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
Coordinators: Lisa Eppolito, Rebecca Murphy
Consultant: Dr. Jose Rivera

Questions, Contact:
Dawn Novak, Senior Clerk Typist     Tel:  (716) 821-7531                              Fax: (716) 821-7556

2014 ODMAC attendees
NYSTESOL Essay Contest Winner Aden Yakub
Left to Right: Elena Zelfond ESL Teacher; Nadia Nashir, Principal #45; Aden Yakub; Aden's Brother and Father; Naomi Cerre, Lafayette HS Principal
2014 PRHYLI WNY Delegation
News & Events
Translated 2015 NYSESLAT Score Reports - NYSED will be releasing translated editions of the 2015 NYSESLAT Score Reports in September.  The report is currently available in English and identifies the ELL student's Proficiency Level... Read More...
New NYSITELL Answer Sheets - New, downloadable,  NYSITELL Answer Sheets have been issued by the Office of State Assessment to reflect the 5 new proficiency levels.  Read More...
Culture Fact Sheets, 2015 - Snap shots of Buffalo's immigrant and refugee populations created by Partnership for the Public Good . Nepali-Bhutanese, Burma/Karen/Chin, Eritrea, Puerto Rico, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq,... Read More...
OBE-WL Monthly Newsletters - The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages publishes a monthly newsletter updating the state on issues related to the education of ELLs. Read More...
ESL PD Oppotunity 2015-16 - Two professional development opportunities are being offered through the Teacher Center of Cheektowaga, ESL Share--Elementary and ESL Share--Middle/High School .  The professional... Read More...