At Mid-State RBERN, our mission is to help school communities create educational environments that are safe, equitable and culturally relevant for English Language Learners (ELLs).

Our office strengthens educators, parents and local communities with free technical assistance, professional learning and resource materials for 9 BOCES and 126 school districts. We support the Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages (NYSED) initiatives.

Technical Assistance

We encourage you to direct all questions and concerns to to ensure consistency and appropriate response time. Also note that you will receive responses from this account, so be sure to add it to your address book.

English as a New Language (ENL) and World Languages (WL) Resources

The Mid-State RBERN Toolkit provides educators with the most up-to-date, researched-based strategies and resources for ENL and World Languages.

Check out our website for information regarding NYS Regulations, Instructional Practices, Teaching Materials, and more!

Updates from NYSED

Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures

Guided by research, stakeholder feedback, and their expertise and experiences, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures (“the Commission” or “BRC”) identified high-level skills, knowledge areas,  and competencies that holistically reflect successful outcomes of P-12 education. (Page 28 - 12 Recommendations).

New York State Graduation Measures Initiative (Presentation)

Asylum Seeker Enrollment and Immunizations

This memo provides important information regarding the obligation of schools and districts to enroll students, including refugees or asylum seekers, pending receipt of their health records and to assist them in obtaining all necessary immunizations within the applicable time frame.

Additional Guidance on the 2023–24 Elementary- and Intermediate-level Testing Schedule The purpose of this memorandum is to provide additional guidance on the 2023–24 Elementary- and Intermediate-level Testing Schedule including sample scenarios to assist schools and districts with planning for test administration.

Upcoming Professional Learning

Mid-State RBERN's Professional Learning Opportunities

Virtual Support for Educators of English Language Learners

Caffeinated Conversations

Caffeinated Conversations is a virtual platform for all educators of English Language Learners (ELLs) to collaborate, ask questions, and participate in meaningful conversations.

Schedule of Sessions

Time: 3:00 - 4:00p.m.

Location: Zoom

Participants will receive CTLE hours.

ENL Teachers are encouraged to join RBERN C.A.R.E.S

Collaborate with a network of ENL Teachers

Apply instructional strategies

Reflect on your professional growth

Engage in meaningful conversations

Support one-another

We now have two virtual cohorts

New ENL Teachers Cohort

ENL Teacher Enrichment Cohort

Monthly Sessions

Time: 3:00 - 4:00p.m.

Location: Zoom

Participants will receive CTLE hours.

Enroll in our Book Studies

Additional Trainings & Workshops

Strategies for Target Language Use at Checkpoint A

Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, Dr. Joanne O'Toole, and Bill Heller

December 5, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. via Zoom

NYS Seal of Biliteracy Webinars

Viewers must register in advance using the links below:

Promoting the Seal of Biliteracy and Recruiting Students

Monday, December 4th, 2023

3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Supporting Students through the Culminating Project

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Using the NYSSB rubric to Evaluate Culminating Project Presentations

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Training Panelists to Evaluate Culminating Projects & Presentations

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Demystifying End-of-Year Data Submission for the Seal

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Voices United: Embracing Diversity to Foster Multiculturalism and Multilingualism

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ayanna Cooper


December 7, 2023 | 8:00a.m. - 3:15p.m.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center

12th Floor Lounge

113 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

Supporting Newcomer ELLs at Risk and SWD ELLs

NYS Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network


6 Part Series

Supporting Newly Arrived Immigrant Students & Families

NYS Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network


2 Part Series

Office of Early Learning Fiscal Webinar Series

Guidance on the State-Administered Prekindergarten application, final report, and FS-10 budget process.

Trainings on Home Language Screening for Incoming SIFE Students

Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener (MLS)

Register for a Training

For more information and to reserve your spot, please email

CTE Professional Development Calendar

Special Populations and ELLs Professional Development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Professional Development

New CTE Teacher Cohort

Free Recorded Webinars


Jobs Vacancies

Certification Programs

Teacher Certification Programs Information (CR-ITI)

ELL-focused School & District Leadership Certification Cohort

We are here to support you!

(315) 433-2664

Visit: 110 Elwood Davis Rd., Liverpool, NY 13088

Mail: P.O. Box 4754, Syracuse, NY 13221 |

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