We'd like to share important Information about the NYSESLAT:

This memorandum provides important information concerning procedures for requesting, shipping, and storing materials for the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) for Spring 2020. For the 2019-20 school year, all NYSESLAT test materials will be requested through the online ordering system of the NYSESLAT vendor, MetriTech, Inc.

All information in this e-mail and subsequent e-mailings pertaining to these tests will be available on the Department’s website.

Please be advised that the NYSESLAT Speaking test window has been extended by one week. Districts may begin administering the Speaking assessment on Monday April 6, 2020. The revised Elementary/Intermediate Testing schedule memo outlines the changes, including the dates for field testing. Please share with colleagues as appropriate.

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Partner Events

From Bank Street College of Education:
Language Series 2019
Reading, Writing and Talk: Inclusive Teaching for Diverse Learners
10/26/19, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street, New York, NY
For more details and to register click here.

Upcoming HV RBERN Workshops

We are really excited about our line up of workshops!

These four are scheduled for next week and still have a few seats available:

Also coming up soon:

To view all upcoming RBERN workshops, please click here.

REGISTER NOW: Hudson Valley Bilingual Educators’ Conference

The Hudson Valley RBERN is pleased to invite educators to our Bilingual Educators’ Conference! Local educators will highlight the educational expertise happening in their schools and experts in the field will reinforce the value of multilingualism.

Hudson Valley Bilingual Educators’ Conference: Sustaining Multilingualism in the Hudson Valley
Tuesday, 11/5/19, 9:00 – 3:15 pm, Crestview Conference Center, 440 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY

We welcome our Keynote speakers:

AM Keynote: "I Like to Use My Bilingual Brain": Translanguaging Away from Raciolinguistic Ideologies in Bilingual Education, Nelson Flores, Ph.D., Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

PM Keynote: Deficits, Discourse, and Doing, Mario Palma, Vice President of Multilingual Teaching and Learning, American Reading Company

In addition to the Keynote speakers, we will also have several AM and PM breakout sessions/workshops provided by leaders in bilingual education around New York State. To view the breakout session descriptions please click here.

You will be able to register for the breakout sessions in the Frontline (MLP) link at the end of this email.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Conference Schedule:
Breakfast & Registration: 7:45 - 9:00 am
Morning Keynote: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Morning Breakout Session: 10:45 - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Keynote: 1:05 - 2:05 pm
Afternoon Breakout Session: 2:15 - 3:15 pm

Cost: Free

We have a limited number of seats available for participants and strongly recommend that you register for this event as soon as possible.

Register for this conference and choose your breakout sessions on Frontline here.

CEEP Reminder:
The due date for this year’s district submission of the Comprehensive ELL Education Plan (CEEP) is today, October 15th. Information about this year’s CEEP can be found at this link. Copies of the CEEP must be maintained in the district office and in each school's main office and be made available upon request.

If you have any questions, please email the RBERN team at rbern@swboces.org.

PR/HYLI Application Deadline

As a reminder, the deadline is less than one week away to submit applications for the 30th Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI)

The Hudson Valley RBERN invites you to nominate students in grades 11 and 12 to participate in the 30th Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI).

Due to an incredible response rate over the last four years, we expect this year's PR/HYLI program to be highly competitive. Furthermore, participation, commitment, attendance, student potential, as well as effort will all be considered carefully when deciding who will represent and participate in this year's Hudson Valley Delegation.

This year the student application is mostly digital and can be found at these links:

English version

Spanish version

  • Completed digital student applications MUST be submitted by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 15.

  • Application essays must be emailed to prhyli@hudsonvalleyrbern.org by the end of the day on October 15.

  • References must be mailed and postmarked by October 15 to:

450 Mamaroneck Avenue
3rd Floor
Harrison, NY 10528

PR/HYLI is sponsored by the New York State Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force and the New York State Education Department. PR/HYLI participants develop leadership skills. They also have the opportunity to interact with positive role models such as Puerto Rican/Latino elected officials, educators, and business leaders, and develop in-depth knowledge of the state legislative process.

Last year over 100 students from the Hudson Valley region participated in the training sessions. From that group, almost 50 high-achieving high school Latino students represented the Hudson Valley delegation at the statewide Institute weekend in Albany. The Hudson Valley delegation was the 2nd largest in the state and brought home $8,600 worth of scholarships!

This year’s Institute is scheduled for March 7-9, 2020. During the three-day Institute in Albany, selected students participate in leadership activities, network with high school students from across New York State, participate in a mock assembly, interact with legislators and attend a Student Recognition Dinner.

In preparation for the Institute, a local training program will be conducted by the Hudson Valley RBERN from November of 2019 through March of 2020 at Vassar College and Manhattanville College (a schedule of dates can be found in the application).

Expectations for Attendees:

  • To participate in the PR/HYLI training sessions and the weekend Institute, all students must be accompanied by a district chaperone/liaison who will also assist in the training sessions.

  • Face-to-face training sessions take place from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Due to training requirements, we will only accept and retain students who commit to attend the entirety of each training session.

Expectations for Districts:

  • To provide a district chaperone/liaison to accompany students to the training sessions who will assist in the training sessions. It does not have to be the same chaperone for each session.

  • To provide district transportation to each training session.

This program has become a cornerstone of developing student leadership, public speaking, and advocacy skills in the Hudson Valley region. Every year PR/HYLI participants rave about the positive impact this program has had on them. We look forward to another successful and life-changing year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to respond directly to Gregory Bailey, Technology Resource Specialist and PR/HYLI Trainer at gbailey@swboces.org or José M. Meléndez, Resource Specialist and PR/HYLI Trainer at jmelendez@swboces.org.

Thank you for all that you do and let us know if there's anything we can do to help!