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

Welcome to
the monthly
E-News for
the Mid-State
Resource Network (RBE-RN),
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Syracuse, NY.

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

November 2016


Dear Colleagues:
This month’s topic is:
Family Involvement

Did you know that November is National Family Literacy Month? In support, we’re dedicating this E-news to resources geared toward family involvement. Start by letting families know that reading and speaking to their child in their native language is extremely beneficial to student learning. Children will take the language concepts being learned in that language and use it to support learning a new language.

Upcoming Events

  • Developing Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students November 30, 2016 in Albany, NY. OBE-WL is presenting the First Annual Literacy Conference that will provide knowledge in implementing academically-rigorous instruction for ELLs/MLLs.
  • Teacher’s Institute: Teaching ELLs Across the Content December 9, 2016 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, New York State Teachers Centers and Corwin Press.

    Margo Gottlieb
    Assessment Strand

    Ivannia Soto
    Literacy Strand

    Diane Staehr Fenner
    Humanities Strand

    Gottlieb Soto Staehr-Fenner

RBE-RN Library

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


This month's book highlights:  Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners by David Campos, Rocio Delgado, and Mary Esther Soto Huerta.

This books provides guidance and resources to help teachers communicate and collaborate with the families of Latino English Language Learners (ELLs). Practical tips and tools, including reproducible form letters in English and Spanish, are provided to help teachers solicit valuable information about students from their families, extend families' knowledge of how U.S. schools operate, and provide families with ideas for helping students.

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

Resource Spotlight

  • Help your Child Learn to Read Tons of resources for parents with children at all grade levels.
  • Cultivating Readers Available in English and Spanish. Provides strategies to promote reading from birth to 8 years old. There is also a suggested booklist broken down by genre.

Content Corner

Home Strategies

Newcomer Nook

Tech Tips

  • Classtag A free online platform dedicated to forming parent-teacher partnerships.

For Administrators

ELLs in the News


Coming Next Month

Our topic will be:  Holidays and Celebrations

Check out Mid-State RBERN’s blog!


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