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NBOE Teacher Talk - September 12, 2022

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Message From Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year.

Please join me in congratulating, University High School English teacher, Stephanie Bowles-Jones, on the publication of her novel this summer, Quilting a Legacy. Ms. Jones, we are so proud of you. Additionally, we would also like to congratulate Ann Street Vice Principal, Elaine Mendez, for her upcoming publication, The New Leader's Guide to Early Childhood Settings: Making an Impact in PreK-3. Thank you for contributing to the scholarship in this field. 

The excellence that Ms. Bowles-Jones and Ms. Mendez demonstrate, exemplify the kind of educator whose talents inform their teaching and leading. It is in similar spirits that the I Believe in You Grant and I Believe in My PLC Grant originate. These grants ask for both individuals and teams to ensure students are deep thinkers and problem solvers. The 2022-2023 grants are now available.

We encourage all to apply. 

Together, let’s make this year remarkable!

-Dr. Reilly



Register for the Panasonic Student Eco-Citizenship Program (New) 

Contact: Kathleen Tierney, Office of Science

Registration is now open for the Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Program for teachers of students in grades 5-8.   The program is standards-aligned and provides free lessons and resources.  Students are challenged with defining environmental issues, creating actions to solve them, and then applying the actions in their community.  More information can be found at


Writing Competition for HS Students (New) 

Contact: Jazleen Othman, Office of Teaching & Learning

The Newark Public Library and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center are hosting a City-wide writing contest for high school aged youth living in Newark.  Entries may be in the form of real memories, personal essays, or fictional short stories about a student's experience living in Newark.


Opt Out Release of Student Information (New) 

Contact: Vernon Pullins Jr., OSL/Student Support Services

Dear HS Counselors,

Re: Opt Out Release of Student Information to Military, College Recruiters or Prospective Employers

Please see attached instructions for Release of Student Information (a link is included to each school's Google Drive file and helpful instructions), the release form and a list of OSL School Liaisons for 2022-2023. Also, attached you will find a blank Microsoft Word form for your immediate use.

Upload requested information to your school's Google Drive by Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Thank you.


NBOE/Rutgers Newark FAFSA with Friends -- Financial Aid Sessions (New) 

Contact: Vernon Pullins Jr., OSL/Student Support Services

NBOE and Rutgers-Newark invites all 2023 High School Seniors, Families, and School Counselor to join us to learn more about:

  • The FAFSA application process
  • Information needed to file the FAFSA
  • Valuable financial aid info and deadlines
  • Our RU-N to the TOP Financial Aid Scholarship


September 27th: FAFSA Information night for families at Science Park HS at 5:00pm
September 28th: NJ AFAA and HESAA Information session for families at Central HS at 5:00pm
September 29th: FAFSA Information night for families at University HS at 5:00pm

See attached flyer.


Communities in Schools Comes to Newark NJ! (New) 

Contact: Carolyn Granato, Office of Student Support Services

Communities in Schools (CIS), a non-profit organization currently serving 2,900+ schools and community sites, will be coming to Newark, NJ.  CIS  utilizes an evidence-based model that connects students to community resources and services transforming how they see and experience the world around them. This model serves as a lifelong resource they can turn to no matter where they are in their journey. Beginning in February of 2023, Communities in Schools will be partnering with Chancellor Avenue, Luis Muñoz Marín, Quitman Street, Speedway Avenue, and South Street.


SEL/Mental Health Programming Supports SY 22-23 (New) 

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

Attached is an informational resource on the NBOE SEL/Mental Health Programming Supports being delivered for the 2022-2023 school year.  As you move forward through the school year, should you have questions and/or need support, you may contact our office.


NBOE Wellness Programs (New)

Contact: Dr. Yolanda Méndez, Human Resource Services

The Benefits Services NBOE Well initiative, in partnership with Aetna, proudly provides access to behavioral/mental health services through AbleTo/Teladoc, access to gyms and fitness studios through Peerfit, and we’ve teamed up with Noom to help you achieve your weight loss and overall health goals. 

In addition, we provide robust EAP services through Charles Nechtem to help manage work/life problems and achieve a healthy work/life balance. 

Our mission: empowering you with the tools and resources to Know More. Choose Better. Live Well.
Click Here: NBOE Wellness Programs


Teacher Grants, Student Contests, and Revolutionary War Resources (New)

The New Jersey Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NJSSAR) provides several grants and contests open to all educators and students. Deadlines include:

  1. History Teacher of the Year Grants – December 1, 2022
  2. High School Essay Contest – December 5, 2022
  3. Middle School Brochure Contest – December 19, 2022
  4. High School Oration Contest – January 31, 2023
  5. Elementary School Poster Contest – March 15, 2023

Also, New Jersey is the "Crossroads of the Revolution''. More battles and skirmishes happened here than in any other state. We live in an open classroom. The NJSSAR is ready to help educators share the rich history of our state during the founding era. We can start with "Rev War in a Box".  Partnering with Washington Crossing Historic Park (WCHP), NJSSAR is proud to present WCHP's teacher-created materials. These educational resources interpret the ongoing impact of the American Revolution on world history for today’s citizens and future generations and are designed to support further exploration. WCHP offers “Camp-in-a-Box” and "History Chests" for hands-on learning with theme classroom lessons. These can be rented and picked up from WCHP or delivered to your school by a member of the NJSSAR Color Guard in 18th Century uniform of the 3rd NJ Regiment. Some resources are available at no cost for schools receiving Title I funding.

Finally, they have a gratis service to consult with educators to find speakers, living historians, and authors about the American Revolution and to facilitate tours and lectures at New Jersey's many revolutionary war sites. Requests can be made at this link:

For more information, visit


Vision Screenings and Glasses (New)

Contact: Dr. Leuze, Health Services

Two providers, Vision to Learn and Helen Keller International, will be supporting students with vision screening and the provision of prescription glasses as needed.

Vision to Learn will be evaluating students from PK 3 to 3rd grade at Ann Street, Avon Avenue, Dr. William H. Horton, First Avenue, Benjamin Franklin, Hawkins Street School, Hawthorne Avenue, Ivy Hill Elementary School, Lafayette Street, Luis Muñoz Marín Elementary School, Ridge Street Elementary School, Roberto Clemente Elementary School, South Street Elementary School, and Wilson Avenue Elementary Street School.

Helen Keller International will provide screening and prescription glasses as needed to 1000 10th and 12th Grade students, sites to be determined. Helen Keller International will also perform vision screening and provide prescription glasses to 4000 4th to 8th-grade students at Avon Avenue Elementary, Dr. William H. Horton, First Avenue Elementary School, Hawkins Avenue Elementary School, Hawthorne Avenue Elementary School, Ivy Hill Elementary School, Luis Muñoz Marín Elementary School, and Ridge Street Elementary School.



Earn $1,000 for each teacher referral! (New)

Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

Earn $1,000 for each candidate successfully hired in hard-to-staff areas!

How It Works

  1. Visit and complete the form for each candidate you refer.
  2. Tell the candidate to apply online at Ask the candidate you’re referring, to include your name in response to the question “How did you learn about this position?”
  3. For each referral we hire for the start of the 2022-23 school year, you receive a bonus. It’s that easy!

Still have questions? Send an email to for more information.


New NJDOE Teacher Certification Portal (New)

Contact: Liz Taylor, Human Resource Services

The NJ Department Of Education no longer uses TCIS. The new portal is NJ Ed Cert.

Please make sure all of your Instructional, Educational Services and/or Administrator certificates are current.  The Certifications team can be reached via email at  to answer your certification questions.  You can also contact Ms. Taylor at ext.7251.


New Teacher Induction (New)

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

The first New Teacher Induction session will take place on Tuesday, September 13th - 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. September’s session will focus on developing your understanding of the Framework for Effective Teaching and the district evaluation and coaching policies.

The meeting link can be found in the schedule linked here: -

 Please register for the September session below:

 Registration -


2022-2023 Payroll Calendars (New)

Contact: Dimple Patel, Human Resource Services

Welcome to the new school year! Please be guided by the attached new Payroll Calendar for SY 2022-2023, as well as Supplemental Pay Schedule. 


NBOE Grading Policy - SIS Implementation (New)

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

The updated NBOE grading policy calls for two grade categories: Summative and Formative Assessments. These categories are delivered district wide to every PowerTeacher gradebook. The policy calls for all grades to be calculated using a GPA point scale. PowerTeacher now averages all grades on a scale proportional to the 4 point GPA scale. The Uniform Grading Policy - SIS Implementation document provides more detail.


Inactivating Gradebook Categories (New)

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

NBOE updated the grading guidelines and now uses two categories of assignments to determine a student’s grade: Summative Assessments and Formative Assessments. These two categories have been delivered to all teachers’ gradebook. If other categories are used for assignments in PowerTeacher Pro, the assignments will not count for the student’s overall grade. All categories should be made inactive except for the two categories that are district wide categories in all gradebooks. Use the Inactivating Gradebook Categories document to view and edit your gradebook categories as needed.


SY 22-23 Leadership Pipelines (New)

Contact: Genell Jackson-Lampley, Office of Staff Development

Priority 4.3

The district is intentionally building various pipelines to develop the next generation of leaders for our schools. Our district-wide pipelines are designed to develop and produce cohorts of school leaders who can improve teaching, learning and student achievement in our schools.

If you are interested, please complete the appropriate form linked below no later than Friday, September 30, 2022. Both links may lead candidates to apply for a Master’s in Educational Leadership program at Montclair State University.

Leadership Pipeline SY 22-23



2022-2023 Educational Technology Office Hours (New)

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Office of Educational Technology

The Office of Educational Technology will have virtual office hours every Monday from 3:00p-3:45p. This will allow educators to drop in, receive a quick training on an educational technology strategy or platform and to ask questions to help them better use technology in their classroom.

To join office hours, please use this link:

We look forward to seeing you there.



The Office of Special Education (New)

Contact: Candice Wells, The Office of Special Education

  • The Office of Special Education is introducing the Vector Solutions Library of digital PD modules for paraprofessionals.  The initial rollout will provide access to all permanent paraprofessionals.
  • The Office of Special Education also includes the monthly professional development and coaching sessions that are available to various OSE programs.
  • Please see attached for additional information including PD opportunities for teachers and/or CSTs
  • The DLM IE Fall assessment starts soon for our students whose IEPs references DLM.  Please see Assessment Reminders for students with disabilities.

Attached flyer:


Guidance Video for Using Whetstone

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

Please use the following link to gain access to the guidance video on how to use and navigate the Whetstone/Schoolmint Grow system.

Once you have submitted the form, the link to the video will appear on the following screen. There will also be office hours for any questions on Wednesday, August 31st. See the staff development matrix for links to those sessions.


Certification Team Office Hours 

Contact: Eboni Lee, Human Resource Services

To help support the transition of administrators and teachers, the Certifications team will be relaunching their Virtual Office Hours and beginning a Professional Development series on “Everything Certifications”.

Please register for these events:

  1. Virtual Office Hours: September 16th - 3:30PM-4:30PM
  2. Virtual Office Hours: September 22nd - 3:30PM-4:30PM
  3. Virtual Office Hours: September 28th - 3:30PM-4:30PM
  4. Professional Development: What is the difference between a Certificate of Eligibility and Certification of Eligibility with Advanced Standing? September 30th - 3:30PM-4:30PM

Use the link below to register for the events.


Helpful Links from the ELA Department 

Contact: Lisa Trobaugh, Office of ELA

The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to welcome you to the 2022/2023 school year!

Please see below to access a few helpful links to start the school year.

The Office of ELA Office Hours

The Writing Revolution Cohort Training Registration Links

NBOE ELA Grades K-12 Curricula


Disciplinary Guide 

Contact: Mary Garripoli, Office of Student Life

The attachment contains the revised Disciplinary Guidebook.


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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 StoriesSep 06, 2022: Back-to-school: From 600 new teachers, to masks returning — here’s a look at the new school year in NewarkSep 02, 2022: Eyewitness News Sits Down with Newark Superintendent Ahead of New School YearAug 29, 2022: New Chromebook Distribution Formula Will Lead to Student OwnershipAug 29, 2022: Families: Connecting Home and SchoolAug 29, 2022: Finance: Successful Close of 2021-2022 Fiscal YearAug 29, 2022: Facilities: Summer Projects 2022Aug 29, 2022: Football Teams Return to CampsAug 29, 2022: NBOE Summer Arts and AileyCamp NewarkAug 29, 2022: English Plus Summer Enrichment Highlights!Aug 29, 2022: ESY (Extended School Year Program) 2022Aug 29, 2022: Student Development in SEL and College ReadinessAug 29, 2022: Implementing Curriculum & Raising AchievementAug 29, 2022: Summer Programs 2022 

Press Releases

Sep 06, 2022: The First Day of School in NewarkSep 06, 2022: Superintendent León Welcomes District Staff at Convocation 2022Aug 31, 2022: Newark Board of Education Welcomes Over 600 New Teachers 


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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