The goal of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) is to prepare all English Language Learners (ELLs)/Multilingual Learners (MLLs) for success beginning in prekindergarten, to lay the foundation for college and career readiness, and to promote and support the teaching and learning of one or more languages and cultures in addition to the English language.
Spring 2017 Newsletter
New York State
Education Department

Office of Bilingual Education
and World Languages

News from the Assistant Commissioner
Dear Colleagues,

As I visit schools and districts around the state, I hear of the many ways that you advocate for New York State's English Language Learners (ELLs)/Multilingual Learners (MLLs) and am reminded of your ongoing commitment to their success. We reiterate our commitment to policy proposals that bolster ELL/MLL achievement.

In addition, in these difficult times, we continue to support New York State's immigrant families and are committed to ensuring that their fundamental rights are not violated.  We will do all that we can to ensure that our students and their families are protected and that they are well-informed regarding their rights; thus, we are translating, in as many languages as possible, all department communications and guidance related to immigrant-related actions and the need to maintain a positive school environment and safe haven in the face of possible harassment and intimidation. Please visit our website for full information .

As you may know, NYSED recently released the 2012 Cohort High School Graduation rates. The performance and graduation rate for ELLs/MLLs is unacceptably low, and the dropout rate is alarmingly high. As we review this data, we must examine the results relative to the needs of the subgroups and consider what we are doing instructionally for our ELLs/MLLs.  We urge you to look at our data and ask this question: what are we doing or not doing that can truly help meet the needs of our ELL/MLL population?  What is my mission?  Do I have a plan of action? 

We assure you that OBEWL is working diligently to create professional learning opportunities and resources to support the work that you are doing. Please scroll down to the end of the newsletter for a list of regional professional development opportunities  currently offered by the RBERNs. In addition, we will continue to advocate for additional funding to support the work that you are doing.

This July, OBEWL will be presenting year three of our ELL/MLL Leadership Institute in conjunction with Stanford University's Understanding Language program.  The goal of the institute is to build upon the expectations of school districts to meet the needs of ELLs/MLLs and increase the level of shared responsibility for the success of ELLs/MLLs in their local educational agencies.  In the context of New York State’s expanding multilingual population, districts will build recognition and understanding of the vision and expectations delivered in the Blueprint for ELL Success

The ELL/MLL Leadership Institute is specifically designed to assist districts in developing the capacities to revise their programs to be in compliance with the amended regulations set forth in Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154-2 as adopted by the NYSED Board of Regents in 2014.  District personnel will receive support for learning strategies that integrate language and content instruction through co-teaching and other methods and will develop proficiency in using academic language in core disciplines as part of ELL/MLL instruction. Participants will also develop tools needed to measure and track ELL/MLL progress, to communicate with parents, and to become familiar with systems to identify, assess, and exit students from ELL status. This year's program, which will be led by Stanford's Maria Santos and Kenji Hakuta, will focus on data-driven instruction. We will keep you updated regarding the dates and the locations.

Here are some other things we are working on that may be of interest:
  • Early childhood: NYSED will propose the use of an Emergent Multilingual Learners Language Profile for Prekindergarten Students as part of a process in which Pre-K educators will be able to determine if a student’s home or primary language is other than English, use the information gathered from the Profile to inform instruction, and provide home language supports to these students while they are learning English.
  • Math component of the Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener (MLS): The Math section of the MLS is now online, and NYSED will be providing orientation sessions on the MLS and its Math component. New webinars posted on the OBEWL website include a brief overview of the MLS and an introduction to the Math component.
  • Socio-economic and racial diversity: Deputy Commissioner of P-12 Instructional Support Services Angelica Infante-Green is leading an initiative, in alignment with goals articulated by the NYS Board of Regents and the My Brother's Keeper Initiative, to promote diversity in New York State and to provide guidance on strategies that districts can use to develop and innovate integration plans. Look A policy statement will soon be presented to the Board of Regents.  Click here for more information about this initiative.
We are pleased to report that the 1st Annual English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners Literacy Conference exceeded our expectations in terms of interest and attendance.  Educators from around the state convened to learn new ideas and strategies, network, collaborate, inspire, and plant the seeds for future growth. Next year's conference is scheduled for November, so mark your calendars.

Let us be the change we want to see.  Change begins with each of us.

In solidarity,
Lissette Colón-Collins 
Assistant Commissioner of Bilingual Education and World Languages

NYS Regents / State Education Dept. 2017-18 Budget Priorities: English Language Learners (ELL) / Multilingual Learners (MLL)
A letter from Regent Luis O. Reyes
  Dear Colleagues,
We are in the last lap of the race to the approval of the 2017-2018 state budget. I urge you to reach out to the state leaders and insist that they fund  the NewYork State Board of Regents / State Education Department  2017-18 Budget Priorities for English Language Learners (ELL)/Multilingual Learners (MLL), as follows:
We must show our support for these priorities and demand that state funding be included to make them a reality this year.
Will you help by making the following phone calls ?  
  • 1) Call and email Governor Andrew Cuomo; and, insist that he prioritize ELLs/MLLs in the state budget:
  • 2) Call and email Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie; and, insist that he prioritize ELLs/MLLs in the state budget:
  • 3) Call and email State Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein; and; insist that he prioritize ELLs/MLLs in the state budget:
  • 4) Call and email GOP State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and insist that he prioritize ELLs/MLLs in the state budget:
  • 5) This lookup tool gives you contact info for your state Senator and Assemblymember. Call each of them in the Albany and District offices.
Luis O. Reyes

NYS Board of Regents / State Education Dept.  2017-18 Budget Priorities
English Language Learners (ELL)/Multilingual Learners (MLL)

NYSED is seeking funding to resume Regents LOTE examinations ($4-5 million), which will:

    Restore credibility and legitimacy to world language studies by ensuring consistency in LOTE assessments, allow students to receive credit by examination for the Regents diploma with Advanced Designation, and be used for the Pathway 4+1 option for LOTE.

    NYSED is seeking to add additional translations of state assessments ($1 million):

    • Expand translation of Grades 3-8 Math and Regents examinations into Arabic, Bengali, and Chinese (Simplified) (currently translated into Chinese (Traditional), Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish).
    • Expand translation of Elementary and Intermediate level science assessments into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, and Russian (currently translated into Chinese (Traditional), Haitian-Creole, and Spanish).   

    NYSED is seeking to develop a Native Language Arts (NLA) assessment in Spanish ($11.4 million)

    A Native language Arts assessment would give Spanish speaking ELLs/MLLs the opportunity to test their language arts skills in Spanish while they gain English proficiency, and will better inform NYSED of students’ knowledge and abilities.

    NYSED is seeking to support English Language Learners’/Multilingual Learners’ Success ($100 million)

      The additional funding would support the following areas:
      Co-teaching approaches will ensure that Integrated English as a New Language (ENL) instruction is age and grade appropriate, academically and linguistically relevant, and that ELLs/MLLs have complete access to the rigorous New York Learning Standards. This approach would match teachers with training and certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Bilingual Education (BE) with content area teachers;  

      Family Engagement:
      The creation of materials and resources that will enable parents and guardians of ELLs/MLLs to make informed decisions about their children's education. In addition, aid could be used for increasing opportunities for parental engagement, and the translation of resources and materials for parents and guardians of ELLs/MLLs making statewide information accessible in a language that is best understood;

      Services to Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education:
      In New York, students with interrupted/inconsistent formal education (SIFE) make up 8.7 percent of the total ELL/MLL population (based on 2014-2015 data). In order to meet the uniquely diverse needs of this sub-population of students in secondary (middle and high) school, support is needed to provide rigorous instruction, appropriate interventions and professional development that accelerate learning for these students;

      Programs and Services for Newcomers:
      Our Newcomer population (those students who have been receiving ELL services for between zero and three years) make up our largest subpopulation of ELLs/MLLs. Newcomers may differ greatly in motivation, quantitative skills, and academic achievement, including amount and degree of formal schooling, level of literacy, and age of arrival. Newcomers benefit from targeted support, including flexible grouping and program placement, ongoing high-quality assessment in all modalities, extended instructional time, and a content based approach to language and literacy, among other interventions

      Programs and Services for the Subpopulations of ELLs:
      These funds would support programs and intervention for the subpopulations of ELLs, including Long Term ELLs, ELLs who have been identified as Students with Disabilities, Developing ELLs, and Former ELLs. The unique needs of each subpopulation presents challenges for districts, and additional funding would assist districts to provide the necessary 12 differentiated instruction for each student to become college and career ready;

      Materials Creation:
      This would support the use of materials and instructional resources that are age and grade appropriate, academically and linguistically relevant, and aligned to the New York’s Higher Learning Standards; or

      Professional Development:
      Funds would support substantial and sustained opportunities for all teachers and administrators serving ELLs/MLLs, to participate in meaningful and high-quality professional development. 

      Future Leaders at the 27th Annual  Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI)

      Over 200 Hispanic students from high schools across New York State gathered in Albany from March 25-27th to participate in the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI). The purpose of the Institute is to give students an in-depth knowledge of the New York State legislative process and government as well as develop leadership skills of Latino/Hispanic youth.

      The first day of the institute consisted of team building activities designed to enhance leadership and the collaborative presentations in visual arts, dance and music. Assistant Commissioner Lissette Colón-Collins gave welcoming remarks on Saturday along with the statewide coordinators, Regent Luis Reyes, Regent Ouderkirk, and Chancellor Rosa. Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator/writer of “La Boriqueña”, a comic book featuring a Puerto Rican heroine was featured as this year’s keynote speaker.

      During the Institute, the student delegates got a first-hand look at the legislative process and participated in a Mock Assembly debating actual bills before the NYS Legislature. This year, these bills covered the following topics: immigration enforcement and the child welfare system (A00339), racial profiling and traffic stops (A00253), and post-secondary education for illegal aliens (A00728) on the Assembly floor. Students from the eight delegations chose these bills specifically because of their relevance to current events and prevalence in their communities.

      On Monday students participated in workshops and then visited their local legislators to discuss issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino community.

      The leadership program continues the work of the late Assemblyman Angelo Del Toro, who died in 1994. Del Toro was influential in helping Hispanic youth understand their civic duty, get involved in politics, and encouraging them to give back to their communities.

      District Superintendent Gladys I. Cruz stated: “This program exemplifies the vision of Angelo Del Toro to get Hispanic youth engaged in social issues by developing leadership and advocacy skills necessary to advance a cause. I am immensely proud of all the student delegates for the hard work they’ve done over the past months to prepare for the Institute. What these students have learned through the Institute will serve them well as they go on to do great things in their schools and communities.”

      This year $41,000.00 in scholarships was awarded to 32 students from across the state. This included $40,000.00 awarded by SOMOS, Inc. and $1,000.00 awarded through a special Yesenia Valle Scholarship funded by the family of the late PR/HYLI Trainer and Capital District Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network  Specialist.

      Questar III BOCES currently holds a five-year contract awarded by the State Education Department to coordinate the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute statewide. Questar III’s staff works closely with the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the annual SOMOS Inc., the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages, the New York City Board of Education, Regional Bilingual Education Resource Networks, and other agencies across NYS.

      Questar III applauds the 2017 Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership student delegates for their determination and participation.  For more information on the program, visit

      Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia with Christian Perez from Cardinal Hayes School, who served as Speaker of the House for the 2017 Angelo Del Toro PR/HYLI – NYC delegation.
      We Are
      A poem by the Capital District Delegation
      We are here to be leaders and we want to advocate for the voiceless.
      We are here to learn and we want our community to rise and be recognized for its greatness.
      We are enthusiasts who achieve in any role and prove to those who doubt our intelligence that we are more.
      We are here to see diversity; we are one. Our ancestors struggled to get where we are so why stop here?
      We are here to tell the story of our history that it is not told to us in schools.
      We are here as the sons and daughters of austerity.
      We are here to help those in need and we want change for future generations; to improve the Latino Communities.
      We are here as representatives of our ancestors who endured much pain.
      We may be simple but together we can conquer.
      We are here to show the world that we can and we will succeed.
      We are the ones who are trying to make a change and the ones changing the stereotypes put upon us.
      We are here to be the agents of change.
      We are here to get ready for the future.
      We are here; from the Mayans to Aztecs to Incas to Taínos who have worked hard to show that we are more than apple pickers, house cleaners, child care workers, rapists, criminals, and bad hombres.
      We are the same fierce and ambitious warriors that our ancestors once were.
      Somos la fuerza Latina.
      We are here because where else would we be?      
      Chancellor Rosa Says of Hate-based Acts:
      " It is well past the time for this to end."
      The following opinion piece, written by Chancellor of the Board of Regents Betty Rosa, was published in the New York Daily News. Chancellor Rosa emphasizes: “My colleagues on the Board of Regents and I fight every day to make sure that New York’s students are free to learn regardless of their race, ethnicity, language spoken at home, religion, immigration status, disability, functional ability, sexual orientation or any other basis — in other words, to ensure that the state is an educational sanctuary. We embrace all children as our own, with warmth and compassion.  The full article is available below:  
      Protecting all kids in Trump's America

      We are living in uncertain times, and a recent incident at the airport brought to light some of my own fears and sensitivities - feelings that I imagine many others are experiencing now more than ever before.

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      Information Regarding Recent
      Immigration-related Actions

      In light of recent federal immigration-related actions, this guidance reminds districts of their duty to uphold the rights of immigrant students and safeguard student data.

      In recent weeks, reports regarding incidents of bullying, discrimination, and harassment in schools across the country have surfaced in the news media. In addition, there have been recent immigration-related actions by federal officials that have created fear and confusion across the country. The New York State Education Department (“NYSED” or “the Department”) takes very seriously any action that compromises the school climate in which our students come to learn every day. In New York State, advocates, parents, and school staff have called upon the Department to expand and build upon existing guidance and resources to combat harassment, bullying, and discrimination, as well as to enhance efforts to build and maintain positive school climates pursuant to the Dignity for All Students Act (“DASA” or “the Dignity Act”). 

      Recent immigration-related actions by federal officials have created fear and confusion across the country. New York State residents, whom both of our agencies and the New York State Board of Regents have pledged to serve, have communicated directly with our agencies about the anxiety and questions these actions raised. The New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) and the New York State Education Department (“SED”) write today to reaffirm to students, schools, families, and communities across the State of New York that our schools will remain safe havens where all students can learn. 

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      8th Annual Hispanic Parent Leadership Conference on Special Education

      Deputy Commissioner Infante-Green was the Keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Hispanic Parent Leadership Conference on Special Education, held at Manhattanville College on March 6, 2017. The conference is specifically for families who have Special Education children who speak Spanish.

      If you want to learn more about the Changing Suburbs Institute Hispanic Leadership Conference please visit their website:®/csi-hispanic-parent-leadership-institute 

      The Changing Suburbs Institute was selected as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics:’s-csi-program-selected-“bright-spot”-and

      World Languages News

      The NYS Seal of Biliteracy

      Numerous districts in New York State have implemented the NYS Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) program in their schools.  The state allows students to earn the Seal through formal assessments and classwork as well bilingual education programs,  foreign transcripts, projects, and essays.  For more information please contact Ricardo Constantino at the office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at 518-474-8775 or  

      You can also visit the NYS Seal of Biliteracy website at

      Save the Date: World Languages Professional Development

      OBEWL is pleased to announce a free professional development workshop for teachers and administrators entitled: Incorporating 21st Century Skills in the World Language Classroom.  This event will take place on:

      Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY and

      Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Le Roy Service Center outside of Rochester, NY.  

      Through the instruction of Bill Heller, Adjunct Lecturer at SUNY Geneseo, this event will provide an opportunity to strengthen theoretical and practical knowledge to implement high-quality academically rigorous world language instruction based on the ACTFL World Readiness Standards, Proficiency Guidelines, and Can-Do Statements.

      To register by May 1st for the PD in Albany, please visit Eventbrite

      To register by May 1st for the PD in LeRoy, please visit MyLearningPlan

      This professional development is provided at no cost to participants.   Be sure to register early to reserve your seat as space is limited.

      For more information, contact OBEWL at (518) 474-8775 or by email to

      Recent Field Advisories/Memoranda

      The purpose of this memorandum is to inform you of updates to New York State Education Department (NYSED) procedures on the permissibility of the testing accommodation “tests read” for students with disabilities on the Grades 3-8 New York State English Language Arts Assessments (Grades 3-8 ELA Assessments). This memorandum replaces guidance previously issued by NYSED on testing accommodations for students with disabilities.

      This memorandum provides information about the release of the New York State Education  Department’s Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics computer-based testing  (CBT) online Question Sampler for the 2016-17 school year. The Question Sampler allows  users to practice answering questions in each grade/subject on computer using previously  released New York State test questions. Educators, parents, and students can gain experience  with the testing tools and accommodations available in the computer-based testing  environment.
      Request for Proposals: Intensive Teacher Institute
      in Bilingual Special Education
      (RFP # 17-017)

      The Office of Special Education is seeking proposals to establish an Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE) to address staff shortages in bilingual special education and related service areas through administration of a tuition assistance program involving coordination with the New York State Education Department, university-level training programs and local educational agencies. The Request for Proposals for the ITI-BSI is available at: /compcontracts.html

      Bids are due April 21, 2017.

      Questions should be submitted to: by March 31, 2017. 

      A Questions and Answers Summary Document will be posted at: no later than April 7, 2017.   

        Addressing Teacher Shortages: Bilingual Education and English as a New Language

        As the population of ELLs continues to grow in New York State, we are faced with shortages of qualified teachers certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (required certificate for teachers of English as a New Language) and licensed content-area teachers with a Bilingual Extension, enabling them to teach One Way and Two Way Dual Language classes.

        OBEWL is committed to reducing these shortages by seeking new pathways for TESOL certification and for the Bilingual Extension.  We are also pleased to announce that Queens College will be offering a fully online Intensive Teacher Institute, tentatively scheduled to start in Fall 2017. Courses taught in Spanish and Chinese will have online platforms. Traditional courses will be offered in languages such as Bengali or Haitian, for which online platforms are still being developed. Professors and teacher candidates enrolled in independent courses will meet three or four times during the semester and carry most of their work independently and communicate via email. 

        Other Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute (CR-ITI) programs throughout the state are listed below, and please see the following memos for more background on certification pathways and NYSED's response to the growth of the ELL population in NYS.

        New Pathways to Certification for Out-of-State Teachers and Leaders (June, 2016) 

        Increase in English Language Learner Population and Corresponding Instructional Needs (December 2014)

        Good news for those looking for FREE CTLE credits!

        NYSED has announced that continuing education courses registered with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association will meet NYSED CTLE credits.

        Dr. Cate Crowley and Teachers College Columbia University offer free continuing education credits registered with the ASHA at  There are five courses. One focuses on developing skills in grammar to inform decisions of whether a student has a language difference or a language disorder. Three show Dr. Crowley discussing how to do culturally and linguistically appropriate evaluations in early intervention, preschool, and school age populations. Another is a mini-course on cleft palate speech and feeding:

        Check the NYSED website to see when it is updated to include ASHA as a CTLE sponsor. 

        St. John's University  Graduate Programs in TESOL and Bilingual Education
        Cohort students may be eligible for  50% tuition reduction.

        St. John's University Graduate Programs in TESOL and Bilingual Education is offering  special opportunities for NYS certified public and private school teachers and  administrators who wish to become certified to teach English language learners. The Dean’s ONLINE TESOL and Bilingual Education Graduate Program consists of 15 credits (5 classes) leading to the Advanced Certificate in TESOL or the Bilingual Extension. Cohort students may be eligible for 50% tuition reduction. Please email for application information.

        Cohorts are now forming for the Fall 2017 semester. 

        Applications must be received no later than May 31, 2017.​​

        You may also call Ms. Harriet Iannelli at 718-990-6407 if you do not get a response to your email within 5 days.​

        Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institutes (CR-ITIs)

        Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) that are currently collaborating with the NYSED to provide the required coursework for obtaining a Bilingual Education Extension or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certification at the Graduate Level:

        City of University of New York (CUNY) Hunter

        Molloy College

        SUNY Binghamton 

        SUNY Brockport

        SUNY New Paltz                                                            

        SUNY Oneonta

        St. John’s University                                                     

        Teachers College

        Touro College                                                                 

        Queens College

          East Ramapo City School District is currently seeking
        to fill the following positions:

        Elementary Bilingual Teachers Grades K-2 (Spanish/English)

        Secondary Bilingual Teachers Grades 9-12  (Spanish/English)

        • Math
        • Science
        • Social Studies
        • Home Language Arts

        All applicants MUST either hold a Bilingual Extension Certification or b e
        enrolled in a Bilingual Extension Certification program.

        The East Ramapo Central School District is committed to educating the whole child.              

        If you require further information please E-mail Melissa Barrow at   or by phone at 845-577-6050.

        Five Part SIFE Workshop at Hudson Valley RBERN

        The Hudson Valley RBE-RN is excited to be offering a workshop series, in collaboration with SupportEd, LLC, designed to help districts in planning and programming in support of Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) . This series of five workshops is offered at our SW BOCES campus. Districts may send teams or individuals to any or all of the workshops. Integral to these workshops are follow-up, online professional learning communities in which participants will collaborate with each other and the trainers as they develop district plans and supports.

        The first of the five workshop series is next Friday, April 7, 2017. Space is limited; use the links to My Learning for details about each session and to register.

        The workshop series are as follow:

        April 7, 2017: Supporting Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE):  Socio-Emotional Strengths and Needs.

        April 19, 2017: Supporting Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE):  Program Development.

        May 4, 2017: Supporting Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE):  Strengthening Early Literacy Skills.

        May 5, 2017: Supporting Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE):  Strategies for Fostering Engagement and Achievement in Math.

        June 1, 2017: Engaging Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE) in All Classrooms.

        Please contact us with any questions regarding this series of workshops or the Early Childhood Conference!

        RBERN Professional Development Events--April 2017

        Capital District RBERN at Questar III BOCES

        Topic: Focus Group 4: Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms
        Date and Time:  April 11, 2017 3:30-5:30 PM
        Location: Questar III BOCES 
        Description: This Focus Group will be conducted as a book study of Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Definitions and Contexts by Margo Gottlieb and Gisela Ernst-Slavit.

        Long Island RBERN at Eastern Suffolk BOCES

        T opic: L.I. Bilingual/ENL Coordinators’ Meeting
        Date & Time: April 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
        Location: Western Suffolk BOCES, Conference Center, Wheatley Heights
        Description: Uniform record-keeping protocols for registration & placement of ELLs, g rading policies at the secondary level, implementing effective summer school programs, and encouraging parent involvement.

        NYC Regional RBERN at Fordham

        Topic:  College and Career Readiness for ELLs Workshop
        Audience: ELL High School Students, in collaboration with the NYC DOE DELLSS
        Date & Time: April 22, 2017 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
        Location: Fordham University, Rosehill Campus, Bronx, N. Y. Dealy Hall, Room 302. 

        Topic: NYSABE Immigration Forum. Immigrants: Know Your Rights. How are Immigrant Youth Impacted by the Current Climate on Immigration? Presenter: Antonio Alarcon, Queens College Student.  Date & Time: April 25, 2017 - 4:30 - 6:30  Location: Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, South Lounge.

        Topic: Literacy Workshop, Tackling Complex Texts for ELL Students Session 2, Presenter: Dr. L. Locatelli, Learning Centered Initiatives. PS 211 ENL and Bilingual Teachers. Date & Time: April 26, 2017 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

        Topic: College and Career Readiness for ELLs Workshop Audience: ELL High School Students, in collaboration with the NYC DOE DELLSS  Date & Time: April 29, 2017 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. LocationFordham University, Rosehill Campus, Bronx, N. Y. Dealy Hall, Room 302. 

        Mid West RBERN

        To register, please visit

        Topic: NYSESLAT 
        Date and Time: April 6th, 2017 12:30-3:30
        Location: Monroe #1 BOCES, Room 1A, 15 Linden Park, Rochester 14625
        Description: For those who have NEVER received training. Participants will learn how to administer the 4 components of the NYSESLAT and how to score the Speaking & Writing sections. The targeted audience  includes ESOL teachers, Part 154 Coordinators and Testing Coordinators, building administrators, and teacher leaders.

        Topic: Understanding Our Muslim and Arab-American Students- Part 2
        Date and Time: April 25, 2017 3:30-5:00pm 
        Location: Pittsford Community Library, Fisher Meeting Room, 24 State St., Pittsford, NY 14534 
        Description: Please join Midwest RBERN as we continue to explore aspects of Muslim and Arab American culture and ways to better support students from these communities. This session is meant for all educators and will allow participants to ask questions and engage in a discussion with a panel of students, teachers, and parents. This is a follow-up session, although participants need not have attended the fall session to register.

        NYS Language RBERN at NYU

        Topic: Scaffolding Through Literacy for English Language Learners (ELLs)—Grades 6-12
        Date & Time: April 4, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm
        Audience: ENL/Bilingual teachers grades 6 to 12, as well as integrated ENL teachers in Co-Teaching classrooms
        Location: NYU
        Registration will be available soon

        Topic: What Parent Coordinators Should Know About the NYSED Initiatives for Effective Services for ELLs
        Date: TBD
        Audience: Parent Coordinators Citywide
        Location: NYU
        Registration will be available soon

        Topic: ELL Think Tank -Teacher and Leader Certification Requirements to Serve ELLs
        Date & Time:  April 6, 2017
        Location: NYU
        Audience: Educators of ELLs
        For questions or support, please contact the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at (518) 474-8775 or (718) 722-2445 or email