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NBOE Teacher Talk - 3/11/2024

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

As shared previously via email, please see below for the SY 2024-25 calendars:

Additionally, here is the calendar with the Marking Period and Report Card Dates.

As a reminder, I have asked that all homeroom teachers distribute the School Calendar SY 2024-25 to students and their families. 

Have a great week of teaching and learning!

Superintendent León

High School Teachers
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NBOE Spring Junior College Fair (New)

Contact: Vernon Pullins Jr., Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

On Tuesday, March 26, 2024, the Office of Student Life will hold its annual NBOE Spring Junior College Fair. The location is the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ.

The Office of Student Life will provide transportation. The flyer, school rotation schedule, media consent form, and blank trip permission slips are linked below:

Students are not allowed to bring bookbags, food, or drinks into the Prudential Center.

If you have any questions, please contact Vernon Pullins, Jr. at or 862-810-8180 x8626.
High School Teachers
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Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

All artists in Essex County, grades 9-12, are eligible to participate in this exhibition:

Click on this link for details:

Click on this link to register:

Submission deadline is Wednesday, March 13th. 

Check out the artwork from past exhibitions:

Questions? Email

2024 MLK Scholarship Essay Competition for NJ HS Seniors

Contact: Vernon Pullins Jr., Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

The New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is proud to offer 10 scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per student to current high school seniors who are New Jersey residents. The scholarships will be awarded based on review of application by the independent reviewers appointed by the Commission.

The on-line application portal will be open for submissions until 5PM on Friday, March 15, 2024. See below for PDF copy of the MLK24 Scholarship Application form for reference. Applications must be submitted via online form.

Newark LGBTQ Film Festival

The Newark LGBTQ Film Festival is taking place April 26 - April 28, 2024!

Please click on this link for more information:

The Film Festival is looking for volunteers, and this includes high school students. Please review this flyer for further details, and fill out the Google form if interested.

Enter the Your Song! Your Voice! Music Contest 2024

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

Encourage Newark students to SUBMIT THEIR ORIGINAL MUSIC. Original song, instrumental, performance video, and typed lyrics must be uploaded. Anyone who has difficulty meeting this requirement should contact the program coordinator for assistance,, or 973-275-7985.

Important Contest Entry Forms are available using this link and include the following:

  • Contest Rules
  • Entry Checklist
  • Copyright License, Copyright Assignment & Talent Release
  • FAQs
  • Contest Poster

Submit completed entry form and release by clicking here:

All Teachers
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PK-8 Snapshot (New)

Contact: Kimberly Diaz, Office of Teaching and Learning 

Snapshots for Grades PK-8 can be found on the District website in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Haitian Creole:

Monthly Math Memo - March 2024 (New)

Contact: Amanda Grossi, Office of Mathematics

The Monthly Math Memo will be posted in the first Teacher Talk of each month. The purpose is to highlight the mathematics teaching and learning that occurs throughout Newark and to inform mathematics educators of professional learning and student opportunities:

Enter the "Attendance Matters" Attendance Poster Contest 2023-2024 (New)

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

Encourage student artists to participate. Complete details, including criteria and guidelines, are available in this Google folder:

  • Each poster must be the original design and creation of the student and meet the Contest Rubric Criteria.
  • Each poster must feature the slogan, "Attendance Matters...Every School Day Counts" 
  • Each poster must be properly labeled as instructed in the guidelines to be considered.

District submission deadline is April 8, 2024 by 2:00pm. Please follow all guidelines to ensure proper school selection and submission.

Elementary Basketball and Cheer Begins! (New)

Contact: Julianne Bello, Office of Extended Learning

The Office of Extended Learning is excited to launch the 2024 Elementary Basketball and Cheer Season beginning March 16, 2024 at 1:30pm in schools across the city. Use the link here to view the weekly schedule:

See you in the stands!


Contact: LaTonya White, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI), funded by NJ DCF Children System of Care, endorsed by NJ DOE, called, "Dreams." They accept up to 45 school districts each year, support with the Nurtured Heart Approach and trauma informed skills, and partner with FSO/CMO to mentor schools.  

The informational flyer and the website are linked below:

Deadline to apply is March 13th, 2024.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2024 (New)

Contact: LaTonya White, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

Explore activities on substance use prevention, overdose awareness and response, and more!

Teens and other members of your community can learn more about the science of drug and alcohol use, make informed decisions about their health, and possibly even save the life of someone else.

In case you haven’t registered for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), happening March 18-24, 2024, please Register Today!


    Apply for Summer Programs 2024 Jobs on Frontline (New)

    Contact: Matthew Brewster, Office of Staff Development

    District personnel who are interested in Summer Programs 2024 employment are encouraged to review the Summer Jobs Brochure to see the new and exciting opportunities that are being offered this year.

    Select instructional, non-instructional, and administrative positions are currently available on Frontline. Additional jobs will be made available on a rolling basis.

    Please direct questions to

    Traditional Mentor Training (New)

    Contact: Herbert Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

    The next mentor training session is scheduled for March 20, 2024. This session is intended for 1st or 2nd year mentors, although mentors of any experience are welcome to attend. We will focus on how to provide instructional feedback so that it will be received.

    Please register here:

    Kean University Tuition Discount (New)

    Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

    Are you currently attending Kean University or do you intend on attending Kean in the near future? Do you wish to save 10-20% on tuition? If so…


    As an NBOE staff member, you're part of the KEANetwork and eligible for exclusive benefits from Kean University. Join us in March to learn more!

    Click here to learn more about this initiative and to access the virtual link to join this information session.

    Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2024
    Time: 3:15pm - 4:15pm

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    Observance of Ramadan

    As you know, Muslims observe Ramadan, which began on Sunday, March 10 and ends on Tuesday, April 9. In our continuing efforts to be mindful and respectful of everyone, attached for your convenience, is an infographic from the Superintendent.

      Infographic: Ramadan - Need To Know Flyer

      New Teacher Induction

      Contact: Dana Mishoe, Educator Effectiveness

      New Teacher Induction sessions are held on the 2nd Tuesday each month. Teachers should attend 6 of the 10 sessions. Please register for the next New Teacher Induction session scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th from 4-6pm. One of March’s sessions will be hosted by the Office of Mathematics and focus on understanding and teaching mathematics using a conceptual-design framework. MSU will host  alternative sessions focused on “Equitable Learning” and “Classroom SEL”. 

      Registration and meeting links for each month can be found in the induction schedule linked here:

      RethinkEd Paid Professional Development

      Contact: Muddasra Munir, Office of Federal Programs & Grants

      Thanks to CDC Grant funds, the NBOE has partnered with RethinkEd to provide Professional Development opportunities under Trauma Informed Care and Cultural Responsiveness and Racial Literacy. The sessions are being held virtually between March 5th - May 16th from 3:30PM-4:30PM and are open to all District teachers and support staff.

      Participants will receive supplemental pay. 

      See the attached flyer for descriptions and Whetstone registration links:

      Join Juilliard's Tuition-free Music Advancement Program (MAP)

      Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

      For more than 30 years, MAP has served students from New York City’s five boroughs and the tri-state area who demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence. Classes take place at Juilliard on Saturdays, 8:30am-6:00pm. Eligible students must be between the ages of 8 and 17, reside in the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT), and have played their instrument for at least two years.

      The program is tuition-free and actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the classical music field.

      Apply online at


      Adolescent Health Services & Education Paid Professional Development

      Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants

      Thanks to CDC Grant funds, the NBOE has partnered with Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ to offer development opportunities focused on adolescent health education and services available at the 2 Planned Parenthood health centers in Newark. The sessions will be held virtually from 4-5 PM on March 20, 21, 27, and 28 and are open to all District teachers and support staff.

      Participants will receive supplemental pay and the opportunity to win a raffle. See the attached flyer for descriptions and Whetstone registration links:

      For more information, contact


      Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

      Please spread the word and post THIS FLYER on all of your social media platforms! Take advantage of our referral program and earn $1,000 for each teacher successfully hired with our District.
      • Registration for External Applicants: Use THIS LINK to register.
      • Audience: High School and Elementary Teachers
      • When: Saturday, March 16, 2024
      • Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
      • Location: Science Park High School - 260 Norfolk Street, Newark, NJ 07103

      If you have any questions, please contact

      Interested in TESL/Bilingual Certification?

      Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

      Grant funding is available to New Jersey educators looking to earn TESL/Bilingual credentials. Join OSGP online or in Portugal in Summer 2024!

      This program is for individuals who already possess their primary cert (Standard) and wish to obtain additional teaching certifications. Upon completion of the program and obtaining the new certification, staff may qualify for the $4,000 bonus to transition into a Bilingual vacancy.

      Click here for more information.

      Should you have additional questions, please email

      Certifications Updates

      Contact: Eboni Woolridge, Human Resource Services

      Register for Virtual Office Hours by using the following link:

      Urgent Request: Contact the Certifications team for the following:

      1. CE/Limited CE Holders Only: Provisional program selections must be submitted immediately for provisional license registration.
      2. All licenses must be submitted to the certification team upon issuance. 
      3. Email:

      Pathways Programs: All certification progress must be uploaded via Google Form:

      Mentorship: All novice Provisional and Pathways employees should be paired with a mentor.

      Transfer Period: April 8th - April 19th, 2024

      Contact: Justine Carter, Human Resource Services

      The transfer time frame allows teachers to review all District school portfolios and apply to a school they feel their skill set is best suited for. Once the teacher interviews with the school leader, and if both agree to move forward on a transfer request, an application is placed. 

      During the transfer window, the applications are reviewed for requirements such as licensure and other items that are in the best interest of the students being served. Once the transfer decision is arrived, all parties are messaged.  

      Apply on Frontline between April 8th and April 19th.

      ** Check out the fantastic opportunities at the elementary and high school level by reviewing the following links: NBOE High School Profiles or NBOE Elementary School Profiles. For more information about our academies at the high school level, please visit: **

      Friendly Referral Bonus Reminder!

      Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

      The anticipated job postings for school year 2024-25 are now live and open for external candidates to apply!

      We encourage all staff members who qualify for the referral program to take advantage of this great initiative and earn $1,000 for EACH teacher candidate that is successfully hired in our District.

      For additional information, please visit or email us at

      Thank you!

      HRS - Recruitment Team

      Parent University Spring 2024 (February - June Workshops)

      Contact: Mariah Alston, Office of Federal Programs & Grants

      The Spring 2024 semester of NBOE's Parent University is underway with virtual family and academic workshops hosted by NBOE, virtual financial wellness workshops hosted by Prudential, and opportunities to attend in person workshops as well!

      All workshops are open to both families and staff across an array of topics all with the goal of supporting student learning and success.

      Print, post, and share the Spring 2024 Calendar of workshops and encourage families to attend.

      Pathways to Teaching Program Check-In Meetings

      Contact: Justine Carter, Human Resource Services

      Below you will find the schedule for the Pathways to Teaching and Career Pathways monthly check-in meetings:

      • Tuesday, 3/12 - 3:20PM
      • Tuesday, 4/9 - 3:20PM
      • Tuesday, 5/14 - 3:20PM
      • Tuesday, 6/11 - 3:20PM

      WebEx links are sent to your NPS emails one week prior to the check-in date. Contact your HRS Partner with any questions or concerns.

      Empowering Educators: Unwind and Recharge with Yoga!

      Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants

      We are excited to continue offering free virtual yoga classes to all NBOE staff! Thanks to grant funding, the District has continued to partner with Newark Yoga Movement to provide yoga classes twice a month through the end of the school year. Staff who attend at least 4 classes will receive a free yoga mat while supplies last. Please see the flyer below to register for the classes you would like to attend:

      For more information, contact

      Disciplinary Guide

      Contact: Mary Leigh Harvey, Office of Student Life

      The attachment contains the disciplinary guide:


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