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                             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...