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.