May 2023 RBERN West Newsletter

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May 2023 Newsletter

Testing season is here!

NYSESLAT highlights:

  • 2023 NYSESLAT School Administrator's Manual for general information regarding the administration and scoring of the NYSESLAT.

  • The new vendor, Pearson, will be providing the listening passages via CD this year and you will need the capacity to play CDs to administer the NYSESLAT. Please check your inventory now while you still have time to secure any necessary devices.


Regents exam highlights:


Congratulations to the RBERN West Award Recipients!

We will be rolling out the red carpet to celebrate the teachers and administrators of English language learners in Western New York on Friday, June 2nd from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Erie 1 BOCES.

Teachers and administrators are invited to this special event, which will include a conversation about future planning for the RBERN as well as acknowledging RBERN West Award Recipients. 

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Bilingual Education Toolkit Released

The Bilingual Education toolkit is to support district leaders and teachers who are considering, starting, running, and/or maintaining quality Bilingual Education programs.

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Check back monthly for newly added and updated offerings. 

View PD Opportunities

PLC for Teachers of Ukrainian Students: End of Year Events

On May 10th, join us for a special virtual presentation entitled Understanding Ukrainian History & Culture: Providing Support to Students and Families. Presented by Marina Vinitskaya, Resource Specialist at the NYU Language RBERN, this session will give participants a deeper look at the history of Ukrainian culture, language, and educational systems to support educators in their work with newly arrived Ukrainian students and families.

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On June 10th, join us for a morning at the Castellani Art Museum to experience the art Exhibition Living Through War by Bella Logachova, works in response to the war in Ukraine. During this 2-hour session, educators will receive a free guided tour of the exhibit and learn about how to bring their students to the Castellani Art Museum in the future. RSVP here by May 26th.  

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Native American Education in New York Spring Gathering

RBERN West encourages  you to join the NAIEA/NY Spring Gathering June 1-2, 2023.  

This year's theme is  “Honoring our Ancestors through Advocacy” and will take place at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino 310 4th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Pre-Registration Fee is $75.00 

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OCM BOCES Equity Summit

The first OCM BOCES Equity Summit will be held July 11th and 12th at LeMoyne College. This two-day event will feature a variety of workshops, nationally renowned speakers, authors, student panels, local businesses, vendors, and opportunities for educators and leaders to focus on creating welcoming & affirming environments, high expectations and rigorous instruction. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days, along with a networking event on night one. 

Keynotes and special guests include Matthew Kay, Jose Luis Vilson, Huda Essa, Kesha James and Shane Wiegand of the Anti Racist Curriculum Project, and AANHPI Author Panel: Linda Sue Park, Grace Lin, Susan Tan, and Ellen Oh. 

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Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners:
Tools for Equity On-Demand Book Study

April 3-June 20


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Developing Responsive Classroom Communities for SIFE & Newcomer Learners

October 12-December 14, 2023

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BRIDGES Integrated and Stand Alone
Professional Learning Calendar

June 2023- March 2024 

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Take Action

RBERN West 2022-2023 End of Year Feedback Survey

Please take 5 minutes to complete our end-of-year feedback survey. This survey is designed to collect feedback from educators who received services or support from RBERN West during the 2022-2023 school year. The survey will be used to review the quality of our service and plan for future needs. Submissions are anonymous and confidential.  

Thank you!

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The Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network West is part of a statewide system of support, funded by the NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBE-WL).

Mission: Collaborate with educators, parents, and community members to promote academic excellence and ensure high school graduation for all multilingual learners.

Vision: A community that provides access to an excellent and equitable education for multilingual learners that prepares them to be prosperous participants of a free and democratic society.

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