The two ESSA Title III Consortia, for which the L.I. RBERN serves as Lead Applicant for funding and organizational purposes, are comprised of component school districts in Nassau County and in Suffolk County. The two Consortia focus on enhancing the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) in order to mee the New York State Learning Standards through the infusion and integration of instructional technology into English as a New Language (ENL) programs. Through this federal funding source, ENL teachers in participating districts receive hardware, peripheral equipment, educational software, and subscriptions to online resources/applications; they are also provided with full-day professional development sessions and on-site embedded coaching needed to successfully incorporate instructional technology into their classrooms. In addition, teachers receive training in interpreting and analyzing New York State ELA, Math and NYSESLAT data to inform their instruction and support the academic achievement of ELLs.
The Learning Experiences/Lesson Plans contained in this booklet represent the outstanding contributions of the ENL teachers who participated in the Nassau and Suffolk County Title III Consortia in 2018-2019. This year, 19 Nassau County school districts and 28 Suffolk County school districts comprised the two Title III Consortia which were led by the L.I. RBERN. The evolving focus of the two consortia is to transform the use of technology in planning and implementing instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in our schools. We are delighted to share their work, and hope that the information contained in this booklet may serve to assist and inspire many ENL colleagues in our region and throughout New York State.