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NBOE Teacher Talk - February 12, 2024

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

With the purpose of ensuring aligned systems and supporting reciprocal partnerships, District staff have connected with families about Marking Period 2 Report Cards and Parent/Teacher Conferences through an extension of the Give Me 5 Campaign. We look forward to a strong parent turnout at Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, February 15, 2024. As you know, parental and family involvement are key levers for student success. We thank you for partnering with parents and engaging them in your classroom and school community, as you nurture these important relationships.

Have a great week of teaching and learning!

Superintendent León

Elementary School Teachers
New Items

Mandatory Summer School Enrollment Message (New)

Contact: Matt Brewster, Staff Development

Elementary Teachers: Please be advised that on Friday, 2/16/24, we will be emailing the parents of students who meet the Mandatory Summer School criteria informing them that their child(ren) could be enrolled in that program and they should plan accordingly. You should prepare to make them aware of this fact at this week’s Parent/Teacher Conference as you will assist your Principals in confirming the final list of names in the early Spring.

High School Teachers
New Items

Enter the Your Song! Your Voice! Music Contest 2024 (New)

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
New Items

Love in Every Heart: Recognizing Our Schools’ Incredible Families (New)

Contact: Barbara Evans, Office of Federal Programs & Grants

Let's celebrate families and the 100th day of school! 

Join us in spreading love by writing on colored hearts as to why we appreciate the families at our schools. The aim is to gather at least 100 hearts, provided by the parent liaison, to create a vibrant bulletin board in each school.

Capture the love with photographs of the bulletin board and upload them to the photo folder. Label all submissions with your school name. Submit all photos by February 26, 2024. Let's make this a heartwarming celebration for all.

3rd Annual OSL Annual Conference (New)

Contact: Jessica Silva-Olmo, Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life is proud to announce their 3rd Annual Conference: Maximizing Your Capacity to Support Students.

All OSL support staff will directly be sent a link to register for the event and sessions they will attend. They are expected to register and attend this mandatory PD.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
Location: Saint Elizabeth University
Audience: All School Counselors and Social Worker 2s

Become a Certified Babysitting Instructor! (New)

Contact: Dr. Julianne Bello, Office of Teaching and Learning

The Office of Extended Learning seeks teachers interested in becoming Red Cross certified instructors to deliver our upcoming Babysitting course for middle school students. This paid 8-hour training will occur in late March/early April. Those completing the course would be eligible to provide instruction during summer programs and within Excel programs beginning in September. Please contact Dr. Julianne Bello ( for more information.

Interested in TESL/Bilingual Certification? (New)

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 (New)

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.

Essex County Teen Arts Festival (New)

The Essex County Teen Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2024. All Essex County teens ages 13-19 are invited to experience professional critiques in both visual and performing arts. This year’s theme is “Break the Mold!”

Please see the flyer for additional details:

All Teachers
Previous Items

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.


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

2023 W-2 Forms

Contact: Randy Schrader, Human Resource Services

As of 1/29/2024, all 2023 W-2 forms have been mailed.
If you do not want to wait for it to come in the mail or you consented to online only W-2 distribution, you can access and download your W-2 anytime by clicking on the “W-2/W-2c Forms” tile in Employee Self Service.
If you have questions or need additional information, please email the Payroll Team 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

SAC Information Sheet

Contact: Rania Sawaged, Office of Student Life

IMPACT Team members (administrators, counselors, social workers and nurses):

Please see the quarterly SAC information sheet for December-February:

As a reminder, members of your school IMPACT Team may join the "Informational" Google classroom with this code: 3z6whmq, or by utilizing this LINK to stay informed and communicate effectively with your assigned SLT SAC.

New Teacher Induction

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

New Teacher Induction sessions are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Teachers should attend 6 of the 10 sessions during the school year.

Be sure to register for the next session taking place on Tuesday, February 13th between 4-6pm. One of February's sessions offered will be hosted by the Office of Special Education and will focus on connecting accommodations or modifications to lesson planning and supporting students in a least restrictive environment.

The registration and meeting links for each month are linked below:

Induction Schedule

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

Contact: Justine Carter, Human Resource Services

If you are interested in transferring to one of our AMAZING schools, please visit Frontline between April 8th and April 19th to apply and express your interest. Hiring managers will review, and if your transfer is approved by all parties, notifications will be provided by HRS.

Check out the fantastic opportunities at the elementary and high school level by reviewing the following links:

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

Montclair State University (MSU) Bilingual/ESL Program Update

Contact: Eboni Woolridge, Human Resource Services

Please be advised of the following criteria before nominating an employee to participate in the MSU Bilingual/ESL Program:

  1. The employee must possess a Standard or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) NJ teaching license.
  2. For Certificate of Eligibility (CE) or LImited CE holders, they must have completed one year of a  NJDOE approved Provisional Teaching - Alternate Route program.

For more information, please contact

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, 2/13 - 3:20PM
  • 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.

Mental Health Resources for Staff

Contact: Samantha Parreiral, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

Please find attached Mental Health Resources for staff. This document contains a list of different mental health directories that can be used to support the mental health of employees who are in need. The providers listed on this page are all able to be filtered by a variety of factors, including type of concern, gender, language, location, insurance, private pay, teletherapy or in-person, etc.

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:

Safety Announcement for Car Safety

Contact: Anthony Jackson, Office of Safety & Security


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