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NBOE Teacher Talk - 4/22/2024

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

The SY 2024-25 Newark Enrolls Match Release was Thursday, April 18, 2024. We are proud to share that over 7,000 students participated in the enrollment cycle, and registration commenced on Friday, April 19th! 

As expected, the District is geared up for a phone surge by parents/families after the Match Release, and all school-based clerks have been appraised with talking points. In addition, schools and their support staff have been prepped to address concerns at the school level. We appreciate everyone’s support, patience, and understanding in going the extra mile for our students and families. 

Should parents/families have any questions or concerns regarding their match, please guide them to:

Have a great week of teaching and learning!

Superintendent León

All Teachers
New Items

Health Education Workshops (New)

Contact: Krystle Rhett, Office of Health, Physical Education & Athletics

The Office of Health, Physical Education and Athletics will be offering professional development opportunities for teachers on the following topics:

Thursday, April 25th K-5 Social & Sexual Health
(K-5 Health Ed. for Non-Health Teachers)
Tuesday, May 7th Sex Ed Updates You May Have Missed
(Grades 6-12 Health Teachers)
Tuesday, May 14th K-5 Social & Sexual Health
(K-5 Health Ed. for Non-Health Teachers)

Please click the link below for more information and registration links:

NBOE Arts Update (New)

Contact: Antonia Germanos, Visual and Performing Arts

Stay up-to-date on the current state of the Arts. Read our 4/22 newsletter here, and access all previous newsletters here.

New Teacher Induction (New)

Contact: Dana Mishoe, Educator Effectiveness

New Teacher Induction sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Teachers should attend 6 of the 10 sessions during the School Year. 

Please register for the next New Teacher Induction session scheduled on Tuesday, May 14th; 4-6pm. One of April’s sessions will be hosted by the Office of Early Childhood and focuses on best early childhood practices for facilitating small group instruction. Registration and meeting links for each month can be found in the induction schedule linked here.

The NBOE Health & Wellness Fair Spring Block Party (New)

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Office of Benefit Services

Join us for the NBOE Health & Wellness Fair Spring Block Party, hosted by the NBOE Well Benefits Team!


When: Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: First Avenue Elementary School - 214 First Avenue, Newark, NJ 07107
Who: All benefit eligible employees are invited to participate
What: Free hot meals, massages, meditation, chances to win prizes, gift cards, and more! There will also be Biometric screenings with Quest Diagnostics. Meet with reps from our vendors!

Click to view The NBOE Health & Wellness Fair Spring Block Party flyer for details.

Montclair State University - Bilingual/Bicultural and ESL Programs (New)

Contact: Claire Emmanuel, Human Resource Services

This will be an opportunity to have questions answered and to gain insights about our program through this partnership. For more information, please click here.

NOTE: Current NJ teacher certification is required to apply for these programs. (Teachers who do not hold a CEAS or Standard Instructional Certification MUST have completed an Alternate Route program in their primary certification area.)

Kindly complete the interest form below based on your desired program:

Newark Evening Seeking Teachers for SY 2024-25 (New)

Contact: Tiffany Overton, Adult Education

Newark Evening High School is seeking teachers for the 2024-2025 school year:

  • GED/ABE ELA/Social Studies
  • GED/ABE Math/Science
  • Algebra 1 & 2
  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Social Studies
  • PE/Health
  • World Language
Please send a letter of interest/resume to by June 6, 2024.

Newark LGBTQ Film Festival  (New)

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

For more information, including the full schedule, click on this link: 
All Teachers
Previous Items

Updates from the Office of Special Education

Contact: Candice Wells, Office of Special Education

The Office of Special Education (OSE) held our 6th Annual Autism Acceptance Kick-off on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Our theme this month is “Make It Personal, Autism Acceptance.” OSE is using the Infinity Symbol to represent the infinite potential of individuals with autism, as well as their limitless possibilities and abilities.

The District’s goal is to promote autism awareness, acceptance, inclusion, and self-determination for all students, and to encourage the community, educators, families, and friends to create a more inclusive world.

See attached for "April Events and Workshops":

Rethink SEL Student Self-Assessment

Contact: Jessica Silva-Olmo, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

All 3rd -12th Grade students will take a Spring 2024 RethinkEd SEL Self-Assessment by May 31st. The window for the assessment is currently open.

A data pull will be shared with Principals and Assistant Superintendents 1 week prior to the deadline. Information gathered from the data analysis will be used to support students, parents, and shared with stakeholders as needed. Please ensure that you are having students complete this in order to capture all of their SEL strengths and/or challenges.

Mentor Training

Contact: Herbert Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

The next mentor training session is scheduled for May 1st, 2024. 

This session is intended for ALL mentors, and will provide guidance for closing out the year and submitting proper paperwork. We will also focus on strategies to shift practice and mindset for equity. 

Please register here:

Escrow Program - Open Enrollment (New)

Contact: M. James, Human Resource Services

  • Escrow Open Enrollment for current and newly hired employees is May 1st through September 15th of each year!
  • Employees who are 10-month and 11-month full time employees can now self-enroll, discontinue, and switch options in the Escrow Program.
  • For more information about refund dates, viewing deduction selected through ESS (Employee Self Service), and instructions on how to enroll, kindly visit our HRS Portal at or view attached QR Code:

Required Annual Affirmative Action Training – (All Staff)

Contact: Nicola Camacho, Affirmative Action

Board policy requires all employees to complete annual Affirmative Action training. All training courses launched on March 25, 2024. You will receive an email from Newark Board of Education containing a link to log in to Vector Solutions using your District email and password (sample attached). Each training course includes an assessment which must be completed. A certificate can be saved or printed after successfully completing each assigned training course. You must complete all required courses by May 31, 2024.

NBOE Affirmative Action Training Courses 2024

Course Name Course Assignment
Sexual Harassment: Staff-to-Staff All Staff
Discrimination Awareness in the Workplace Employees who did not complete the training offered in 2023 will be required to complete this additional course.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices: Staff-to-Staff OPTIONAL COURSE

April is Earth Action Month

Contact: Tracy Cummings, Office of Science

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22nd, we invite you to participate in a month-long Action for Earth. 

The NJDOE and the Office of Science challenge you to plan and share activities related to the four themed weeks that engage students to be better stewards of their bodies, their communities, and their planet, as they explore climate-related challenges and solutions. The four themed weeks are: 

  • Energy 
  • Food 
  • Waste 
  • Nature and Wellness 

You will find details about each theme and resources linked here. Let us collectively protect our planet.

2023-2024 Discretionary Funds

Contact: Maribel James, Human Resource Services

Dear Teachers, Nurses, and Academic Interventionists:

As per District policy, in order to be reimbursed in the amount of $150.00 for items that supplement and affect your work with pupils this school year, you will be providing your receipts to your location treasurer.

Please be guided by the Discretionary Fund Memo below:

Updated 2023-24 Climate and Culture Calendar

Contact: Stacy M Pelham-Hale, Office of Student Life

Please click the link to access the updated 2023-24 Culture and Climate Calendar. This revised calendar contains valuable resources that include interactive schoolwide and classroom activities to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islanders Month in May and Caribbean Heritage Month in June.

Elementary Basketball and Cheer Begins!

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!

Apply for Summer Programs 2024 Jobs on Frontline

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

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:

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.

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, 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:


NBOE in the News

Stay informed on everything happening within Newark Public Schools and the Newark Board of Education! Read up on all of the many ways the district is garnering media coverage. 

News Stories
Apr 16, 2024: South Ward Fun Day 2024

Press Releases
Apr 17, 2024: Louise A. Spencer School 8th Grader Wins National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award

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