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NBOE Teacher Talk - October 23, 2023

Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

As we reflect on our District's recent Professional Development Day, I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for your active participation and leadership.

Your commitment to these professional development days is a cornerstone of our collective work. It is through your engagement and leadership that we better foster a community of educators dedicated to growth, innovation, and excellence. 

Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (2006) wrote, “A learning organization is an organization that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future.” Our future must include increased academic achievement. It is by being a learning organization that we best create that future. 

As we move forward, let's continue to foster collaboration, intellectual curiosity, and innovation. I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of your dedication in our classrooms.

Dr. Reilly

Early Childhood Teachers
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ECERS and TPOT Assessments

Contact: Victoria Dampare, Office of Early Childhood

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.

High School Teachers
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Register to Attend the NJMEA Inaugural Student Conference 2023 at Rider University

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

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. 

Conference details:

Send any questions to Daniel Pasquale at

All Teachers
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NEWARK ENROLLS: All Schools Fair 2023 (New)

Contact: Elizabeth A Haden / Ivelisse Woodson, OPPET - Enrollment

The All Schools Fair will be held in person on Saturday, November 4, 2023!

The event will be held at Newark Vocational High School, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please mark your calendars:

Breakfast, refreshments, giveaways, and lots of school information for rising High School 9th graders, rising Kindergartners, and PreK students is expected to be shared with all families in the Newark community!!

Newark Enrolls 24-25 Application Window opens at 3 p.m. on November 4, 2023 and closes Friday, February 2, 2024.

NBOE Pre-College Fair (New)

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

The Office of Student Life will host a Pre-College Fair on November 14, 2023 at Central High School from 3:30-6:00 PM. This is an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn more about local pre-college programs and opportunities for Newark students.

Vendors include Rutgers, Kean, Essex County, W.E.B. Dubois Scholars, SEEDS, and others.

Students and parents can register here: NBOE Pre-College Fair Student Registration Form

Cycle 1 Report Card Timeline and Requirements (New)

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

All Cycle 1 grades and comments must be finalized in PowerTeacher Pro by the end of the school day on Thursday, November 16th.

Use the Cycle 1 Report Card Timeline and Requirements document to prepare for the storing of Cycle 1 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 this date require a grade change form submission. If you have questions, please consult with your administrator(s).

National Board Certification (New)

Contact: Herbert Daughtry, Office of Educator Effectiveness

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.

This license is designed to develop accomplished teachers and generate ongoing improvement for our students. Click the following link to learn more:

New Teacher Induction (New)

Contact: Herbert Daughtry, Office of Educator Effectiveness

Induction sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Be sure to register for the New Teacher Induction sessions that will take place on Tuesday, November 14th from 4-6pm.  November’s session will focus on reviewing an IEP and making connections to lesson planning. Teachers will learn about the various Special Education programs available at NBOE and their important role as the general education teacher. The registration, session options, and meeting links each month can be found in the induction schedule:


Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

Are you a new teacher with NBOE? If you were recently hired for the school year 2023-24, we invite you to complete this brief survey (less than 1 minute).

New teachers who complete this survey will enter a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate. Three winners will be selected at the end of November 2023 from the following categories: 

  • Early Childhood
  • K-8
  • High School 

Winners will be announced at the end of November 2023 for those who complete the survey. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

Certifications Updates (New)

Contact: Eboni Woolridge, Human Resource Services

Register for October & November Trainings and Virtual Office Hours by using the following link:

Urgent Request: Contact the Certifications team ( for the following:

  1. Provisional Program Selection - Note: Failure to provide a program will result in Provisional license and tenure delays
  2. All issued licenses within the 2023-2024 SY

Pathways Programs: All certification progress must be uploaded via Google Form:

Mentorship: All novice Provisional and Pathways employees should be paired with a mentor.

All Teachers
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Qualified Translators and Interpreters

Contact: Isabel Ruela-Fernandes and Pilar Veru, Office of Bilingual Education

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:

UPDATED Procedure: New Vendor for Translation and Interpretation Services

Contact: Adalis Alvarez-Craft, Office of Bilingual Education (OBE)

To use LanguageLine Solutions, please follow the UPDATED procedures outlined below.

On-Demand InterpretationPlease dial 844-234-2408 and select the required language. You will NOW be prompted to enter the school code. School codes can be found on the District List of Codes for Translation 2023-24. Users are also required to fill out the OBE Form for On-Demand Services for tracking.

Document translation request: Contact Katherine Lopes at for all document translation requests. Please ensure that at least 15 days are given to request written translation services.

Monthly Math Memo - October 2023

Contact: Amanda Grossi, Office of Mathematics

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:

Apply for School Garden Mini-Grant

Contact: Kathleen Tierney, Office of Science

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:

Enter the 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

The 2024 Scholastic Awards Are Open for Entries!

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!

OSE Professional Development and Upcoming Supports

Contact: Candice Wells, Office of Special Education

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).


Great News! CPR Training for All NBOE Staff

Contact: B. Helena Blackwell, Office of Health Services and Nursing

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.

Please register:


2023-2024 Trifecta of Illnesses

Contact: B. Helena Blackwell, Office of Health Services and Nursing

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.


National Celebrate Lacrosse Week Pick Up and Play

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:

PowerSchool Gradebook Categories

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

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

Contact: Jennifer Killeen, Office of Teaching and Learning

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:

  • 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

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

Health and Wellness Fair

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

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
  • SAVE
  • RethinkED
  • I'm So Yoga

Please share the flyer with the registration LINK with students and parents:

Register for Access to Education Week

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Teaching and Learning - Educational Technology

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:

We look forward to you using this great resource.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Teaching and Learning - Educational Technology

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.

Office of Educational Technology PD Sessions

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Office of Teaching and Learning

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:

We look forward to seeing you at our sessions.

I Believe in You & I Believe in My PLC FAQ

Contact: Barbara Evans, Office of Federal Programs & Grants

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:

SEL/Mental Health Programming and Initiatives

Contact: Mary Leigh Harvey, Office of Student Life

The link below contains Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health programming and initiatives offered by the Office of Student Life for the 2023-2024 school year:

Please see your school counselor or social worker 2 should you  have any questions.

Certifications Team Professional Development and Office Hours

Contact: Eboni Woolridge, Human Resource Services

To help support administrators and teachers, the Certification team will be hosting Virtual Office Hours and Professional Development through the month of October 2023.  

Register for the Professional Development and Virtual Office Hours by using the following link:

Be sure all of your Instructional, Educational Services, and/or Administrator certificates are current in NJ Ed Cert.

Contact the Certifications team if you are pending issuance of a Provisional or Standard license. The Certifications team can be reached via email at

Pathways Program Check-In

Contact: Justine Carter, Human Resource Services

Upcoming NEXT Pathways Program Check-Ins: 
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 3:20 pm

NBOE Office of Benefit Services Fall 2023 Newsletter

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Human Resource Services

See what is available to you below and where to find free coffee!

View the Fall 2023 newsletter video here, or download a copy here, Benefit Services Fall 2023 Newsletter.


  • Everyday Wellbeing (Diabetes, Cancer, Food Safety, and much more!)
  • New Hires Reminder: visit here!
  • Student Verification required for children, click here for more info.
  • “Back to School Week” at Yankee Stadium.
  • Want a $50 gift card? Check out 2023 Healthy Actions!  
  • Escrow: 10/11-month employees only.
  • Open Enrollment

Visit for the latest news!

Labor Relations Virtual Office Hours

Contact: Sweta Kawasaki, Human Resource Services

To help support Administrators (Principals, Vice-Principals, and Department Chairs) and Staff Members, Labor Relations is hosting Virtual Office Hours through September, October, & November.

Please register for these Virtual Office Hours.

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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