October 5th marked the annual World Teachers’ Day sponsored by UNESCO. In 2023, World Teachers’ Day celebrations focused on the theme, "The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.” It was a day to celebrate how teachers are transforming education but also to reflect on the support teachers need to fully deploy their talent and vocation, and to rethink the way ahead for the profession globally.
We wanted to pause and acknowledge all our teachers and affirm the critical and creative work you do.
We thank you for your leadership, creativity, and commitment to our students and schools.
The Office of Early Childhood will utilize the Early Screening Inventory-3 (ESI-3) for all new students, including 3-year-olds and 4-year-old students entering preschool for the first time. The initial screening period begins September 26, 2023, and will conclude on October 12, 2023.
The Office of Early Childhood would like to inform you that the Preschool Teacher Coach and PIRS Coach assigned to your school will be conducting Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS) and Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT) program quality and environmental assessments in your Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. These assessments will begin on Monday, October 23, 2023, and continue through Friday, March 15, 2024. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the supervisor who supports your location.
There is mandatory professional development for all music teachers who will teach recorder this year on October 11, 2023. Teachers must register for the RAMP program using the following link by October 1:
NJMEA Student Conference will involve sessions and performances for high school musicians to grow their musicianship and take another step into what it means to be a musician in today's world. The event will feature a keynote session by Dr. G. Preston Wilson.
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Location: Rider University
Space is limited; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Join the High School Mock Trial New Jersey State Bar Association for a free informational session about the program on October 17, 2023 from 10:00-11:30 am about how students can take part, who is eligible to participate, and the rules of competition. Former legal affairs reporters will share insights on covering the courts and offer tips and tricks that aspiring student journalists can use.
Click on the links below for more information, including how to register:
The attached list of Qualified Translators and Interpreters includes the names of the only individuals at each school who are authorized to provide translation or interpretation of school information. In the event of need for one of these services, please call on one of the listed individuals:
Document translation request: Contact Katherine Lopes at firstname.lastname@example.org for all document translation requests. Please ensure that at least 15 days are given to request written translation services.
We are excited to announce a new semester of Parent University, a system-wide learning program to provide resources, learning opportunities, and linkages for ongoing parent and family involvement and community engagement that supports student learning.
Please take a look at October 2023 using the link below, which has the dates, times, and linked flyers for each virtual workshop for October:
The Monthly Math Memo will be posted in the first Teacher Talk of each month. The purpose is to highlight the mathematics teaching and learning that occurs throughout Newark and to inform mathematics educators of professional learning and student opportunities:
The Newark Grows School Garden Mini-Grant Program could award up to $1500 towards your school's garden-based programming. The deadline to apply for this grant is October 31st. Please see the flyer below for more details:
Now is the time to enter the 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Teens in grades 7-12, ages 13 and up, can enter their original work in 28 categories of art and writing, which includes poetry, photography, short story, painting, and more! Educators can also create their accounts to help the creative teens in their lives participate in the 2024 Awards. Get started today!
October is a time to celebrate diverse abilities. See the attached to learn more about Learning Disability and Dyslexia Awareness Month & Physical Therapy Month. See attached list of October's OSE PD offerings. Please confirm with your principal first before registering in SchoolMint.
Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated in December. OSE would like all teachers and staff to share out their contributions to Inclusive Practices which occurs all year long. Take pictures of your collaboration or students engaged in building inclusive opportunities for all (more info forthcoming in next issue).
Social Emotional Learning- Rethink Scope and Sequence for Teachers (New)
Contact: Jessica Silva-Olmo, Student Support Services, Office of Student Life Email: email@example.com
RethinkEd continues to be the Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum for students in grades K-12. Attached, please find the Classroom lesson scope and sequence for teachers to utilize with students in the classroom. The curriculum is to be followed as outlined to meet goals as described in strategic plans, grant reporting on school usage, as well as a way to measure self-reported behavior assessment for students who are possibly in need of referrals. Reports will be shared in the near future for school usage. The Student Fall Self-Assessment is from 9/11-10/31.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is offering FREE CPR Classes. The goal is to train at least 5 staff members in total from each school (1-2 per school will be selected so as not to disrupt school operations).
Sessions are 1-3 PM and begin Friday 10/20.
Use the Google form below to sign up for your first, second, or third date choice. Seating is limited. We will try to accommodate your top two date preferences. Once you receive your registration confirmation, your date cannot be changed.
National Celebrate Lacrosse Week Pick Up and Play (New)
Urban Exposure (Newark, NJ) has been chosen again as one of many cities across the country to be one of the Host Sites for a National Celebrate Lacrosse Week Pick Up and Play location. This is a free event for all children, boys and girls under 14 years of age. The Pick Up and Play event is Sunday, November 11th at 11am at Rev. Jesse Allen Park - Turf Field.
Please see below for the flyer to be shared with students and families, one in English and one in Spanish:
In accordance with New Jersey State Legislature P.L. 2020, Chapter 27 and State of New Jersey Department of Education guidance, the Newark Board of Education will implement the Guidance for Emergency Remote Instruction during a District closure lasting more than three consecutive days due to a declared state of emergency, declared public health emergency, or a directive by the appropriate health agency or officer to institute a public health-related closure.
As shared by Superintendent León during this year’s Convocations, the Guidance for Emergency Remote Instruction 2023-2024 can be accessed from the District’s website:
Teachers and Instructional Staff, ensure that you have created virtual Webex classrooms so the links can be shared on the school’s website. Also, please be mindful that all students will need to have their Chromebooks at home if and when the Guidance for Emergency Remote Instruction is implemented.
Are you interested in taking your teaching portfolio to the next level?
The District is encouraging all teachers who have at least three years of teaching experience and a NJ teaching license in good standing to apply for the National Board Certification. This would be an opportunity to be recognized nationally and within our District as a Distinguished Professional Educator.
Be sure to register for the second New Teacher Induction session that will take place on Tuesday, October 10th beginning at 4 and ending at 6pm. Induction sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. October’s session will focus on strategies for educators to use educational technology effectively to support student learning in the classroom. The registration and meeting links for each month can be found in the induction schedule linked below.
The Summative Assessments and Formative Assessments categories have been delivered to all teachers’ gradebook. Assignments in any other categories will not count toward the student’s overall grade. Use the Inactivating Gradebook Categories document to view and edit your gradebook to make unused categories inactive.
Optimum and TelevisaUnivision Grades 6-12 Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest
Optimum and TelevisaUnivision invite middle and high school students to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In 500 words or less, students choose a person, group of people, or cultural experience (TV show, movie, music, app, event) that has helped them connect to Hispanic culture and what that means. For more information, follow this link: https://www.optimum.com/hispanic-heritage-month.
Grand Prize:$3,000 scholarship
Prize for 3 Finalists: iPad
Red Ribbon Week: October 23-31, 2023
Contact: LaTonya White, Office of Student Support Services - Office of Student Life Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Ribbon Week is a national drug prevention awareness campaign celebrated annually during the month of October. To commemorate this campaign, below is a packet of suggested activities and lessons for students during the week of October 23rd to 31st, 2023.
Student Assistance Coordinators, please see below for the Information Sheet. Members of your school IMPACT Team (administrators, counselors, social workers and nurses) may join the "Informational" Google classroom with this code: 3z6whmq, or by utilizing this LINK.
Contact: LaTonya White, Office of Student Support Services - Office of Student Life Email: email@example.com
The Office of Student Life SACs are partnering with Greater Essex Counseling to host a Health and Wellness Fair on October 25th, 2023 for NBOE parents and students. The event will take place at Newark Vocational High School from 3:30-6:30 PM. Some activities include:
Free dental and wellness screenings
Behavioral health resources
Drug prevention information
Nutrition facts and resources
Prizes and giveaways for students
Some community partners include:
Greater Essex Dental
I'm So Yoga
Please share the flyer with the registration LINK with students and parents:
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:
The Office of Benefit Services is thrilled to announce the first NBOE Well Health & Wellness Fair! The event is scheduled to take place on October 21st from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Rafael Hernandez. All benefit eligible employees are invited to participate in this event, no registration required! Click the link to download the NBOE Well Health & Wellness Fair 2023 Flyer for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!
Superintendent León has made providing professional learning resources a priority for educators and administrators. In an effort to support this priority, the District has purchased access to Education Week. Education Week is the #1 source of non-partisan, high-quality news, and insights covering the K-12 education sector. To create and access your online account please click on the attachment and follow the short steps:
Now through Friday, October 27th, teachers can submit applications for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition. Throughout the competition, applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology and supplies for their classroom!
Over the last 13 years of the Solve for Tomorrow competition, students have identified significant societal and environmental challenges, designing STEM-based solutions to address these challenges. For more details, including the contest rules and how to apply, please visit the competition page found here.
The Office of Educational Technology is excited to offer Professional Development Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting September 12th through December 14th. These voluntary one hour sessions will be offered virtually from 3:00-4:00p. Tuesdays will focus on Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Classroom and Thursdays will focus on Using Educational Strategies with our Academic Platforms. You can find more about the specific programs and sessions in the attached document, which includes dates and links to the sessions:
The Newark Board of Education is thrilled to provide the "I Believe in You” and “I Believe in My PLC" grants this year. To ensure clarity and transparency, a FAQ document has been prepared to address the grant approval process, final report expectations, and ordering clarification. This document will provide you with the necessary information to support your grant objectives:
The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
To support and encourage highly effective instruction, Teacher Talk synthesizes information and resources that will help NPS teachers meet the expectations of the framework for effective teaching. Please open the form with Firefox or Chrome in order to add attachments.