July/August 2016 RBERN eNews
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This month’s issue focuses on Back to School

With the new school year fast approaching, we begin to think about everything we want to accomplish and how we want to start off the year.  Those first few weeks can really set the tone for the rest of the year.  Many times, the new school year also means registration of English Language Learners new to the district.  Here is an article that provides information on registering students:

Getting It Right: Reference Guides for Registering Students With Non-English Names
Getting a student’s name right is the first step in welcoming him or her to school. Staff members who work with student-level data also know the importance of accurately and consistently recording a student’s name. This makes it easier to track student data over time, match files across data sets, and to make meaning from the data.
Click here to read the full article.
Content Corner 
Check our Content Corner for content area strategies, topics and tips to use with your English Language Learners. This month’s topic: Back to School

For the past 10 years, English Language Learners (ELLs) have been one of the fastest growing student subgroups in the U.S.  Many teachers feel unprepared to work with these students.  The following article has tips for classroom teachers with ELLs this year.

What English-Language Learners Wish Teachers Knew
Despite the fact that English-language learners (ELLs) and immigrant students have been the fastest growing student subgroup in the United States for the past 10 years, teachers continue to report that they feel unprepared to work with students who are language learners. Professional development for reaching ELLs seems, at best, a one-shot deal, even though ELL enrollment continues to increase annually in most states.
Click here to read the full article


Home Strategies
Back-to-School Tips for Parents
Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Click here to read the full article
Click here for more back-to-school tips for parents
Coming Next Month
Our topic will be: Collaboration and Co-Teaching

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RBERN Announcements

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August 10, 2016Integrated ENL Services: Program, Planning and Delivery, What teachers and Leaders Need to Know
CR Part 154 now requires educators of ELLs to work collaboratively with other teachers, something known to be a critical need. It has also been recognized as an essential component for positive change for the instruction and academic progress of English learners. This workshop will help participants develop or enhance instructional and leadership skills necessary to successfully implement the Integrated ENL requirement of the CR Part 154.
Click here to register.

September 27 – Focus Group 1: Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
The first focus group for the 2016-2017 school year will focus on literacy for English Language Learners.  This focus group will be conducted as a book study on a few select chapters of: Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners.  All participants will receive this book prior to the focus group meeting. Registration information coming soon.

September 29 and 30Co-Teaching and Collaboration: Unit Planning in an Integrated Setting
This two-day conference is designed for ESOL and content teacher partnerships and presented by Questar III ELA Specialist Sandy Strock and RBERN Resource Specialist Jessa Waterhouse.
Day 1 will delve into the processes of co-planning and co-teaching in a classroom that includes English Language Learners.  Presenters will explore different strategies and scaffolds teachers can use with a classroom of varying language proficiency levels to increase content area literacy.  
Day 2 Presenters will facilitate participants’ development of an integrated unit, including scaffolds and strategies from day 1.  By the end of day two teacher teams will walk away with a unit frame, several strategies to use in a classroom with varying language proficiency levels, and the beginnings of daily lesson plans, as well as a process for collaboration and co-teaching.  Registration information coming soon.

*As a reminder please note that all RBERN sponsored events are free of charge.


Parent Orientation Videos: English Language Learner Programs in New York State: 10 different languages

Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma

Career Development Occupational Studies Graduation Pathway Option

Regents Exam Workgroup Recommendations for June 2016 Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core) Scale Maintenance

Guidance Relating to the Right of Individuals Over Compulsory School Age to Attend High School

Reporting English Language Learners (ELLs) Who Score Proficient in Regents English in August

Supplementary Certification Pathway Fact Sheet: Pathway for Content Area Teachers to Obtain Supplementary Certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) May 2016

Supplementary Certification Pathway Fact Sheet: Pathway for ESOL Teachers to Obtain Content Area Supplementary Certification May 2016

Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives Improvement and Corrective Action Plans for English Language Learners May 2016

Guidance Regarding Bilingual Education Programs and ELL Parent Information May 3, 2016 

Field Advisory: Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners

New York State Seal of Biliteracy

English Language Learner (ELL) Student Counts for 2016-17 NCLB Title III LEP Allocations

Home Language Questionnaires now available in 41 languages

NYSED Official Parent Entitlement and Non-Entitlement Letters in 17 languages

Guide for Parents of English Language Learners in New York State in 24 Languages

ELL Student Placement Form now available in 26 Languages

Information on the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) in 23 different languages

Information for Parents on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in 26 Languages

Parents’ Bill of Rights in nine different languages

Honigsfeld & Dove: Seven Co-Teaching Models

CR Part 154 Units of Study Tables

ELL Identification Process Chart

ELL Identification Chart Guidance

NYSITELL RAW Score to Performance Level Conversion Chart

Guidance for Districts on Providing Services to Former ELLs

Regional News and Events

This summer Questar III BOCES is offering many exciting professional development opportunities:

August 10 and 11, 2016 – Writing Workshop and Rubric Development for Teachers of K-5 Students with Leah Mermelstein
Using a wealth of classroom anecdotes, student samples and specific teaching language, Mermelstein will illustrate how even the youngest students can become self-directed learners. Her explicit strategies include creating an appropriate physical environment along with daily rituals and routines, scaffolding instruction with Write-Alouds and Interactive Writing and planning units, focus lessons, strategies for conferring with students, and shares that are aimed at helping kids become self-directed.  Click here for more information.  Click here to register.

August 24 and 25, 2016 – A Visual Approach to Computation & Word Problems (grades K – 8) with Greg Tang
Participants will explore a progression of visual models and algorithms that gives students a deeper, more connected understanding of numbers, operations, and word problems. The goal is for participants to be more excited and better prepared than ever to start the new school year. Click here for more information.  Click here to register.

August 31, 2016 - Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study Presented by Teachers College Reading/Writing Workshop Project
This workshop on the Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, K–5, will explain all the teaching points, mini-lessons, conferences, and small group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum in opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing, foster high-level thinking through regular chances to synthesize, analyze, and critique, build writing independence and fluency, provide a ladder of exemplar texts that model writing progressions across grades K–5, develop and refine strategies for writing across the curriculum and include strategic performance assessments to help monitor mastery and differentiate instruction. Click here for more information.  Click here to register for grades K – 2. Click here to register for grades 3 – 5.

Free Adult Spanish Language Class
The Hudson Area Library is hosting a free adult Spanish Language class every Tuesday from 6:15 – 7:15.  You do not have to attend previous sessions to join.  The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 N. 5th Street, Hudson NY 12534.

English Language Enrichment for Kids
The Hudson Area Library is hosting a class for Literacy skills practice for youth ages 2 and up to improve their English language abilities.

Literacy Connections: English Class for Adults
Free English classes are available at the Hudson Area Library for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, and English speaking skills. Free child care is available to children of registered students. For more information contact Literacy Connections at 518-697-8227 or stop by their office on the 2nd floor of the library during office hours (Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm).

SUNY Oneonta Online Bilingual Education Program – SUNY Oneonta is offering a new tuition assisted Online Bilingual Education Extension Advanced Certificate Program.  This online program which consists of five graduate level courses, is tuition assisted for qualified students by the New York State Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages. Click here for more information.

SUNY New Paltz Clinically Rich Teacher Institute – Are you interested in studying to receive your certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)? SUNY New Paltz will begin classes for two cohorts of participants in May and September.  Click here for more information.

Looking for Scholarships? The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has many programs and resources for Latino students.  Click here for more information.

Are you a Spanish Teacher? Instituto Cervantes offers a variety of courses for teachers as well as scholarships.
Click here for more information.

Looking to volunteer? Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County is looking for volunteers.  This organization teaches people of all ages to read, write and speak English. Click here for more information.

Volunteers Needed - YOUTH POWER!’s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is looking for volunteers for their high-tech, career-focused mentoring program.  RAMP serves youths with disabilities ages 11-17 who are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.  Volunteers will mentor youths about job options and how to set goals. Click here for more information. 


ELA Glossaries (grades 3-8) are now available thanks to the NYS Satewide Language RBE-RN.  They are available in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), French, Haitian, Hindi, Karen, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Ukrainian, Uzbek and Vietnamese.
Looking for additional resources on Back to School and teaching ELLs? Check out these sites:
Educator’s Voice – NYSUT’s Journal of Best Practices in Education

False Cognates (Spanish – English)

Cognates (English – Spanish)

Literary Terms & Devices in English and Spanish for Language Arts

NYSED Blueprint for ELLs Success and Common Core State Standards Information for Parents in a variety of Languages

Looking to learn a new language? Click the icon below for information on the language learning software company Lexikeet.  They offer more than just language learning!

Are you looking for bilingual word-to-word dictionaries? Attanasio & Associates offer these dictionaries in many different languages. Click here for more information. 

Are you looking for Spanish Language materials?  Scholastic has released their 2016 Spanish Product Guide. Click here for more information.

NYSUT has partnered with Mercy College to make it easier for teachers to pursue NYS TESOL and Bilingual certification.  Click here for more info.

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Albany U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

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Should you have any questions related to English language learners, please do not hesitate to contact the RBERN.

Xrystya Szyjka

Jessa Waterhouse
Resource Specialist

Lindsey Konderwich
Support Specialist
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