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, Lisa Eppolito, Travis Moore, Rebecca Murphy

Questions, Contact:
Dawn Novak, Senior Clerk Typist     Tel:  (716) 821-7531                              Fax: (716) 821-7559


NYSABE conference will be hosted at Niagara University on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

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
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...