RBERN's ESL/Bilingual Education News from OCM BOCES Instructional Support

September 2016


Welcome to the monthly E-News for the Mid-State Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN), located at OCM BOCES in Syracuse, NY.

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Thank you for your interest in the education of New York's English Language Learners.


Back to School

Dear Colleagues:

This month’s topic is:
Starting the New School Year

The Mid-State Regional Bilingual Educational Resource Network (RBERN) welcomes the 2016-2017 school year! We look forward to an exciting year of Changes, Outreach, and Professional Development Opportunities to guide and support ENL teachers and administrators.
Thank you again for being a part of our network. We look forward to serving you!

Upcoming Events

  •  NYS TESOL 46th Annual Conference: Collaboration in the ENL Classroom and Beyond, November 4 & 5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, NY.

  • Understanding Language Acquisition and the Special Education Process to Meet the Needs of Struggling ELLs November 8 at OCM BOCES Main Campus. The unique structure of this workshop allows participants to attend a morning breakout session specific to their individual roles as they relate to English Language Learners (ELLs) in order to gain specific, essential background knowledge before coming together with peers in the afternoon to engage in deeper learning. English as a New Language (ENL) teacher will attend Special Education Identification as it relates to ELLs. Special Education (SPED) teachers will attend 1st and 2nd Language Acquisition, Linguistic Demands and Culturally Responsive Teaching. Administrators will attend Culturally Sensitive Parent Involvement and Engagement Strategies. Everyone will attend two sessions: Utilizing a Pre-referral Data Collection Tool for ELLs with a Possible Learning Disability and Teaching Strategies to Support and Engage Struggling ELLs

  • SAVE THE DATE! December 9, 2016 - Teacher’s Institute: Teaching ELLs Across the Content at the Holiday Inn at 411 Electronic Parkway in Liverpool. Fee: $50 includes continental breakfast, lunch and book. In collaboration with the Mid-West and Western RBERN, OBE-WL, and Corwin Press

    Margo Gottlieb
    Assessment Strand

    Ivannia Soto
    Literacy Strand

    Diane Staehr Fenner
    Humanities Strand

    Gottlieb Soto Staehr-Fenner

RBE-RN Library

BookCheck out books and other resources, we even have iPads to loan for you to pilot in your classroom.

This month's book highlights: Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners 2nd Edition by Jane D. Hill and Kirsten B. Miller

Find instructional strategies for ELL students of all ages and proficiency levels. Offers step-by-step guidance to help ELLs improve in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

To find this book, do an enhanced search at the RBE-RN Library by author or title.

Resource Spotlight

Content Corner

Home Strategies

Newcomer Nook

For Administrators


Now accepting applications for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI). Five Days of Leadership Training and a Three-day Conference in Albany at No Cost to current 11th or 12th graders of Latino/Hispanic Heritage. Find more information here.

Video Check out our PR/HYLI video!

ELLs in the News


Coming Next Month

Our topic will be:
SIFE (Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education)

Check out Mid-State RBERN’s blog!


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Contact Us

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