As we progress through this school year, the need to support English Language Learners and their families to address the inequities they face remains a critical topic. The Long
Island RBERN at Eastern Suffolk BOCES continues to provide the support and professional learning our ELL educators may need. The L.I. RBERN is able to provide the same level
of technical assistance and professional development through remote and online services. To request L.I. RBERN services, please submit a request for services form or through the
information found on our Contact Us page.
The following guidance and memos have been distributed to assist school districts with providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The L.I. RBERN will continue to update the field with guidance on policy updates as they pertain to ELLs and their families during this challenging time.
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We’re all in this together and we’re here for you!
With gratitude for your dedication,
Executive Director, L.I. RBERN
The Long Island Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (L.I. RBERN) is administered by Eastern Suffolk BOCES and funded through a contract from the New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages. The NYSED Long Island RBERN is an important part of the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages long term strategy to promote equity and raise standards for English Language Learners in NYS. The L.I. RBERN staff provides technical assistance and professional development, as well as individualized on-site program consultation services to all L.I. schools and districts regarding the education of English Language Learners. L.I. RBERN services are provided at no charge to school districts
Home to both the largest and smallest suburban school districts, Long Island is a demographically and linguistically diverse region reporting over 44,000 English Language Learners who speak nearly 100 different languages. The L.I. RBERN catchment area includes both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and it serves all 125 public school districts and 5 charter schools on Long Island.
The work of the L.I. RBERN is structured around two overarching goals:
1) Provide technical assistance and professional development to help each district and school in the region create for ELLs an engaging educational
environment grounded in equitable and inclusive instruction that enables them to become proficient in English while capitalizing on their home languages and
2) Support the State system and network to close the achievement gap for ELL performance in identified schools and districts by providing targeted
technical assistance and professional development aligned with NYSED objectives and initiatives.
The L.I. RBERN strives to meet these goals by aligning its work to support the following NYSED OBEWL priorities:
• New York State Strategies for Raising Standards;
• Strategies to provide intensive English Language instruction to ELLs;
• ESSA Title III: Language Instruction for ELLs and Immigrant Children;
• Commissioner's Regulations Part 154
• The Blueprint for ELL Success
• The Bilingual Progressions
• The Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Framework
• MLLs/ELLs Parents Initiative