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To Our RBERN Community:

In this time of national and global grief, we, the members of Mid-State RBERN, reaffirm our moral imperative to our network and beyond.

We are invested in leveraging our role as educators of culturally and linguistically diverse learners to create equity in education. As such, our core values continue to guide our interactions with the communities we serve:

Our relationships have the greatest impact on our work: We resolve to examine how power and privilege impact our relationships.

Multilingualism and multiculturalism are assets that we celebrate, validate, and recognize as essential: We resolve to amplify the voices and experiences of our culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families.

Every individual has valuable strengths and perspectives that teach us new ways of thinking: We resolve to create a safe space for divergent thinking as we identify and confront our own biases.

Every individual wants to learn, grow, and direct their own learning toward becoming a world-ready citizen: We resolve to highlight the lived experiences of the members of our community who have been historically marginalized due to institutional racism and to create opportunities that provide meaningful access and participation for those members. 

Accountability builds credibility: We resolve to call each other in to conversations about racism and inequity, and we commit to creating spaces for those conversations with our community.

Intentionality in our work creates pathways of accessibility which result in equitable outcomes for all: We resolve to deeply listen to our communities in order to amplify their voices and their power to speak their truth freely.

We acknowledge that these resolutions are part of our ongoing learning and teaching. Dismantling the institutional inequities within education has been and continues to be a challenging, emotional practice we engage in together as we move forward. We would like to invite you to find time for self-reflection and to join us in seeking out and supporting organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color who are doing the work toward educational equity to extend your positive sphere of influence.


A Nuestra Comunidad de RBERN:

En esta época de dolor nacional y mundial, nosotros, los miembros de Mid-State RBERN reafirmamos nuestro imperativo moral a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad y a sus allegados. 

Estamos dedicados en aprovechar nuestro papel como educadores de estudiantes cultural y lingüísticamente diversos para crear equidad en la educación. Como tal, nuestros valores  siguen guiando nuestra interacción con las comunidades a las que servimos:

Nuestras relaciones tienen el mayor impacto en nuestro trabajo: Resolvemos examinar cómo el poder y los privilegios impactan nuestras relaciones. 

El multilingüismo y el multiculturalismo son cualidades que celebramos, validamos y reconocemos como esenciales: Resolvemos amplificar las voces y experiencias de nuestros estudiantes cultural y lingüísticamente diversos y sus familias. 

Cada individuo tiene valiosas fortalezas y perspectivas que nos enseñan nuevas formas de pensar: Resolvemos crear un espacio seguro para el pensamiento divergente a medida que identificamos y enfrentamos nuestros propios prejuicios.

Cada individuo quiere aprender, crecer y dirigir su propio aprendizaje hacia convertirse en un ciudadano listo para el mundo: Resolvemos resaltar las experiencias vividas de los miembros de nuestras comunidades que han sido históricamente marginados debido al racismo institucional y crear oportunidades que brinden acceso y participación significativos para esos miembros.

La responsabilidad en nuestro propósito fomenta credibilidad: Resolvemos incluirnos e incluir a otros en conversaciones sobre racismo e inequidad, y nos comprometemos a crear espacios para esas conversaciones con nuestras comunidades. 

La intencionalidad en nuestra labor crea vías de accesibilidad que dan lugar a resultados equitativos para todos: Resolvemos escuchar profundamente a nuestras comunidades para amplificar sus voces y poder para que tengan un espacio para comunicar su verdad libremente.

Reconocemos que estas resoluciones son parte de nuestro aprendizaje y enseñanza continuos. Desmontar las desigualdades institucionales dentro de la educación ha sido y sigue siendo una práctica desafiante y emocional en la que participamos juntos a medida que avanzamos. Nos gustaría invitarles a que encuentren un momento para la autorreflexión y a que se unan a nosotros en la búsqueda y apoyo de organizaciones lideradas por negros, indígenas y personas de color que están haciendo el trabajo hacia la equidad educativa, para que ustedes emplien su esfera de influencia positiva.


Statement by Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, the Board of Regents and Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe regarding the death of George Floyd

Letter from Elisa Alvarez, Associate Commissioner of the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages in Solidarity with the Memory of George Floyd

Professional Learning & Workshop Materials

Mid-State RBERN and its regional partners strive to provide the highest quality, most up-to-date, researched-based professional learning opportunities and materials for the Mid-State region. We are pleased to offer an expanded offering of professional learning opportunities and materials online in order to increase educator effectiveness and efficacy in supporting English Language Learners virtually. Please check out our calendar of events to learn more about our exciting professional learning offerings.

Mid-State RBERN is a CTLE-sponsored provider. Participants will earn credit towards renewing their teaching certification. Please contact Tanya Rosado-Barringer at for more information.

Mid-State RBERN Events

Tanya Rosado-Barringer
Tanya Rosado-Barringer
RBERN Coordinator

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