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.

¡Felicitaciones a los delegados! Congratulations to the Syracuse Delegation!

Thank you to all of our collaborators and supporters who made PRHYLI

a meaningful experience for our Syracuse Delegation.

The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI) is a collaboration with the NYS Assembly, Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Taskforce, SOMOS Inc., OBEWL, and RBERNS statewide.

The program focuses on student empowerment and leadership development through the:

  • development of leadership skills in Hispanic Youth
  • opportunities for students to interact with positive role models such as Puerto Rican/Hispanic elected officials, educators, and business leaders
  • partnerships and conversations among educators, business leaders, and students
  • development of an in-depth knowledge of the state legislative process

Students with heritage ties to any of the formally recognized Spanish-speaking countries, sovereign states, and/or territories are invited to apply to become part of the PR/HYLI Institute.

What is PRHYLI? Video

Congratulations Lisa Law!

Lisa is a seasoned English teacher who recently made the transition to being an ENL teacher a few years ago. She had a passion for supporting our ELLs and serving our students in a new capacity, and took the leap to become an ENL teacher. While relatively new to the role, she brings so much to our department and consistently advocates for our ELLs and their families. She collaborates with many teachers in her building, and department, and she is very well-respected by her peers. In her short tenure as an ENL teacher, she has mentored some new ENL teachers here, providing support to them and helping them be successful in their new role. Lisa seeks out continual professional learning opportunities to continue to grow in her own abilities. She is always happy to share that new learning with her peers.

Lisa has recently collaborated with a literacy teacher and some others to develop a website that provides scaffolds for our literacy curriculum grades K-5. She has worked to develop appropriate supports for students in reading, writing, listening and speaking, for each thematic unit, along with providing cultural connections for students in their tier one curriculum. This website has been shared widely, not only with other ENL teachers districtwide, but with all elementary teachers, as a resource available to provide supports for ELLs at varying levels of literacy.

Nominate an ENL Teacher for ENL Teacher of the Month!

Mid-State RBERN would like to feature the incredible work of our ENL Teachers in the Mid-State Region! Any certified ENL Teacher is eligible to be nominated.

Nominate Here

Our English Language Learners (ELLs) and Multilingual Learners (MLs) inspire us with their incredible resilience, determination, and perseverance. Their stories illustrate diverse experiences, showcasing varying strengths and abilities. Through their stories, we hope to highlight the richness of their narratives throughout the Mid-State Region.

Mid-State RBERN's Monthly Newsletters will highlight the outstanding work and stories of our ELLs/MLs, recognizing and sharing their inspiring journeys to success.

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Upcoming Mid-State RBERN's Professional Learning Opportunities

Regional ENL Program Administrators Meeting

At each meeting, Mid-State RBERN will share NYSED updates, answer field questions, and build ENL program administrators' capacity to serve Multilingual Learners and English Language Learners.

Participants: ENL Program Administrators Only

Date: May 14, 2024

Time: 10:00 - 11:00a.m. 

Location: Zoom


Caffeinated Conversations

Caffeinated Conversations is a virtual platform for all educators to connect, ask questions, and participate in conversations that support their work with English Language Learners and Multilingual Learners.

Participants: ALL Educators of ELLs/MLs

Final Meeting of the Year - NYSESLAT Q & A

Date: May 2, 2024

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

Location: Zoom


1 CTLE hour

2024 NYSESLAT Regional Scoring

ENL Program Administrators have been contacted to register their districts for scoring.

Date: June 4, 2024

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: In-Person at OCM BOCES

110 Elwood Davis Rd, Liverpool NY 13088

Bridges Summer Institute 

Register for Stand-Alone ENL

Register for Integrated ENL/ELA

Register for Math

Register for Administrator

Participation in a Bridges orientation is a prerequisite for attending the Summer Institute.

Contact to register for the Thursday, May 23rd orientation.

School-Wide Systems for Multilingual Learner Success

Instructors: Lisa Auslander and Joanna Yip

Participants: Administrators

This interactive learning opportunity is for school and district leaders to collaborate, reflect, design school environments, and develop their leadership in serving multilingual students. Participants will walk away with an action plan for how to operationalize a systems approach to serving multilingual learners.

Dates: July 15th, July 17th, July 24th, July 29th, July 31st

Time:12:30-3:00p.m. EST (2.5 hours per session)

Location: Zoom


Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages (OBEWL)

Linguistic Diversity in the Heritage Classroom: Educational Practices that Celebrate Home Languages

Maria Quintanilla

Date: April 24, 2024

Time: 4:00-5:00p.m.

Location: Zoom


Leveraging Social Justice Approaches to Affirm and Support World Language Students 

Dr. Pamela M. Wesely

Date: May 21, 2024

Time: 4:00-5:00p.m.

Location: Zoom


Checkpoint A Benchmark Proficiency Assessment Guidance & Item Writing

Dates: Thursday, July 18th - Friday, July 19th, 2024

Participants must commit to attending both days in full.

Location: OHM BOCES 4747 Middle Settlement Rd, New Hartford, NY 13413


CUNY - Initiative on Immigration and Education (IIE) Modules:

Register for the following modules by Friday, April 19, 2024

The modules will include a 1-hour assignment prior to the start of the course (found at the end of this registration form), 7.5 mandatory hours of synchronous sessions, and an additional 6.5 hours of asynchronous small group and independent work.

Participants: All Educators: (Social Workers, Paraprofessionals, Teachers, School Leaders)

Immigration in Secondary Schools

Instructor: Dr. Gliset Colón

This module will help educators explore and identify what advocacy can look like in our schools and classrooms, learn how to support immigrant-origin students with college and career access and understand how to support immigrant-origin youth empowerment in and out of schools. Activities will provide opportunities for educators not only to discuss key issues, but also to connect with community stakeholders in order to identify the concrete actions they can take to support students and families.


Thursday, May 2, 4:30-5:30 pm (Virtual)

Thursday, May 9, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (In-person at Erie 1 BOCES)

Thursday, May 23, 4:30-5:30 pm (Virtual)

Strategies for Supporting Immigrant Students: Translanguaging

Instructor: Sunisa Nuonsy

This module will focus on adopting a translanguaging pedagogy to support immigrant-origin students in K-12 classrooms. We will learn how to leverage the linguistic and cultural practices that students and their families bring to our learning communities. All educators are encouraged to apply: social workers, paraprofessionals, teachers, school leaders, and others are welcome!


Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Tuesday, May 14th, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Tuesday, May 21st, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Refugees and Immigrants in Schools

Instructor: Dr. Aminata Diop

This module will help participants understand the realities of refugees and other forced migrant groups in order to facilitate student learning in new educational, cultural, and social settings. The activities and experiences will raise awareness, understanding, empathy, and competence among educators and comprise a step in the journey to better supporting refugee communities.


Wednesday, May 8th, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Wednesday, May 15th, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Wednesday, May 22nd, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Strategies for Supporting Immigrant Students: Trauma-Informed Practice

Instructor: Ashley Busone-Rodriguez

This module will focus on best practices for supporting students of immigrant origin in K-12 classrooms. We will learn how to identify possible trauma indicators in our learning communities, explore trauma-informed pedagogical practices, and come up with plans to support students and their families.


Wednesday, May 8th, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Wednesday, May 15th, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Wednesday, May 22nd, 6:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom

Subscribe to the semimonthly National Clearinghouse for English Acquisition e-newsletter for upcoming events and resources.

CTE Professional Development Calendar

Special Populations and ELLs Professional Development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Professional Development

New CTE Teacher Cohort

Job Vacancies

Certification Programs:

Teacher Certification Programs Information (CR-ITI)

ELL-focused School & District Leadership Certification Cohort

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RBERNing Questions Podcast Season II

Upcoming Professional Learning

List of Translators & Interpreters

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