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Teacher Talk - February 14, 2022

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Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Staff, 
 
Last week Superintendent León and I met with K-3 teachers to listen and provide clarity regarding instructional outcomes that will best ensure students are learning how to read and write.. 

  1. Kindergarten teachers should focus on all students mastering uppercase and lowercase letter names and sounds, short vowel sounds, and sight words connected to the matrix. Teachers should use the books in the matrix during guided reading.
  2. Grade 1 teachers should focus on ensuring the foundational skills from kindergarten have been learned and that students know long vowels, r-controlled vowels, and have progressed learned the sight words listed in the matrix.
  3. Grades 2 and 3 teachers should focus on ensuring the foundational skills from kindergarten and grade 1 have been learned and that students know how to apply phonics when reading and writing.
  4. All grades should continue to build students’ knowledge through the units of study.

Please use this link to access the presentation and resources.
 
The Office of Teaching & Learning will be hosting an upcoming residency for third-grade teachers and later in the spring for second grade teachers. These are paid teacher residencies where participants will learn and create writing instruction based on The Writing Revolution. Participants must commit to all sessions and will be paid $656 upon completion. If you are a third grade teacher and are interested in participating, please apply here. The maximum number of teachers who will be accepted is 60.

 

- Dr. Reilly

 

 

 

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  • Child Study Team and Speech Therapists (New)
  • Literacy Footprints-Now Available! (New)
  • myOn Reader Now Available! (New)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week (New)
  • Submit Student Artwork to Hope, Healing and Resistance Statewide (New)
  • ELA Office Hours - Focusing on Small Groups (New)
  • New Teacher Induction - March 2nd (New)
  • 3rd Annual SEL Day (New)
  • Survey for Math Teachers (New)
  • Bootstrap Algebra and Data Science (New)
  • National Women & Girls in Sports Day (New)

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NEW ITEMS 

 

The 1st Annual Women's Leadership Conference (New)
Contact: Matthew Brewster, Staff Development
Email: MBrewster@nps.k12.nj.us

Current and Aspiring Women Leaders:

Register for the 1st Annual Women’s Leadership Conference Embrace-Empower - Elevate presented by Deputy Superintendent, Nicole T. Johnson.

The conference will open at 9:00 AM with greetings and special messages from a panel of distinguished leaders and guests. The keynote address by Judge Victoria Pratt will begin at 9:45 AM. The first breakout window is 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM and the second breakout window is 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 11, 2022.

Registration Link
Women's Leadership Conference Flyer

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COMING SOON! Transfer to our New and Expanding Schools (New)

Contact: Jessica Scafe, Human Resource Services
Email: jscafe@nps.k12.nj.us

Have you heard? The Newark Board of Education is opening a new elementary school, as well as expanding several of our newer schools, and we would like you to help us fully staff them! No action is necessary at this time as additional information about the process to apply will be shared soon; however, we wanted to provide you with information about the new schools and what opportunities are coming.

To learn more about our schools and the positions available, visit here.

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Homework Hotline Reminder for All Students (New)

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Teaching and Learning 
Email: tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us

As we continue to find ways to assist our students we want to continue encouraging you to utilize the Homework Hotline. Live NBOE Teachers are available to assist students in a myriad of areas every Monday - Thursday from 3:30 pm -5:30 pm. The full list of subject areas and tutor numbers can be found here.

Our teachers are excited and ready to work with your students! Please encourage your students to reach out!

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New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment Update: Cut Scores (New)

Contact: Vernon Pullins Jr, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life
Email: vpullins@nps.k12.nj.us

Dear Educators,

Attached, please find the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) Update: Cut Scores and English Language Arts and Mathematics Resources for your immediate perusal. Additionally, below you will find links for NJGPA and class of 2023-2025 HS Graduation Assessment requirements updated Feb. 2022.

Links:
NJGPA
Class of 2023-2025 HS Graduation Assessment Requirements (Updated February 2022)

Thank you,
Office of Student Life

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Child Study Team and Speech Therapists (New)

Contact: Marilyn Mitchell, Office of Special Education
Email: mmitchell@nps.k12.nj.us

The Office of Special Education is pleased to announce that Child Study Team members and Speech Language Specialists will resume their in-person case management of students and services beginning Tuesday, February 15, 2022. We will no longer have CSTs remaining at one school to complete case management. If you have any questions about your CST, please contact your OSE network supervisor for assistance. Thank you for your patience during this duration.

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Literacy Footprints - Now Available! (New)

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Educational Technology-Office of Teaching & Learning
Email: tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us

Literacy Footprints is now available for all K-2 ELA teachers through the Clever Student Portal. Classes are already rostered using PowerSchool. This provides online access to Pioneer Valley books and other literacy resources for teachers and students. The majority of the guided reading books listed in the matrix for grades 1 and 2 can be accessed here. Additional documentation and supports will be shared in the coming days.

If you have technical questions please reach out to tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us. If you have usage questions, please reach out to hlieberman@nps.k12.nj.us.

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myOn Reader Now Available! (New)

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Educational Technology-Office of Teaching & Learning
Email: tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us

Students and teachers in grades K-8 now have access to myOn Reader through the Clever Student Portal. This platform gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. Students take a brief interest inventory when they log on and are linked to books that match their interest and grade. Titles are available in English and Spanish. Students can access these books from anywhere and should be encouraged to use this platform to explore different genres, authors and titles.

If you have any questions please reach out to tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week (New)

Contact: Mary Garripoli, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life 
Email: mgarripoli@nps.k12.nj.us

Please be reminded that it is never to late to pay it forward and be kind to others. The week of February 14th is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Thursday, February 17, 2022, is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Make sure to incorporate school and classroom activities that promote kindness to others. Please share and upload artifacts of your school-wide activities with Mary Garripoli through the Culture and Climate Submission Form, found here

Suggested activities for Random Acts of Kindness Week can be found here.

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Submit Student Artwork to Hope, Healing and Resistance Statewide (New)

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts
Email: mel@nps.k12.nj.us

Submissions accepted through March 31, 2022. The NJDOE, in collaboration with Arts Ed NJ and the Art Educators of New Jersey, invites New Jersey students to participate in the Hope, Healing and Resilience through the COVID-19 Pandemic Art Showcase & Installation Project. Students from preschool to 12th grade are encouraged to submit a photo of original piece of two-dimensional (2-D) art that conveys positive messages of hope, healing, and resilience created after March 2020. Selected artwork will be displayed on the NJDOE website and in NJDOE offices.

Project Information
ArtInstallationBroadcast.pdf

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ELA Office Hours - Focusing on Small Groups (New)

Contact: Heather Lieberman, Office of Teaching and Learning
Email: hlieberman@nps.k12.nj.us

The ELA Department is offering Office Hours for teachers. There are a variety of available day/time options to choose from.

In the month of February, K-5 will focus on analyzing and using the data from the Spelling Inventory to create and teach small groups. As always, any questions or areas of concern are welcome.

Please see the document for dates and times.

ELA-Office-Hours-21-22-1.pdf

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New Teacher Induction - March 2nd (New)

Contact: Dana Moore Mishoe, Educator Effectiveness
Email: evaluations@nps.k12.nj.us

The March New Teacher Induction session will take place on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 between 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Teachers who are new to Newark (regardless of previous experience) are expected to attend 7 of the 9 monthly sessions. The Office of Science will facilitate this session which will focus on how to develop 3 dimensional Science tasks.

Please use the following Calendar Link to view all New Teacher Development sessions offered on March 2nd as well as the New Teacher Development Resource Folder for incredible past PD resources.

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3rd Annual SEL Day (New)

Contact: LaTonya White, Student Support s Services- Office of Student Life
Email: ldwhite@nps.k12.nj.us

Social emotional learning (SEL) changes lives—studies show that SEL improves well-being and academic outcomes, builds a positive school climate, and provides children with the necessary skills to excel in today’s workforce.

Finding Common Ground, Pursuing Common Good: SEL Day 2022 will give people around the world the opportunity to showcase the SEL skills they use to build relationships and support their communities. Sign Up Today!

Sign Up Link

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Survey for Math Teachers (New)

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics
Email: dgearhart@nps.k12.nj.us

Your voice matters. As we design meaningful ways to help you teach mathematics, we need to hear from you. The Office of Mathematics has partnered with 4DMA in an effort to provide equitable instructional practices that empower all students as critical thinkers and “doers” of mathematics. We are taking teacher support and mathematics instruction to a new level.

Please fill out the survey here by Monday, February 28, 2022

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Bootstrap Algebra and Data Science (New)

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics
Email: dgearhart@nps.k12.nj.us

Bootstrap is a supplemental curriculum in which students learn to program their own video games using algebraic language and explore cutting-edge on algebra education. This program will be implemented in select classrooms using the Data Science (grade 7) and Algebra curriculum (Alg 1 teachers). Participants must attend all 3 sessions of which Saturdays are reimbursed at the NTU contracted rate. Session dates are:

March 9, 2022
April 2, 2022
May 21, 2022

Email dgearhart@nps.k12.nj.us if you are a grade 7, 8, or Algebra 1 math teacher and interested in this curriculum.

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National Women & Girls in Sports Day (New)

Contact: Krystle Rhett, Office of Health, Physical Education & Athletics
Email: krhett@nps.k12.nj.us

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 marked the 36th Annual Celebration of National Women and Girls in Sports Day!!!

The Office of Health, Physical Education and Athletics showed appreciation and honored the phenomenal female athletes here in NBOE! Many of our colleagues were, and still are stellar athletes and/or coaches. We've highlighted many of their achievements as student-athletes (High School, College, or Professional level) and/or coaches in the presentation below.

Please use the link provided to access the presentation. 

Enjoy!

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Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Strategy