Unprecedented, unparalleled, unrivaled, unimaginable. These words don’t quite express what any of us - educators, our students, their families - are going through right now. As we all navigate this new normal, the Long Island RBERN at Eastern Suffolk BOCES is here for you! While our office might be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still working remotely to provide quality professional development and technical assistance to our 125 school districts. The best way to reach us right now is through the email addresses found on our Contact Us page.
We are working quickly in the background to create resources on distance learning for ELLs as well as to schedule online professional learning opportunities as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we have compiled L.I. RBERN and NYSED OBEWL resources to assist you as we actualize distance learning for ELLs. Be sure to check back frequently as we will update information as it becomes available. We are in this together and we are here for you!
Wishing you peace and health,
Executive Director, Long Island RBERN
L.I. RBERN Resources
COVID-19 Information from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 along with their Guidance for School Settings. Everyone should continue promoting everyday disease prevention strategies:
These CDC fact sheets can help individuals and families understand COVID-19 along with steps they can take to protect themselves:
Hojas informativas generales de los CDC para ayudar a los miembros del personal y a las familias de los estudiantes a entender el COVID-19 y las medidas que pueden tomar para protegerse:
Please rely on updates posted to the NYS Department of Health or the CDC website for the most accurate and timely information on the virus:
Eastern Suffolk BOCES administers the LONG ISLAND REGIONAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION RESOURCE NETWORK (L.I. RBERN). The purpose of the L.I. RBERN 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 L.I. RBERN serves all 125 public school districts on Long Island, in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.