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NBOE Teacher Talk - January 29, 2024

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

As a reminder, the National School Day of Non-Violence and Peace is tomorrow

Let’s celebrate Black History by recognizing, honoring, and celebrating Black voices and Black stories. The Office of Teaching and Learning invites you to the Black History Month Celebration on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Please see the event flyer for more information.

Have a great week of teaching and learning!

Superintendent León

Early Childhood Teachers
New Items

Pre-K Teacher Staff Development (New)

Contact: Mara Kaplan, Office of Early Childhood

The Office of Early Childhood is offering Professional Development for Teachers on February 1, 2024.

Pre-K Teachers will gain an understanding of the components of Oral Language and be able to recognize and implement explicit vocabulary instruction. This PD will take place at Chancellor Avenue School. Teachers should bring the following items:

  • New Jersey Teaching and Learning Standards book, and
  • a high-quality book that could be used for a repeated read-aloud.

Additional information including room assignments can be found here.


Pre-K Teacher Assistant Staff Development (New)

Contact: Mara Kaplan, Office of Early Childhood

The Office of Early Childhood is offering Professional Development for Teachers Assistants on February 1, 2024.

Pre-K Teacher Assistants will participate in virtual professional development to gain an understanding of promoting students’ engagement during small group activities by engaging in sustained, reciprocal interactions with students. Additional information including room assignments can be found here.

High School Teachers
New Items

Life Science Career Panel Opportunity (New)

Please see the flyer below for information on a panel discussion open to High School students, parents, and staff at Liberty Science Center (LSC) with North Jersey Industry Partnerships and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development:

This panel will be taking place at LSC on February 9th, 2024 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Please feel free to share this flyer with parents and students who wish to attend. Please note that food will be provided, and registration is required.

Additionally, the Partners in Science Summer Internship application is now open.

All Teachers
New Items

Safety Announcement for Car Safety (New)

Contact: Anthony Jackson, Office of Safety & Security

Parent University Spring 2024 (February - June Workshops) (New)

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 (New)

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

Certifications Updates (New)

Contact: Eboni Woolridge, Human Resource Services

Register for February 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. 

New Jersey Student Climate Challenge (New)

The New Jersey Student Climate Challenge is open to New Jersey public school students in grades 6 to 12. It is an innovative way for teachers to motivate their students to learn about climate change through a fun place-based project that aligns with the new Climate Change Education Student Learning Standards. 

Please click on the link below for more information:

All Teachers
Previous Items

Cycle 2 23-24 Report Card Timeline and Requirements - Teachers

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

All Cycle 2 grades and comments must be finalized in PowerTeacher Pro by the end of the school day on Monday, February 5th.

Use the Cycle 2 Report Card Timeline and Requirements document to prepare for the storing of Cycle 2 grades. All subjects should have a grade and/or comment. For subjects not assessed this cycle, include a comment that the student is not in the class this grading period. Grade changes after February 9th require a grade change form submission. If you have questions, please consult with your administrator(s).

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

Traditional Mentor Training

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

The next mentor training session for non-NTC mentors will be held on the February 1st Staff Development Day. The session will be conducted virtually from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and will focus on analyzing student learning. The February 1st session is intended for 1st and 2nd year mentors, but all mentors are welcome.

Please register for your session here:

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

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:

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:


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