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NBOE Teacher Talk March 13, 2023

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Message from Dr. Reilly

Good morning Faculty and Staff,

On a Thursday night in early March, I had the pleasure of viewing the Young Artist Exhibition featuring visual art by middle school students, along with drama and dance performances. A week later, All City Dance took place at Arts High School. This coming Thursday, All City Music will happen and at the end of March, the Teen Arts Festival will occur.

After the first two shows, I had a conversation with Margaret El, the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Office. In the first two performances, excellence was the norm, not the exception. I’m still marveling in my mind at the artwork created by two students from 14th Avenue School. The interplay of collage and water media stays with me. I thought surely the two dancers who opened the All City Dance performance had to be professionals. Their movements were so evocative, so fluid. I learned they were students from Malcolm X Shabazz High School. Both performances were thoughtful, beautiful, aesthetic, and a reminder of what it means to create great work.

Behind each of those performances were families and friends who supported the artists. And behind all, were excellent teachers who demonstrated what it means to uniformly hold high expectations for learners by teaching well. Maxine Greene in Releasing the Imagination wrote, “At the very least, participatory involvement with the many forms of art can enable us to see more in our experience, to hear more on normally unheard frequencies, to become conscious of what daily routines have obscured, what habit and convention have suppressed.” That's what great teaching does too. It awakens us from the ordinary. 

Witnessing our children creating inspires me to be a bit better at this work than I tried to be the day before. Thank you, teachers, principals, Ms. El, Katherine Brodhead, and Antonia Germanos for your commitment to the Arts and our artists.

Hope to see you all this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at Arts High School for the All City Music performance.

Dr. Reilly 



Optional Office Hours for Preschool Teachers

Contact: Marialana Juliano, Office of Early Childhood

The Office of Early Childhood will continue to offer Office Hours for Preschool Teachers every Monday through the end of May from 3:15pm-4:15 pm to support with lesson plans, Creative Curriculum, and Assessments. Please click the links below for the complete schedule and Webex link.



Staff Development on March 15th (New)

Contact: Jazleen Othman, Office of English Language Arts

Attention K-8 ELA Teachers: This document lists your reporting school for staff development day on  March 15th. All 4th and 5th grade ELA teachers who teach both ELA and Social Studies will attend the Social Studies Professional Development. 

Please come prepared with a device and headphones.


Foundations of Early Literacy (New)

Contact: Jazleen Othman, Office of English Language Arts

Please see the attached flyer regarding an opportunity for K-3 teachers. You will be able to dive into the meaning of foundational skills and their role in early literacy success.

Click here for more information.

Please register using this link.


Curriculum Survey (New)

Contact: Jazleen Othman, Office of English Language Arts

We would like to hear from you. Teachers please take a moment to complete this survey regarding ELA curriculum. 



Spring Break Session with Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

The Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center will hold their first “in person” Spring Session during the week of spring break. Tuition is free for Newark students.

2023 Spring Session is a 4-day music industry program for students ages 13-18 interested in exploring a career in music. Hosted at GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, students can apply for one of the two offered career tracks. The program concludes with a performance showcase for friends and family on the final day.

Registration and detailed information using this link:


2023 NBOE Junior College Fair!

Contact: Vernon Pullins Jr, Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life is excited to announce that we will host the annual NBOE Junior College Fair on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at the Prudential Center located at 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

If you have any questions, please contact Vernon Pullins, Jr., Supervisor of High School Guidance at



Observance of Ramadan (New)

As you know, Muslims observe Ramadan, which begins on Wednesday, March 22 and ends on Friday, April 21. In our continuing efforts to be mindful and respectful of everyone, attached for your convenience, is an infographic from the Superintendent.


2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference (New)

Contact: Paula Perrone, Office of the Deputy Superintendent

Deputy Superintendent Johnson is looking forward to celebrating with the current and aspiring NBOE women leaders at the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Note that the Pre-Conference In Person Networking Event on Friday, March 24, 2023 is open to a limited number of guests and it is first come, first serve.

Please see the flyer below and note that the registration window closes on Wednesday, March 15, 2023


Superintendent Council of Teachers (New)

Contact: Shamere Williams, Office of the Deputy Superintendent

Greetings NBOE Teachers,

The Superintendent Council of Meetings are scheduled throughout the year. As the 22-23 school year comes to a close, the Superintendent will be hosting a final meeting (in-person) as outlined below. Be sure to connect with your Principal for the list of teachers who should attend. 

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, May 10th from 8:30am-10:30am
  • Format: In-person at Harold Wilson (190 Muhammad Ali Ave.)
  • Attendees: 1 Elementary Teacher per grade span and 1 High School Teacher per grade


RethinkEd - SEL (New)

Contact: Mary Leigh Harvey, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

The RethinkEd platform is utilized by students, parents/guardians, and staff to foster social emotional learning, self-care, and wellness. Trainings continue for school counselors and school social workers focused on addressing the needs of students in relation to the 5 CASEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. 

The spring Student Self-Assessment/Check In will occur from April 17, 2023 - May 19, 2023 for grades 3-12.



Contact: Mary Leigh Harvey, Student Support Services - Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life is partnering with the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJHESAA) to assist members of the Class of 2023 and their parents/guardians to complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application (NJAFAA). The next workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish on May 10th via WebEx from 5pm-6pm. 

Please share the links below with students who have not completed the graduation requirement.

School Counselors are available to provide assistance.



Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

  • Please spread the word and post THIS FLYER in all of your social media platforms! Take advantage of our referral program and earn $1,000 for each teacher successfully hired in our district.
  • Date: March 25th
  • Audience: This job fair is designed for ALL Student Teachers in the state of NJ and across the nation. ALL student teachers are welcome!
  • Location: Science Park High School, 260 Norfolk St, Newark, NJ 07103. 
  • Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Registration link for Student Teachers – Registration is REQUIRED:


Are you mentoring a Student Teacher? (New)

Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

Please complete the Student Teacher Feedback Form for your Mentee using the link below.* Please note, this form is to only be completed by Cooperating Teachers who currently mentor a Student Teacher. Only one submission is required per Student Teacher. Thanks! 


New Teacher Induction April 4th, 2023 (New)

Contact: Dana Moore-Mishoe, Educator Effectiveness

The next New Teacher Induction sessions will take place on Tuesday, April 4th 4-6pm.  All teachers who are new to Newark (regardless of previous years of experience) are expected to attend at least 6 of the 10 monthly sessions that will be offered this year. One of the April 4th sessions will focus on How to develop 3 dimensional Science Tasks, led by the Office of Science. The meeting link and additional session descriptions can be found in the schedule linked here.


2nd Annual OSL Conference

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

On March 15, 2023, the Office of Student Life will host its 2nd Annual Conference from 8:00AM to 3:00PM. The conference will take place at Rutgers University- Paul Robeson Center (Newark campus) and provide invaluable workshops to student support staff. Please see the attachment for further details.



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

On Friday, March 10, 2023, school counselors and social worker 2's showcased SEL in their school communities, based on this year's theme: "Uplifting Hearts, Connecting Minds".

Counselors and social workers are to upload artifacts for their school to the link found in the attachment. All artifacts are to be submitted on or before March 15th, 2023.


Traditional Mentor Training

Contact: Dana Moore-Mishoe, Office of  Educator Effectiveness

The next mentor training session is scheduled for March 16, 2023. This session is intended for 1st or 2nd year mentors, although mentors of any experience are welcome to attend. We will focus on mentoring for equity. Please register here:


OSE Upcoming Events and Professional Development

Contact: Jennifer Lo Conti, Office of Special Education

March is dedicated to Social Workers Month. Be sure to shout out your Child Study Team Social Worker and Social Worker II.  

The Office of Special Education is offering Saturday professional development opportunities for general education teachers during the months of March and April. Please see the attachment for professional development training for general education and special education teachers.


Newark Board of Education Career Opportunities

Contact: Elizabeth Vizcaino, Human Resource Services

  • Are you looking for a different career opportunity within the Newark Board of Education? 
  • Do you want to use your skills and talents to enhance our district’s goals and partner with students so all learners can achieve their full potential?

We invite you to look at all of the fantastic opportunities the district offers at our Elementary Schools by reviewing this link: Welcome to Newark Board of Education!

For more information about our Schools, please visit this link:

If you have any questions, please contact


Register for Free Healing-Centered Engagement March/April Workshop Series for Educators

Contact: Margaret El, Office of Visual & Performing Arts

Are you an educator, youth development worker, teaching artist, or healthcare professional that serves youth in Newark? 

This special hands-on series, in its fourth year, will be led by trauma and arts specialists who will guide discussion about how trauma is defined and impacts our youth and ourselves. You will learn how arts strategies can promote resilience and create safer youth spaces. 

*Credits available for participants of the entire virtual series.  

  • March 29, 3-5pm 
  • March 31, 3-5pm 
  • April 4, 3-5:30pm 

Register here:


Enter the Peace Islands Institute 2023 Art and Essay Contest

Contact: Margaret El, Office of Visual & Performing Arts

Peace Islands Institute (PII) welcomes submissions for its 13th Annual Art & Essay (A&E) Contest. This year’s theme is “The Impact of Social Media on Peace-Building”.

The A&E Contest aims to: 

  1. Bring middle and high school students from around New Jersey together
  2. Promote awareness regarding issues of common concern among New Jersey youth
  3. Facilitate their personal and academic growth through a healthy competitive environment
  4. Inspire them to make positive change in their communities

For more information, please visit the Peace Islands Institute website:


Enter "Attendance Matters…Every School Day Counts” District-Wide Poster Contest

Contact: Margaret El, Office of Visual & Performing Arts

The Attendance Office is sponsoring an Attendance Poster Contest. Share information and support emerging artists schoolwide to enter this competition. April 4th is the due date. Criteria and judging rubrics attached.

Categories and Awards

  • Each school will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner plus two honorable mentions.
  • The school will forward the 1st and 2nd place winners to the District Attendance Poster Contest Committee for review and inclusion in the final stage of the contest
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place will be awarded at the High School and the Elementary School levels.



Parent University – Spring 2023!

Contact: Mariah Alston, Office of Federal Programs & Grants

Parent University is back for the Spring 2023 semester! Families can register to attend virtual, live workshops on various topics from February-May 2023, hosted by experts in their fields. Workshop topics this semester include: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Money Management, Stretching Food Dollars, Time Management, Goal Development, Portion Sizes & More!

Please print, share, post, and distribute the Parent University flyer and encourage families to explore all our website has to offer.

Parent University Website:

March 2023 Flyer:



Special Education Conference March 15th

Contact: Candice Wells, Office of Special Education

The Office of Special Education is excited to announce our first annual Special Education Conference on March 15, 2023 at Newark Vocational High School for Special Education Teachers and Child Study Team Members. Our theme for this year is “Building Bridges: Connected to Student Success”. At the various sessions, Special Education Teachers and Child Study Team Members will have an opportunity to discover the latest research, strategies, trends, and resources to support students with disabilities. Please register using the links below.  


High School Programs/Academies Transfer Fair Opportunity

Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

  • Are you looking for a different career opportunity within the Newark Board of Education? 
  • Do you want to use your skills and talents to enhance our district’s goals and partner with students so all learners can achieve their full potential?

We invite you to look at all of the fantastic opportunities the district offers at the high school level by reviewing this link: High School Programs - Academies: Transfer Fair Opportunity. For more information about our Academies, please visit this link:  


Fight the Winter Blues with Yoga!

Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants

We are excited to continue offering free yoga classes to all NBOE staff! Thanks to grant funding, the district has been able to partner with Newark Yoga Movement to provide free 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 attached flyer to register for the classes you would like to attend. For more information, contact


Rethink Ed’s Equity & Inclusion Professional Development Series

Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants

The Rethink Ed’s Equity & Inclusion Professional Development Series is now open for registration through Whetstone! The professional development series will cover 4 different topics and is open to all teachers and support staff from March 7th through March 30th (4PM to 5PM). Participants are eligible to receive their contractual supplemental pay thanks to grant funding. Please see the session descriptions and access the registration links in the attached flyer. For more information, contact


Hiring - GED Mathematics Teacher

Contact: Dr. Dorothy Handfield, Newark Evening Educational Center

Join the Newark Evening Educational Center (NEEC) Night Owl family!!!

NEEC is an adult learning program, within the NBOE. NEEC is currently hiring for a GED Mathematics Teacher. The candidate must be certified in mathematics and able to work virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm - 8:20 pm.  Candidates with middle school mathematics certifications are welcomed.  Please forward your resumes to Dr. Handfield (Principal) at  You may also contact Dr. Handfield if you have any questions. Thank you.


Health Starts Here: Healthy Actions 2023!

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Office of Benefit Services

Join NBOE-Well for the 2023 Healthy Actions Program!

If an employee obtains two (2) of any of the screenings listed below between January 1st, 2023 through December 31st, 2023*, they will earn a $50 gift card.

  • Annual Physical with lab work
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Immunization/vaccine (flu, H1N1, pneumococcal, hepatitis b, COVID)
  • Routine Dental cleaning
  • Routine Eye exam
  • Well woman/Pap smear
  • Mammogram
  • Prostate Exam

*Please note, if your screening(s) takes place between January 1st, 2023 and December 31st, 2023, you will need to obtain proof on Aetna’s website. 


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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 Mar 06, 2023: Superintendent León & Deputy Johnson Visit Wilson Avenue School for Dr. Seuss/Read Across AmericaMar 01, 2023: Social Work Awareness Month and School Social Work Week 2023 


NPS Mobile App! 

The district's NPS Mobile App is now available for download for both Apple iOS and Android. With this app you, can:

• Receive Push Notifications when there is inclement weather and school closings

• Track news feeds (powered by your school web site, Facebook and Twitter accounts) at the district and school level

• Look up commonly-sought information directly from the mobile app

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