Welcome Back!

We are excited for another school year.

Our office is here to support you

 in your work with English Language Learners

and Multilingual Learners.

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 MidstateRBERNta@ocmboces.org 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) & 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!

Mid-State RBERN's Professional Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Workshops

Click on the links below to register on Frontline (MLP)

The ELL Identification Process for Qualified Personnel

Date: September 28, 2023

Time: 8:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.

Location: OCM BOCES Main Campus110 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool NY 13088 (Cayuga Conference Room)

CTLE: 7 Hours

Supporting Newcomers Success Series


September 28th - Session 1: Getting to Know ML Newcomers

October 5th - Session 2: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

October 26th Session 3: Cultivating Social and Emotional Learning

Time: 3:00 - 4:30p.m.

Location: Synchronous - Online

CTLE 1.5 Hours

WITsi -Writing is Thinking 101: The Mighty Sentence

Participants are expected to attend all three sessions:

October 16 (Honeoye Conference Room)

October 23 (Canandaigua Conference Room)

October 30 (Canandaigua Conference Room)

Time: 8:30a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Location: OCM BOCES Main Campus110 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool NY 13088

CTLE: 6.5 Hours

Virtual Support for Educators of English Language Learners

Join us for Caffeinated Conversations for 2023 - 2024 school year!

Register for The ELL ID Process conversation

Date: September 21st

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

Location: Zoom

Participants will receive CTLE hours.

New ENL Teachers are encouraged to join RBERN C.A.R.E.S - A New ENL Teacher Virtual Cohort

Collaborate with a network of ENL Teachers

Apply instructional strategies

Reflect on your professional growth

Engage in meaningful conversations

Support one-another

Schedule of Monthly Sessions

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

Location: Zoom

Participants will receive CTLE hours.

Enroll in our Book Studies

Additional Trainings & Workshops

Voices United: Embracing Diversity to Foster Multiculturalism and Multilingualism

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ayanna Cooper


Thursday, November 2nd | 8:00a.m. - 3:15p.m.

Convention Center - Empire State Plaza

Albany NY

What Educators Need to Know About Immigration Law

Mid-West RBERN and Author Greg Cunningham


Thursday, September 28 | 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

3599 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport NY

Refugees and Immigrants in Schools


Register for the 3 Sessions

Thursday, November 16 | 4:30 - 5:30pm


Thursday, November 30 | 9am - 3:30pm

Erie 1 BOCES, Education Campus

Tuesday, December 19 | 4:30 - 5:30pm


Elevating SLIFE Success: Strategies for Programming and Instruction

with Dr. Carol Salva & Shannon Smith, MEd

Register for the Webinar

Monday, October 2 | 4:30 - 5:30 pm ET

Immigration in Elementary Schools


Register for this CTLE Course

Last Day to Register is October 2, 2023

Additional PL Sponsored by CUNY-IIE

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 info@bridges-sifeproject.com

CTE Professional Development Calendar

Special Populations and ELLs Professional Development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Professional Development

New CTE Teacher Cohort


Mid-State RBERN's Podcasts will be returning in Fall 2023.

Highest Aspirations, Ellevation Education

ASSETS the Podcast, Hosted by Dr. Jobi Lawrence


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

rbern@ocmboces.org | www.ocmboces.org/rbern

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