2019 PR/HYLI Application Released

The Hudson Valley RBERN invites you to nominate students in grades 11 and 12 to participate in the 29th Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI). The student application can be found here or at this link:


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, 70+ students from the Hudson Valley participated in the training sessions. From that group, nearly 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 $3,650 worth of scholarships.

This year’s Institute is scheduled for March 9-11, 2019. 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 2018 to March of 2019 at Vassar College and Manhattanville College (a schedule is within 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 a 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.

Completed student applications MUST be postmarked by Thursday, November 1, 2018. All materials must be mailed to: HV RBERN PR/HYLI, 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528.

To assist your district with recruitment for this activity, please find a flyer in both English and Spanish for students interested in PR/HYLI.

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

HV RBERN New Workshop And Partner Events

We hope your school year is off to an incredible start!
In order to better serve our region, the NYS Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (HV RBERN) is gathering data to inform our grant-funded professional development initiatives.

We kindly request that you take a moment to complete this short survey (https://goo.gl/forms/996x3ZWLZqNYRb8v1). Our intent is to gauge your professional development needs as they relate to supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in our region. In addition, if you received HV RBERN support or attended our workshops during the 2017-2018 school year, we ask that you please rate your level of satisfaction with the HV RBERN, as well as provide feedback on our performance. (If you completed the survey in June or over the 2018 summer, thank you! This is the same survey you completed previously.)

Your responses will assist us in providing better services to meet your needs. Please feel free to forward this survey to other educators in your district. We appreciate your assistance!

We’re happy to announce a new HV RBERN workshop: 
A Teacher’s Practical Guide to Migrant Students, Trauma, & Social Emotional Learning
11/7/18, Rockland BOCES, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
When children are impacted by stress and trauma, supports must be provided to develop various skills in order to even begin to tackle the aftermath of these experiences. This workshop will build participants’ awareness of the various traumas and stresses that can affect many of our students, specifically migrant students. We will identify practical classroom strategies for incorporating social emotional learning to support both teachers and students. To register in MLP please click here.
Southern Westchester BOCES and HV RBERN are collaboratively offering: 
STEMposium for English Language Learners

10/9/18, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Southern Westchester BOCES, Harrison, NY
This event is open to both SW BOCES and non-SW BOCES component districts. View flyer with more details here.
To view all current HV RBERN workshops in MLP please click here.
We’d like to share the following events from our partners:

NYS TESOL 48th Annual Conference
Experience: The Heart of Teaching and Learning
11/2 & 11/3/18, Albany Marriot, Albany NY
To view more details about this event please click here.
New York State World Languages in the 21st Century
11/6/18, Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
For details, view flyer here.

From SUNY New Paltz:
24th Annual Multicultural Education Conference
Listen, Educate, Advocate: Diverse Voices United for Democratic School
11/16/18, Student Union Building- SUNY New Paltz, 8:30 am-2:30 pm
For details about this conference please click here.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

CEEP Round Table

In the spirit of collaboration and in response to requests, the HV RBERN will be offering two Comprehensive ELL Education Plan (CEEP) Round Table gatherings this week. District members who have a role in articulating the district's strategic plan on the CEEP will have the opportunity to discuss practices and ideas in order to prepare for CEEP submission.

Interested participants are welcome to "drop-in" to either of these discussions. Please RSVP to this email (rbern@swboces.org) if you plan to drop-in. 

CEEP Round Table
PNW BOCES - Wednesday, September 26, from 3:30 - 5:00 PM, 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY

SW BOCES - Thursday, September 27, from 2:30 - 4:30 PM, 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY

District superintendents must submit the district's CEEP to NYSED no later than October 19, 2018

If you have questions about the CEEP and are unable to attend, please contact us.