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PRHYLI students in Albany
Teachers at PD
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Seal of Biliteracy Students and Teachers
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Student at graduation

Mid-West RBERN


SIFE Manual

SIFE Manual

NYSED has developed a new guidance document tp help schools and districts support Students with Interrupted Formal Education.  More +

Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Standards Review

The Public Comment Period will be open from Monday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m. through Saturday, February 1st at 11:59 p.m. More +

Introducing Our New Colleague!

Mid-West RBERN extends a warm welcome to our new PD specialist, Nicole Bell. More +
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Bilingual Education Resources: Supporting and Sustaining Initiative

New CUNY resources and topic briefs produced for NYSED.  More +


 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.



SupportEd Winter Online Courses

RBERN Scholarship  Opportunity for Online Professional Learning from SupportEd- Winter 2020 Session: January 21–March 6, 2020
Mid-West RBERN is teaming up with SupportEd to offer the following online courses to educators in our region:
- Strategies for Building ELs’ Academic Language
- Effectively Reaching Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

More info from SupportEd:
Our interactive online courses are developed by a team of experts at SupportEd and provide guidance in using research-based strategies for supporting the academic achievement and language development of ELs. Each course allows teachers and administrators to learn at their own pace while improving classroom practice and support of ELs. Each course participant becomes part of an online professional learning community (PLC), as each course provides an opportunity for dialogue and collaboration with other participants and the SupportEd team. All courses provide a certificate for 10 hours of professional development upon completion. 

- For more information about the courses, visit:

*Scholarship recipients will commit to share their learning in a turnkey training before September, 2020. Some options for turnkey training could be: presenting at a regional conference (ex. August Teacher Summit); presenting at a district department meeting; creating a resource to share in the region; publishing an article or video. Participants will receive an additional 2 hours of CTLE credit for turnkey training. 

Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 20, 2019

With questions, please contact: or call (585) 352-2790

Engaging Parents & Families of ELLs

Engaging families of ELLs can have a great impact on the academic success of Ells. Participants will give thoughtful consideration to many factors impacting ELL parent involvement and receive the tools necessary to create their own action plan. Register on Frontline 

Seal of Biliteracy Regional Collaborative (Session 5)

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 piloting the NYSED Modules.

Newcomers in Your Class-WFL BOCES

Build awareness of ELL needs and share strategies.
Registration via Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Professional Learning Catalog 

Wayne-Finger Lakes ENL Network (Session 3)

 This online professional development opportunity is for educators of English language learners from the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. This collegial network will serve as a forum for educators to share resources and expertise; and to discuss common needs, questions, and interests.
Registration on Frontline.  

Part 154 Coordinators Zoom Meeting

Online meeting for Administrators of ELL Programs

Seal of Biliteracy Regional Collaborative (Session 6)

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 piloting the NYSED Modules.

Talk-Read-Talk-Write/Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES

Step by step guide to implementing structured conversation.
Registration via Wayne-Finger Lakes Professional Learning Catalog 

A Day of Professional Learning in Support of Multilingual Learners featuring Kathy Escamilla

Co-sponsored by Mid-West RBERN at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
Join us for a full day of learning with sessions by Kathy Escamilla, RBERN staff, and American Reading Company. Lunch will be provided.

Kathy Escamilla, Ph.D.  Professor of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Escamilla’s research centers on educational issues related to Spanish-speaking language minority students in U.S. schools. She is specifically interested in issues related to the development of bilingualism and biliteracy in early elementary grades for this Spanish-speaking population.
Register here: 

Vendor Preview Day

Showcase of resources to support content and language learning.

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