Students with different flags
Kids
PRHYLI students in Albany
Teachers at PD
Nepali dancer
Teachers doing activity
Student with ELA award
Student presentation on Yemen
Teachers with books
Seal of Biliteracy Students and Teachers
PRHYLI student award winner
Student at graduation

Mid-West RBERN

News

NYSED

Amendments to NYS Diploma Requirements

The Department released a memo and an FAQ pertaining to the amendments to diploma requirements approved by the Board of Regents on Monday, March 15th.
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NYSED

NYSESLAT Updates

NYSED plans to make its Spring 2021 NYSESLAT available for administration to ELLs who are able to test in-person.


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NYSSB

NYSSB Annual Report

The New York State Education Department released  the 2019-20 Report on the New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB).
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LOTE

New World Language (LOTE) Standards

Board of Regents Acts to Adopt Revisions to State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English

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OBEWL

OBEWL March 2021 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter contains a Letter from Associate Commissioner Elisa Alvarez along with articles on: NYSED’s ELL  Science Initiative; News from other NYSED offices
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eTeachNY

Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Environments (TRLE) Webpage

eTeachNY is a coalition of education partners who have come together to support the implementation of the Teaching in Remote Learning Environments (TRLE) Initiative.

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

Apr
13

The Pushouts, Film Screening and Discussion

Please join Mid-West RBERN for a virtual screening and discussion of "The Pushouts." This documentary tells the story of Victor Rios, a high school dropout and gang member turned award winning professor, author and expert on the school to prison pipeline, and of his mission to work with young people who have been pushed out of school for reasons beyond their control. 

Apr
22

Spring Scholarship Recipient Showcase

This past winter, 16 teachers from around the region received a scholarship to participate in a course provided by SupportEd titled Creating a Culturally Responsive School Climate.

The objectives of the course were to discuss and apply strategies to:

1. understand the role of culture in the education of multilingual students,
2. explore strategies to build a culturally responsive school climate, and
3. apply strategies to build  collaborative relationships with multilingual students and their families and foster family engagement

This showcase features five scholarship recipients who will present their learning and application in a collection of 10-15 minute presentations.

Participants will be sent the Zoom Link the day of the showcase.
Apr
28

How Language Impacts Learning Session 1 by eTeachNY

This turnkey session is designed to assist all teachers understand how to make content comprehensible for ELLs/MLLs. Specifically, the session will focus on helping teachers understand how language impacts learning and specific ways to create meaning for students who speak other languages. Strategies include using visuals, experiences, and home language support to improve student achievement. There are no specific meeting times for this course. All items must be completed and submitted by April 28, 2021. 

Apr
28

Immigrant Experience Book Club Session 4: Green Card Youth Voices Upstate NY

Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from UpState New York" is a unique collection of personal essays written by students from Rochester and Buffalo New York. Coming from different countries, these youth share stories of family, school, change, and dreams. The broad range of experiences and the honesty with which these young people tell their stories is captured here with inspiring clarity. Join us for this State wide book club to build empathy and awareness for the English learner population. This is a hybrid course featuring online discussions and culminating in a panel discussion with student authors the evening of April 28, 2021. Link to Schoology course, course syllabus, and panel information will be provided upon registration for the course. Please register through Frontline: Frontline Education (mylearningplan.com) 
May
01

Immigrant Experience Book Club Session 5: The Good Immigrant by Nikesha Shulka & Chimene Suleyman

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 5 will run May 1 2021- June 14 2021 and we will read and discuss "The Good Immigrant" by Javier Nikesha Shulka & Chimene Suleyman.
May
05

How Language Impacts Learning Session 1 by eTeachNY

This turnkey session is designed to assist all teachers understand how to make content comprehensible for ELLs/MLLs. Specifically, the session will focus on helping teachers understand how language impacts learning and specific ways to create meaning for students who speak other languages. Strategies include using visuals, experiences, and home language support to improve student achievement. There are no specific meeting times for this course. All items must be completed and submitted by May 5, 2021. 

May
10

Seal of Biliteracy Regional Collaborative Module 7: Wrapping up Your Program.

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 7: Wrapping up Your Program. Please register through Frontline:
May
18

Understanding Home Language Supports, Synchronous Course

In this session, participants will develop an understanding of how to include home language supports in content area instruction. Included in this training, participants will receive access to short webinettes created by content area teachers and ENL teachers, to help engage ELLs in the content areas. Webinettes will be shared in Science and Math, and additional webinettes will be coming in ELA and in Social Studies. The webinettes are delivered in simplified English, plus 10 additional languages. The webinettes can be used with students, both in remote learning and in hybrid learning environments, can be used with parents to support their children at home, and can also be used in in-person classes to help ELLs build foundational skills and knowledge. Approximately one day prior to the session, participants registered will receive a Zoom link for the training. As a result of participating in this session, teachers will have a deeper understanding of how to support their ELLs using home language without seeking fully translated texts and/or lessons. 

Please post in Frontline: Frontline Education (mylearningplan.com) 

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