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NYS/NYC Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network

Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PRHYLI)

If you are an NYC Department of Education Latino high school student and want to make a difference in your community, come and join the Zoom informational session to learn more about the Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute.


  • Student Empowerment
  • Leadership, Advocacy
  • Culture and Community
  • Civic Engagement
  • Law and Government
  • Angelo del Toro Scholarship
  • Credits toward the NYS Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

For additional information please contact Diane Howitt, Resource Specialist, at

Dear Educators,

During these difficult times, the NYC RBERN will continue to operate remotely as Fordham University campuses are closed. We are currently planning to transition remotely for on-school support and professional opportunities via distance learning. Please continue to contact resource specialists via email for updates regarding the continuity of learning.

As we transition, we are exploring distance and virtual learning models for the purpose of offering support for educators of ELLs in New York City. Once we finalize the logistics of how and when the virtual professional learning opportunities will occur, we will notify you. Please continue to check our website for updates: Teacher and Parent Resources coming soon, and use the Fordham RBERN email and resource specialists’ emails to contact us.

We sincerely wish you success in your endeavors and, of course, that you and yours remain safe during these uncertain times.

Sincerely yours,
Eva Garcia, Executive Director

versión en español

Estimados educadores,

Durante este tiempo crítico, la oficina del Centro Regional de Educación Bilingüe de Nueva York (RBERN) localizada en la universidad de Fordham, mantendrá comunicación por medio de correo electrónico e Internet con nuestras escuelas. Durante el cierre, el centro utilizará una plataforma a distancia para ofrecer oportunidades a educadores y padres a utilizar recursos de gran importancia durante esta emergencia. Estos recursos (educativos, socio emocional etc.) podrán ayudar a que nuestros niños bilingües continúen recibiendo la instrucción apropiada requerida por el estado de Nueva York. Por favor manténganse en contacto con nuestras/os especialistas a través del correo electrónico o por teléfono, 718-817-0606 y deje un mensaje.

Mientras exploramos modelos de aprendizaje a distancia con el propósito de proveer la ayuda necesaria, visite nuestra página web para temas de instrucción y socio emocional. También podrán comunicarse con nuestras/os especialistas.

Le deseamos a ustedes y sus familias mantenerse sanos y en buena salud durante estos tiempos inseguros.

Eva García, Directora Ejecutiva

COVID-19 Resources

Our mission is to assist school communities in reflecting on teacher practice and school programs and structures to ensure that NYC ELLs attain the highest level of academic success and language proficiency.

Examining English Learners' Dropout Rates

Diane Rodriguez recently had an article published in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. The article's title is "Factors that Challenge English Learners and Increase their Dropout Rates: Recommendations from the Field".

Learn More About Diane's Publication

Professional Development

At this time, due to the COVID-19 virus,  we will be offering virtual professional development to assure continuity of learning in the areas of:

  • literacy instruction/ Next Generation Learning Standards
  • K- 12 programs
  • English as a New Language and Spanish literacy instructional programs
  • content area instruction/ Next Generation Learning Standards
  • accountability and school improvement/ESSA
  • compliance: program models and organization
  • special education

In addition, we collaborate with education and advocacy organizations serving New York City teachers, administrators, students and families, counselors, social workers and psychologists working with ELLs/MLLs. Our professional development activities provide institutes and seminars that are augmented by on-site school support and guided by our constituents across the city.

Read about our recent work at the 4th Annual UFT ExcELLing Conference for ELLs (English Language Learners) and MLLs (Multilingual Learners) to support educators with the most current strategies for teaching these students.

 We invite schools to participate in our Collaborative Accountability Initiative, a partnership that focuses on data analysis with the goals of planning and developing quality, and equitable programs for ELLs/MLLs, and offers professional development opportunities for teachers. 

Hands-on Involvement in Schools

Fordham GSE and The Center for Educational Partnerships are committed to hands-on involvement in schools and to maintaining the unique character of our local communities.

Toward that end we have offices in the Bronx and Manhattan, which bring our expertise close to our school partners. Each office provides meeting space and offers specialized resources.

During this unprecedented time, our entire RBERN team remains available to support you and your ELLs over the phone, through Google classroom, email, Zoom and via teleconferencing. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with urgent questions regarding virtual instruction, or long-term planning for services for your ELLs to ensure the continuity of all their learning.

Translation Services

African Language Consultants - African Language Consultants is a BBB accredited, multilingual services provider with access to linguists of both commonly spoken and rare African languages and dialects.

Translation Services - Individuals - List of individuals providing a full range of multilingual language services.

Translation Services - Organizations - List of organizations and companies providing a full range of multilingual language services.