Purpose of Grant: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) is seeking proposals to operate eight (8) Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) technical assistance support centers in the State.
Project Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2025
Application Due Date: January 16, 2020 by 3 pm (Questions regarding this RFP should be submitted by December 5, 2019)
Project Description: The goal of the RBERN is to help each district and school create for Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners (MLLs/ELLs) an educational environment that engages everyone in meaningful teaching and learning, respects diversity, provides opportunities for all children to achieve at the highest levels, and enables them to become proficient in the English language while capitalizing on their strengths in terms of their native language and heritage.
The RBERN network is also NYSED’s main program initiative for the provision of professional development, in-service training, information dissemination, and technical assistance in areas related to MLL/ELL education for parents and service providers, focusing particularly on the following areas:
- Reducing dropout rates/increasing graduation rates
- Student Identification/Placement
- Coordination of Resources
- Quality Programs
- Quality Instruction
- Improving Educational Opportunities for MLLs/ELLs such as Career and Technical Education
- Assessment/School Planning
- Staff Qualifications
- Professional Development
- Parent and Family Involvement
- Support Services
The primary work of the RBERN technical assistance providers funded through this RFP will be to bring research-based practices in the areas identified above to New York State public schools and districts, including Charter schools, and nonpublic schools that have been identified by OBEWL as at risk of, or needing, assistance or intervention to improve results for MLLs/ELLs.
Eligible Applicants: Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
Funding: Per BID acceptance