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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
NYSED

NYSED Emergency Regulations

Board of Regents Acts on Fifth Series of Emergency Regulations to Ease Burdens on Educators, Students and Professionals in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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NYSED

Additional Pathway Assessments

Arabic added to list of LOTE Approved Assessments for Multiple Pathways to Graduation 
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OBEWL August 2020 Newsletter

Click here for news & updates from the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages 
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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 +
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New York State Reopening Guidance Document

Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools
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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

Sep
28

Wayne-Finger Lakes Region ELL Collaborative

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! As we start out this year, Mid-West RBERN is inviting ENL teachers from each region to participate in a round-table discussion. Topics include tips for online learning, the latest guidance from NYSED, and what is happening around the field as we continue to navigate our way through new school structures and routines. Participants will have an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other ENL teachers from neighboring districts. Registrants will receive a Zoom Link the day before the meeting. This meeting is limited to school districts within the Midwest RBERN region only. Please register through Frontline:https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=18636&I=3611217
Oct
01

Immigrant Experience Book Club: Session 1 Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora

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 the session. Books are to be purchased on your own. Session 1 will be run October 1 2020- November 30 2020 and we will read and discuss "Unaccompanied" by Javier Zamora.

Oct
02

Monroe 2 - ELL Collaborative

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! As we start out this year, Mid-West RBERN is inviting ENL teachers from each region to participate in a round-table discussion. Topics include tips for online learning, the latest guidance from NYSED, and what is happening around the field as we continue to navigate our way through new school structures and routines. Participants will have an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other ENL teachers from neighboring districts. Registrants will receive a Zoom Link the day before the meeting.  This meeting is limited to districts within the Mid-West RBERN region. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=18636&I=3611667
Oct
15

NYSITELL Asynchronous Training: October

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. Participants will: 1.Read, listen to, and take notes on the Pear Deck presentation. Most of the presentation is material that you will read on your own. However, throughout the presentation there are sound files that you will want to listen to for more information or for a guide of the page. There will also be questions to answer throughout. These questions are simply meant to keep you engaged and will not be graded. 2.Take an online assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of the NYSITELL. You may use any notes that you have taken as well as go back to the presentation to find the answers. There are a total of 30 questions. 3.Participate in a live Zoom session on Thursday October 15th at 4:00 PM. (Link will be sent upon registration) 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. If you score below 85%, you will have the opportunity to re-take the quiz. Teachers or Administrators who would like a refresher of the NYSITELL may also take this course but there have not been any significant changes to the test. Please register through Frontline: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3616929&D=18636 

Oct
22

SIFE Manual Series: Intake & 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  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.
Nov
05

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 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=3572348&D=18636
Nov
19

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 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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