ways to best utilize Google Classroom with your ELLS? Do you have an easy way to navigate Schoology? Have a great tip that you just can't wait to share with other teachers? In this month's ELL Collaborative, ENL teachers will meet for an open sharing session of ideas to use in the remote learning world we are living in now. Come to share a piece of advice or to listen and get ideas for your classroom. Link to the meeting will be sent the day before. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=18636&I=3663009

Dec
14

Supporting Immigrants in Schools Session 2: Approaches to Educating Refugees and Immigrants

This session focuses on how educators can address refugee issues, inside and outside the classroom. It also describes steps that school districts can take to ensure that immigrant families are included in their children's education, and highlights students' suggestions of ways that teachers can improve their schooling experiences. This series of workshops is based on a four-part video series and resource guide that provide information and illustrate successful practices in order to support educators in creating safe and welcoming environments for immigrant students and families. The goal of this series is to help educators learn, act, and advocate in the classroom. Please register through Frontline: Frontline Education (mylearningplan.com) 

Jan
04

Book Study: Connecting with Students Online by Jennifer Serravallo (asynchronous opportunity)

Participants will explore this very concise resource to help answer some of the biggest questions about remote or digitally based instruction:

How do I build and nurture relationships with students and their at-home caregivers from afar?
How do I adapt my best teaching to an online setting?
How do I keep a focus on students and their needs when they aren't in front of me?

Through independent reading, online discussions, and related activities, this group will look at these questions through the lens of working with English Language Learners.

Please note that all of the components of this opportunity will be completed on your own but there will be one live zoom meeting to wrap up the book, date determined by participant availability. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book which is available through amazon or the Heinemann website for under $30.

The book study will run from January 4th - February 12th and follow a weekly reading and discussion schedule.


Jan
11

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=3640540&D=18636

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