• 2017 Long Island Teachers' Insitute


    The Long Island RBERN in collaboration with the NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages is pleased to announce that the 2017 Long Island Teachers' Institute will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Melville Marriott.


    The theme of this year's Institute is "Aim High: Empowering the Next Generation of ELL/MLLs." Keynote speakers include Lissette Colón-Collins, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages, and Dr. Diane Staehr-Fenner, President of SupportEd


    Please download our flyer for more information about this year's Institute.  Participants can register through My Learning Plan.  

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    Eastern Suffolk BOCES administers the LONG ISLAND REGIONAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION RESOURCE NETWORK (L.I. RBERN).  The purpose of the L.I. RBERN (formerly known as BETAC) is to support districts and schools in promoting equity and excellence in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) by providing high quality technical assistance, on-site consultation, and professional development.

    The Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) is funded through a contract from the New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages, which allows the RBERN to provide services at no charge to school districts.
    The L.I. RBERN catchment area now includes both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and it serves all 125 public school districts on Long Island. To ensure greater accessibility to educators in both counties, we have established a a Western Satellite Office that operates out of the Western Suffolk BOCES site at its Conference Center in Wheatley Heights. The main office of the L.I. RBERN remains located at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES site at its Sherwood Instructional Support Center in Holbrook. 

    We look forward to serving you in our mutual endeavor to improve and enhance programs and instruction for ELLs across Long Island. 
    Quick link to Amended CR Part 154 Regulations and Graduation Requirements for ELLs:
    Quick link to NYSED-authorized Letters to Parents of ELLs for Placement, Entitlement, Eligibility and Exit
    in multiple languages: