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The following is a summary of the proposed grants and contracts under the Bilingual Categorical Funds which support initiatives to address the needs of English Language Learners (ELL); consistent with the Regents Policy Paper on Bilingual Education EL 3204, Commissioner's Regulation Part 154; the Department's Strategic Plan for Raising Standards (Regents Reform Agenda and Race to the Top), with special focus on the implementation best practices for the Education of ELLs.

The activities specifically addressed are in the areas of higher standards, new assessments involving ELLs, the preparation and certification of bilingual and ESL staff to incorporate the standards and assessments into the curriculum for ELL, parent empowerment to increase their knowledge and understanding of ELL requirements, capacity building at the school and district levels and most especially, the provision of equitable services for ELLs.  Many of these initiatives will focus on high-need districts.


Programs / Initiatives:

1.Regional Bilingual Education - Resource Networks (RBE-RN) will create resources and provide professional development and technical assistance to school districts, especially those where English Language Learners (ELLs) fail to meet State/Federal standards/requirements, in order to build and/or strengthen their capacity to serve ELLs through CR Part 154 and ESEA Title III programs. 

2.CUNY NYS Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (CUNY-NYSIEB)

NYSED has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the CUNY Graduate Center—Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and PhD Program in Urban Education to continue to concentrate on increasing the capacities of schools that serve emergent bilingual students, aiming to improve their levels of educational achievement. Bridges will continue to support districts throughout the state to create programs for SIFE students.

3.The CR-ITI-BE is designed to increase the pool of certified bilingual and ESL teachers in New York (5 districts) by helping bilingual and ESL provisional preparatory teachers (PPT) meet the course requirements for certification in approved institutions of higher education (IHE).  This contract will be for 5 programs, 4 in New York City and 1 in Long Island.

4.The Two-Way Bilingual Education Program is designed to promote academic excellence in core subjects and to develop proficiency in two languages (one of which is English) in the English proficient and ELL students.  Grants will be awarded to schools to implement new two-way bilingual programs.

5.The BETLA Program was created to instill leadership skills in exemplary teachers who then work to support fellow teachers working with ELLs as well as preparing them to achieve educational leadership roles such as principals, superintendents etc. The CR-ITI-BE was created to increase the pool of certified ESL and Bilingual Education teachers in districts with large ELL populations, by helping Bilingual and ESL provisional preparatory teaches (PPT) meet course requirements for ESL and bilingual extension certifications.  The Westchester and NYC BETLA and CR-ITI-BE MOU will support bilingual and ESL teachers in Westchester, New York City (Bronx), Rochester, and Long Island.

6.HYLI is designed to develop leadership, public speaking skills, and an understanding of the NYS Legislative process in for 200 Hispanic (junior and senior) high school students studying NYS Law and Government.  Prior to attending a three-day institute, students receive training on the legislative process and then they select legislative bills to research and debate.  At the institute, students meet with legislators and debate actual legislative bills in a mock assembly session.  Students receive scholarships from legislators.

7.Online Leadership Program - A program to provide leadership development courses through online MOOCs that will help prepare teachers working with ELLs to develop new strategies aligned to the Common Core.  The Online Leadership Program MOU will support bilingual and ESL teachers statewide. 

8.Evaluation of Categorical Funds grant

 The purpose of this grant is to:

  • evaluate categorically-funded bilingual education programs (presently six program) to ensure that each meets the requirements and quality of the programs outlined in their approved RFPs;
  • assess the impact of these programs in terms of their expected outcomes in meeting the needs of limited English proficiency (LEP)/English language learners (ELLs) in New York State;
  • use information as a basis for renewal of all existing programs or for creation of new ones based on the availability of funds; and
  • report progress and make suggestions/recommendations to improve the quality of these programs.

9.Technical Assistance and Online Toolkit for Districts

A series of online tools and resources will be developed to assist districts in implementing programs and services for ELLs aligned with New York State’s requirements, including Education Law 3204 and 3602; Part 154 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (CR) for services to ELLs; general requirements under CR Parts 100, 117, 200; teacher certification requirements under CR Parts 80.9 and 80.10; and federal mandates under Titles I and III of the ESEA.11.

             10.World Language Pathways Curriculum and Assessment Initiative

The World Language Education Program in the department of Secondary Education and Youth Services, Queens College of the City University of New York, proposes a two-year project to develop curriculum and assessment tools and resources to support ELL and World Language programs.



Federal Statute:       

Federal Regulation: 

State Statute:             Education Law §3602

State Regulation:      8NYCRR Part 154



State-                           100%


Special Revenue-       

Total-                           $14.5m