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NBOE Teacher Talk - January 2, 2024

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a joyous and restful Winter Recess.

At the December Board meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution designating the National School Day of Non-Violence and Peace on January 30, 2024. As the District emphasizes the importance of non-violence and peace, you are encouraged to showcase the ways in which non-violence and peace are promoted and celebrated in your classroom.

Have a great week of teaching and learning!

Superintendent León

High School Teachers
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Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

RECORD HIGH, a contemporary music education program designed to prepare New Jersey high school students for a career in the music industry both on and off the stage, is partnering with the Devils Youth Foundation for the second annual scholarship program. Individual awards of $1,000 will be given to twelve high school seniors demonstrating notable talent in music, industry interest, technical support, and leadership roles within their local communities.

Teachers or music professionals with firsthand knowledge of the student’s abilities can submit applicants using this link:  

DEADLINE: January 31st


All Teachers
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Updates from the Office of Special Education (New)

Contact: Candice Wells, Office of Special Education

The Office of Special Education and The Office of English Language Arts are collaborating to purchase Fundations materials for grades K-1 and SIPPS materials for grades 4-8 (self-contained classes). In order to coordinate shipment of materials and to provide PD, special education teachers should complete the needs assessment (see attached).

Thank you to all schools that participated in Inclusive Schools Week. Check out all schools' participation by viewing the OSE Inclusive Schools Week Slidedeck 2023.

Please also see attached for upcoming PD Opportunities for teachers, paraprofessionals and CSTs.


Prudential’s Parent University Series – January 2024 (New)

Contact: Mariah Alston, Office of Federal Programs & Grants

We are excited to announce a new semester of Parent University, a system-wide learning program to provide resources, learning opportunities for ongoing parent and family involvement, and community engagement that supports student learning. This semester we are excited to share our new collaboration with Prudential.

Through June 2024, Prudential will host virtual financial workshops for families and staff. Each month will have a different area of focus. Registration is required.

Please share the flyer and encourage families to attend.

January 2024 Workshops:

A Trifecta of Illnesses on the Rise (New)

Contact: Shameekqa Warren, Office of Health Services

This school year, a trifecta of illnesses is on the rise:

  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • Influenza
  • COVID-19

These illnesses can be avoided or mediated with vaccinations. Vaccines are recommended for individuals aged six months and up and for those with underlying health conditions or compromised respiratory systems. Please discuss the appropriateness of these vaccinations with your primary care physician.

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NBOE and Montclair State University Leadership Pipeline Program Fall 2024

Contact: Matthew Brewster, Office of Staff Development

If you have been contemplating leadership opportunities within the NBOE and are eager to elevate your professional education and career, now is the perfect time to take action. 

Join us for a virtual information session on February 7 at 4:00 PM to learn how the Newark Board of Education and Montclair State University Leadership Pipeline Program is designed to equip educators like you with the skills, knowledge, and credentials necessary to thrive in leadership roles within the field of education in your school District. 

Please access the flyer to register:

New Teacher Induction

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

New Teacher Induction sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and Teachers should attend 6 of the 10 sessions offered during the School Year. Be sure to register for the next New Teacher Induction session taking place on Tuesday, January 9th  between 4-6pm. One of January’s sessions offered will be hosted by the Office of Bilingual Education and will focus on supporting the Multilingual Learner. The registration and meeting links for each month can be found in the induction schedule linked here:

Grant Program - Apply to Teach STEM Classes In Nonpublic Schools

Contact: Kathleen Tierney, Office of Science

The DOE has a grant program that remunerates public school teachers to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classes in nonpublic schools during hours in which the teacher has no conflicting public school duties. 

For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please click on the link below:

Monique Burr Foundation - Goya Cares

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

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children provides prevention education programs to empower and protect children from abuse, bullying, and other types of victimization. This evidence-based program is providing access to FREE lesson plans. 

The information is provided through their public website:

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, 1/9 - 3:20PM
  • 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:


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