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Mid-West RBERN

News

A Letter to Colleagues

Dear Educators,    
During this unprecedented time in our history, RBERN wants you to know that we remain committed to serving your district to support the education of some of your most vulnerable students, your English Language Learners (ELLs). Like all of you, we are working remotely to ensure that teachers are well equipped to continue the learning of all of your students. We are busy rescheduling sessions and creating new opportunities to stay connected. You may reach out to any of us here:                
If you do not currently receive our weekly notes, you may sign up for those in the lower right hand corner of the home page. These weekly communications offer updates from NYSED, resources for teachers and families, and information that helps meet the needs of your students.    As always, please reach out to us at any time. We are your dedicated partners.        
Thank you for your dedication and commitment.
Sincerely,
Lourdes
 

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NYSED

NYSED Guidance on Over-Age Students

Providing Over-Age Students the Opportunity to Return to School in the 2020-21 School Year Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic More +
NYSED

NYSED Guidance-Provision of services to ELLs and World Language students during COVID-19

Additional guidance has been released on the provision of services during statewide school closures. More +
ELLs MLLs and Covid 19

ELLs/MLLs & COVID-19: Mid-West RBERN Resources

Visit Mid-West RBERN's resource page: ELLSs/MLLs & COVID-19. 
Also check out our guide: Social Emotional Well-being. 
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Continuity of Learning for English Language Learners

Continuidad de aprendizaje para estudiantes que aprenden inglés como nuevo idioma
Click HERE to view a message for ELL educators from NYSED's Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL)
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NYSED Site for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated guidance regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools across the state to help us ensure the health and safety of students. More +

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

Jul
22

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 a synchronous 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.
Aug
03

Engaging Families of English Language Learners

Communicating with families of ELLs can have a significant impact on students' academic success and family relationships with the school community. Participants in the workshop will give thoughtful consideration to the many factors impacting ELL parent engagement and receive the tools necessary to formulate their own plans for the school year. This is an online, self-paced, 3-week course using the Schoology Platform. Please note that there are NO synchronous or in-person meetings for this course. Participants will receive the course outline the week before the start date.
Aug
05

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 a synchronous 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.
Aug
05

Title III Prog Model: A look at the Wayne Finger Lakes ENL Consortium Family Engagement Program

Teacher collaboration paved the way for meeting English Language Learner (ELL) parent engagement needs of four neighboring school districts.  Participants will look at a program model currently in place that is geared toward increasing 21st century digital literacy skills of ELL parents and how Title III resources were used to propel the program. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A as well as the chance to bounce ideas of each other for Title III program development.  Participants will be emailed a Zoom Link a few hours before the start of the meeting.
Aug
13

Translation and Interpretation 101

How do translation and interpretation play a role in our classrooms and what is the difference between the two? As we head into a new school year and want to start the year off right, educators will learn how to discern what is and isn't necessary when it comes to helping students and families who speak other languages understand what is being taught in the classroom. Through the exploration of accurate programs and knowing when it is appropriate to use them, participants will leave with a draft policy that can be adopted by administrators in their building or district. This workshop is geared toward teachers and administrators of English Language Learners.
Aug
17

ELL Teacher-to-Teacher Summit

Virtual Summit
More information soon! 
Aug
19

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 a synchronous 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.

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