Mid-State RBERN Fall Newsletter 2022
The Mid-State Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network is pleased to present our first of four quarterly newsletters for the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to an exciting year of exploration and growth. Thank you for your continued dedication and advocacy for our region’s English Language Learners.
Mid-State Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN)
  • One of 8 RBERNs in the New York State
  • Located at OCM BOCES in Liverpool
  • Support New York State Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages (OBEWL) initiatives
  • Provide service to 9 BOCES and 126 districts
Our Services are Free
The mission of RBERNs is to help school communities create educational environments that are safe, equitable and culturally relevant for English Language Learners (ELLs).

We strengthen educators, parents and local communities with technical assistance, professional development and resource materials.
Meet Our Team
English as a New Language (ENL) Monthly Spotlight
Mid-State RBERN supported the second iteration of the ENL Summer Learning program at North Syracuse Central School District. There were fifty students and nineteen languages represented from grades 1 through 6. This program engaged students in learning experiences related to nature and animals while supporting language maintenance in both the home language and English. At the culmination of the program students used the skills they practice to create books related to the content they learned. The assessment data shows that students not only maintained proficiency, but in most cases showed growth in their English language acquisition.
World Languages Monthly Spotlight
The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) is proud to release the following schedule of professional learning workshops beginning in September 2022 for the first semester of the upcoming school year.

2022 World Language Professional Learning Series

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm (Zoom)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm (Zoom)

Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm (Zoom)

*All OBEWL webinars are offered free of charge to educators working in NYS schools. Educators can earn CTLE credit by attending live events or viewing the recording and scoring at least a 7 out of 10 on a multiple-choice post assessment.*
NYSED Updates
Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages September Newsletter

Providing Over-Age Students the Opportunity to Return to School in the 2022-23 School Year Due to the Impact of COVID-19 Memo (8/1/22):
Guidance to ensure that 21 year old students have a pathway to earn their diploma and transition to post-secondary experiences

Computer Based Testing Memo - (6/16/22):
Statewide implementation of Computer-Based Testing that includes NYSESLAT 

Services for Recently Arrived Refugees from Ukraine and Afghanistan Memos (4/22 & 5/22):
Supporting newly arrived students
Upcoming Trainings
Sponsored by Mid-State RBERN

10/5/22 or 11/2/22 (Virtual)
ELL Identification Process - Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) 

10/6/22 (Virtual)
CRSE: Creating a Welcoming and Affirming Environment

10/19/22 or 11/17/22 (Virtual)
English Language Learners with IEP’s & the LPT 

10/24/22 (Virtual)
CRSE: High Expectations and Rigorous Instruction

10/26/22 - 12:30 - 3:30p.m. (In-Person)
Considerations for Administration and Scoring of the NYSITELL

10/28/22 8:30a.m. - 3:30p.m. (In-Person)
Administration and Scoring of the Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) with ARC

11/10/22 (Virtual)
CRSE: Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment
Book Studies:

Breaking Down the Wall: Essential Shifts for English Learners’ Success 

Unlocking ELLs Potential  
Sponsored by
Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener
"The MLS is a state-wide diagnostic tool that was created to determine SIFEs' literacy levels in their home language in order to provide or to design appropriate instruction for these students." (NYSED)

Register for the MLS Training
  • 9/30 from 10:00 - 11:30am
  • 10/12 from 2:30 - 4:00pm

CUNY-IIE is offering free virtual professional learning opportunities to PreK-12 educators across New York State!

  • Educators will earn 15 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits

  • Modules will include:
  • a 1-hour assignment prior to the start of the course
  • 7.5 mandatory hours of online synchronous sessions (divided between three 2.5 hour sessions),
  • an additional 6.5 hours of asynchronous small group and independent work
Due to space restrictions, educators can only sign up for ONE module per academic year at this time

To Register:

Upcoming Conferences
Register for the ACTFL Conference
November 18 - 20, 2022
Register for the NYS TESOL Conference
November 3 - 5, 2022

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