Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners



Across NYS, 8 Regional Bilingual Education Resource Networks (RBERNs) support the development of robust equitable learning environments where the heritage language of every child is supported while addressing the linguistic demands of English proficiency. RBERNs provide professional learning to enhance district and school building leadership, including in-service training, information dissemination, and technical assistance for parents and service providers related to instructional practices and educational outcomes for ELL/MLLs. During spring 2020, the RBERNs collectively: conducted over 100 online webinars and professional learning events; created over 25 resources regarding providing instruction during distance learning, and; continued to address the social-emotional needs of ELL/MLLs and their families. Consistent communication with families is essential, and as a result, our RBERNs created a YouTube channel to disseminate these professional learning opportunities to teachers, educators, families, and students across the state. They will further develop, consolidate and expand these offerings and work with the TRLE partners to more widely disseminate these resources to teachers in the field in a coordinated effort. The RBERNs will be a key partner in all phases of this project and will work across jurisdictions. 

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