Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network

The Regional Bilingual Education-Resource Network (RBE-RN) West is part of a statewide system of support funded by the NYSED, Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBE-WL).

Our goal is to enhance the knowledge and competencies of educators, parents and community members for promoting the academic excellence of English language learners (ELLs).

We provide technical assistance, professional development and resources to districts and schools in following service region:

  • Erie 1 BOCES;
  • Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES;
  • Cattaraugus-Allegany-Wyoming-Erie BOCES;
  • Orleans-Niagara BOCES and;
  • The City of Buffalo.


Executive Director: Denise Gonez-Santos
Resource Specialists: Michael Duffy, Melissa Duquette, Rebecca Elias, Travis Moore

Questions, Contact:
Dawn Novak, Senior Clerk Typist     Tel:  (716) 821-7531
dnovak@e1b.org                             Fax: (716) 821-7559

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Commissioner MaryEllen Elia addresses the 39th Annual NYSABE Conference attendees at Niagara University on May 21, 2016. Photo credit, Paul Battson
39th Annual NYSABE Conference at Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum, May 21 2016.
Photo credit Paul Battson
Dr. Linda Silvestri, ESL Teacher at G. J. Mann Elementary School in Niagara Falls is the recipient of the 2015 Niagara University College of Education Teacher of the Year.

Denise Góñez-Santos and Dr. Linda Silvestri celebrate Dr. Silverstri's well-deserved award for her unwavering dedication to the education of ELLs.


Lissete Colón-Collins delivers the opening address at the Teacher's Institute

ESOL teacher Elena Zelfond receiving NYSTESOL's Student Essay Award on behalf of her fourth grade student, Day Nya Paw.
PR/HYLI scholarship winners at the 2016 mock assembly in Albany, NY.
News & Events
Recognition in the Jamestown Post-Journal - RBE-RN Coordinator Travis Moore and JHS teacher Raquel Ruch are recognized for the creative solutions used to help English language learners in a Math AIS class see a 100% success rate with the... Read More...
NYSTESOL Call for Proposals - The New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages ( NYS TESOL ) extends a cordial invitation to you or your teachers to submit a proposal for the annual conference which will... Read More...
Co-Teaching ELL Administrator's Conference - Please SAVE-THE-DATE .  At the request of the NYSED OBE-WL, the RBE-RN West will host an ELL Administrators' Conference on Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Erie 1 BOCES... Read More...
New Parent Hotline - A parent hotline was created to provide parents and guardians information on their rights and services for their children pursuant CR Part 154. Read More...
Multilingual Parent Orientation Videos - New multilingual parent orientation videos are available from the OBE-WL.  Current languages are include Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, French, Haitian,... Read More...
Karen & Nepali Glossaries - Karen-English and Nepali-English glossaries are now available for High School Living Environment.  More glossaries and native language resources are available at the Language RBE-RN Website. Read More...
2016 NYSTESOL Conference - Save the date for the 2016 NYSTESOL Conference in Syracuse, NY. Read More...
2016 Teacher's Institute - 2016 Teacher's Institute  presentation given by Associate Commissioner for the OBE-WL, Lissette Colon-Collins. -February 26, 2016 Read More...
NYSESLAT Turnkey Training Materials - Turnkey training PowerPoints for Speaking and Writing presented on April 1, 2016 by RBERN.  Additional handouts on key information regarding the 2016 NYSESLAT assessment is also... Read More...
NYSESLAT Resources EngageNY - Additional NYSESLAT Resources are available on EngageNY. Read More...
NYSESLAT SAM - NYSESLAT 2016 School Administrator's Manual (SAM) has been released. Read More...
Regent's Presentation State Seal of Biliteracy - Buffalo World Languages Supervisor, Pietro Mendola and RBERN Executive Director, Denise Góñez-Santos presented Buffalo's successful pilot of the State Seal of Biliteracy  to the... Read More...
NYSESLAT "Webinettes" - Webinar video series explaining the purpose and process of test development for ELLs in NYS (NYSESLAT). Read More...
ELL Student Placement Form - The OBE-WL released ELL Student Placement Form s in multiple languages.  The form is sent home to parents after students have been identified ELL. Read More...
Home Language Questionnaires - New HLQs have been posted to the NYSED website.  Read More...
Former ELL Services District Plan - NYSED outlines former ELL services in a new Q & A guidance document . Districts are required to write and submit a plan by November 6, 2015. Former ELL Services District Plan Read More...
Adult ESL Classes 2015-16 - Erie 1 BOCES holds free, adult ESL classes  in 3 locations, Sweet Home High School, Our Lady of Laretto in Buffalo, and Workforce Development Center in Cheektowaga. Read More...
Parent Bill of Rights - The OBEWL released a Parent Bill of Rights in 9 languages.  The document provides information on the rights afforded to families under CR Part 154. Read More...
NYSITELL Parent Brochure - The OBE-WL released NYSITELL Parent Brochures available in 22 languages. Read More...
November-December OBE-WL Newsletter - The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages' November-December 2015 monthly newsletter is available. Included are current updates from the state on issues related to the education... Read More...