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English as a New Language and Refugee Services


Thomas Giglio, Director

Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center
75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206


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Welcome to the Office of English as a New Language and Refugee Services. The City School District of Albany is proud to be a growing hub for refugee families and families whose native language is not English. The district is committed to meeting the needs of all of our students and families in partnership with our diverse community.


If you are new to the United States and you are in need of supports, please contact the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants at USCRI Albany, 991 Broadway, Suite 223, Albany, NY 12204. You can also reach the committee by phone at (518) 459-1790, ext. 8010. The fax number is (518) 459-1876. You can contact Director Jill Peckenpaugh at


If you are new to the City School District of Albany, please contact our Central Registration Office at (518) 475-6125. Central Registration is located at 75 Watervliet Ave.


Google Translate

The City School District of Albany is pleased to offer Google Translate as an option to translate pages within this website. You can find the Google Translate dropdown menu at the bottom of the left-hand menu on all of our pages.


Google Translate is a third-party service over which the district has no control. The service provides automated computer translations that are only an approximation of websites' original content. The translations should not be considered exact and only should be used as a rough guide.


The district does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system and will not accept liability for loss incurred as a result. Some files and other items cannot be translated, including but not limited to graphical buttons, drop-down menus, graphics and photos. In addition, some applications or services may not work as expected when translated.


Please note that you may experience problems with the Myanmar (Burmese) translation option, and that you may experience problems with Google Translate using some versions of Internet Explorer. We are working with Google Translate to address these areas. Please click the following link if you have any questions about Google Translate:.


Important documents and resources

Follow the links below for useful resources and information.


Bilingual Glossaries


Center for Applied Linguistics

CAL conducts projects and offers a variety of research-based resources related to the education of English-language learners in a variety of settings, including prekindergarten-Grade 12 and Adult Education. CAL researchers developed and researched the widely used SIOP model of sheltered content instruction using ESL methodology.


Colorin Colorado

Site for parents and educators of English-language learners. The site includes numerous resources on a wide variety of topics related to ELL education.



An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages.


Everything ESL

Website created by Judie Haynes, an ESL teacher from New Jersey, with tons of resources, content-based lesson plans, advice, and ideas for K-12 ESL teachers.


Comments (-1)New York State Education Commissioner's Amended Regulations Part 154

Ensuring Equal Educational Opportunities for English-Language Learners


New York State Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages


New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL)

NYS TESOL is an association of professionals concerned with the education of English language learners at all levels of public and private education in New York State. Our interests include classroom practices, research, program and curriculum development, employment, funding, and legislation.


Refugees 101


Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Resources


Teachers' Domain

Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs and teacher professional learning communities.


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

A global association of teachers of English to speakers of other languages.


The Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) newsletter



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