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NBOE Teacher Talk - September 25, 2023

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Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,
This year holds immense potential. As Superintendent Leon has said, this is a “Brand New Day”-- one we must seize.
This past summer, several hundred of you worked with directors and supervisors from the Office of Teaching and Learning to revise the curriculum.  You helped to ensure better timelines, the inclusion of lesson bridges between concepts to be taught and what students know, and revised tasks, texts, and lessons, including learning intentions and success criteria. Your work charts paths teachers and students will walk this year and we are grateful to you.
We know that what rests in teachers’ hands is a critical matter and that those hands are sturdy. Although changes have been made, you likely have found that the curriculum remains familiar. These new documents approved by the Newark Board of Education should guide your lesson planning. In addition to curriculum development, many of these master teachers also taught peers at the end of August. At that time, across the city, curriculum writers led many of the district’s professional development. This represents a critical next step in improving learning outcomes for our students. We look forward to welcoming teachers as instructors of teacher residencies. This is the place we have been heading to--one that privileges teachers in the development and articulation of teaching and learning.
We also wanted to acknowledge the awesome and statistically stunning achievement at every high school by eleventh-grade students on the NJPGA. Congratulations to the students, their teachers and principals, and Dr. Ortiz and her team. This achievement allows us to learn what worked, what can be replicated, what must be reinforced, what must be revised, and what learning designs can be applied to grades 3-9.  As we are readying for Saturday Academies beginning for 11th graders on December 2 and for elementary students on January 6, last year's success will inform this year's work.
First Lady Michelle Obama wrote in her memoir, Becoming, “There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.” 
Your voices and stories matter greatly, as does our collective capacity and willingness to know and hear others.

Dr. Reilly & The Office of Teaching and Learning


Early Childhood Teachers

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Early Screening Inventory-3 (New)

Contact: Victoria Dampare, Office of Early Childhood

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.

Please refer to the SY 2023-2024 Early Screening Inventory-3 Guidance and Timelines for required resources and further information.

ECERS and TPOT Assessments (New)

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.

New to Pre-K Optional After-School GOLD PD (New)

Contact: Mara Kaplan, Office of Early Childhood

On September 28, 2023, the Office of Early Childhood is providing optional after-school professional development from 3:30-5:30 pm for new Pre-K teachers on how to use the assessment cycle to support using data to drive instruction. The focus will be placed on gathering accurate data, assigning dimensions, and assessing the level to determine the next steps for students. This professional development supports Strategy 2.3 of the District’s strategic plan to implement a district-wide assessment system that is aligned with the curriculum and supports all learners. 

WebEx Link:

October 18 Pre-K Professional Development (New)

Contact: Mara Kaplan, Office of Early Childhood

On October 18, 2023, The Office of Early Childhood will be offering 3 Professional Development sessions.

  • All Pre-K teachers will be participating in a half-day session focused on Mathematical Reasoning that will build on the session provided in August on Mathematical Discourse.
  • All Pre-K Teacher Assistants will be participating in a virtual half-day session focused on Oral Language Development.
  • All Head Start Teachers and Teacher Assistants will participate in a required virtual session on Active Supervision.

Additional information with locations and links will be provided in the Professional Development Matrix.


Elementary School Teachers

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ELA Resources (New)

Contact: Jazleen Othman, English Language Arts

We would like to share the following resources with you as you continue to teach the phonics curriculum:

  • Grade 1: This document provides a checklist of the general practices as well as specific Learning Activity procedures. It is recommended that you use this as a self‐study guide as you are learning the Level 1 activities.
  • Grades 2 & 3: Refer to the SIPPS Guidance when placing students in entry levels.

Mandatory RAMP Training for Grades 3 and 4 Music Teachers (New)

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

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:

Elementary School Teachers

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Elementary / Middle School Counselors

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

Program Planning: Creating the Action Plan for Elementary/Middle School Counselors
Date: September 27, 2023 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Marion Bolden Student Center (230 Broadway, Newark, NJ 7104)


High School Teachers

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Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

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Description automatically generatedGlassRoots is excited to announce Fall Classes for Youth & Young Adults. Please share with interested high school students and recent graduates. Programs are FREE for NBOE students. Encourage participation in programs within our Newark Arts Community that enrich and support student creativity, knowledge, and skill building.

Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit (YES) Program:

Glassblowing Apprentice Program:

PRISM Club: A Teen LGBTQ+ Art-Making Collective:

High School Teachers

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Free Teacher Webinar – Student Courtroom News Reporter Competition

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:


All Teachers

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Guidance for Emergency Remote Instruction 2023-2024 (New)

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Description automatically generatedContact: Paula Perrone, Executive Assistant

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.

National Board Certification (New)

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Description automatically generatedContact: Herb Daughtry, Office of Educator Effectiveness

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.

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

Already have your Professional license? Contact Certifications today at

If you are having accessing issues, please contact Eboni Woolridge at

New Teacher Induction (New)

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Office of Educator Effectiveness

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.

Induction Schedule:

Tutor Coordinator Training (New)

Contact: Julianne Bello, Office of Extended Learning

Training for Tutor Coordinators (TCs) will be on Wednesday, 9/27 from 3:30-4:30pm

TCs will be provided with guidelines, including students lists, prior to this session.

In the meantime, Principals are recruiting the BEST teachers to serve as tutors. All certified teaching staff and non-certified school-based aides have been Board approved to tutor.

Details for the Training for Tutor Coordinators:


PowerSchool Gradebook Categories (New)

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

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Description automatically generatedThe 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 (New)

Contact: Jennifer Killeen, Office of Teaching and Learning

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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

Monthly Math Memo - September 2023 (New)

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:

OSE Invites Schools to Prepare for Inclusive Schools Week (New)

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Description automatically generatedContact: Candice Wells, The Office of Special Education

This year, Inclusive Schools Week will take place from December 4th to 8th. The theme this year is “Draw Me In”. The Office of Special Education (OSE) is collaborating with the Office of Visual and Performing Arts to engage in inclusive activities through the Arts. The activity will ask schools to consider how they can have all students engage in this year’s Inclusive Schools Theme. OSE will share more information on a monthly basis in order to help schools prepare for December's celebration. Please see your principal to express your interest.

OSE Upcoming Professional Development and School-Based Supports (New)

Contact: Candice Wells, The Office of Special Education

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Description automatically generatedThe Office of Special Education and Teaching and Learning have collaborated to provide Fundations and SIPPS materials for self-contained special education teachers (K to 2nd). See the attached to determine which materials are available at your school. Vizzle is a new supplemental program for the Au, ID, MD and MD/MI Programs. A Vizzle Overview will be provided during OSE Office Hours (see attached for details). Workshops planned for October include DLM PD for CSTs and teachers.  

See attached for all October OSE PD offerings (for CSTs, Teachers, and Paraprofessionals):

Red Ribbon Week: October 23-31, 2023 (New)

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

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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

Poster and PSA Contests for Red Ribbon Week (New)

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

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The Student Assistance Coordinators will conduct two student contests to kick off the Red Ribbon Week campaign, utilizing this year's theme, "Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free".

  • Poster Contest: Grades 6-8th
  • PSA Contest: Grades 9-12th

Please encourage student participation by the deadline of October 20, 2023. For more information, see the attached flyers:

Health and Wellness Fair (New)

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:

Empowering Educators: Unwind and Recharge with Yoga! (New)

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

Special Meeting with Superintendent Roger León:  9/29/23 (New)

Contact: Elizabeth Vizcaino, HRS - Recruitment

Attention Cooperating Teachers!

Superintendent León has invited all Clinical Interns to a virtual meeting on Friday, September 29, 2023, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

As a reminder, please share the attached flyer and registration link to all of your Student Teachers:

Please note once each individual completes their registration, the WebEx link will be sent to their email address. We ask that you encourage them to attend and share that participating in this event will be in their best interest.

We hope you can join the meeting as well!


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.  

Please contact with questions. 

  • Audience: This job fair is designed for high school teachers looking to join our District.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Barringer High School - 90 Parker Street, Newark, NJ 07104

Save the Date: 10/21 NBOE Well Health & Wellness Fair (New)

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Human Resource Services

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!

All Teachers

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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2024

Contact: Rochanda Jackson, Office of Policy, Planning, Evaluation, and Testing
Email: rjackson@NPS.K12.NJ.US

The New Jersey State Department of Education announced that the following schools have been selected to represent schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Hernandez, Barringer, Science Park, West Side, Peshine Avenue, Dr. William H. Horton, Lafayette Street, Oliver, and Ridge in Grades 4, 8, and 12 in the following subjects: Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

The NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of what students across the country know and can do in core subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education.


2024 NAEP School Factsheet

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.

New Procedures for Translation and Interpretation Services

Contact: Pilar Veru, Office of Bilingual Education

LanguageLine Solutions is the District's new vendor that supports District translation and interpretation needs. Please reference and follow the procedures outlined below when requesting interpretation/translation services.

On-Demand Interpretation: Please dial 844-234-2408 and select the required language. You are also required to fill out the OBE Form for On-Demand Services so that the Office of Bilingual Education (OBE) can keep track of the services being used.

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.

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:

Traditional Mentor Orientation

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

Mentor orientation and training will take place on October 4th at 4pm. Anyone serving as a mentor is required to attend. If you participate in New Teacher Center (NTC) training, you are not required to attend this training. 

Please register here:

Meeting information:

SY 23-24 Newark Board of Education Leadership Pipeline

Contact: Matthew Brewster, Office of Staff Development

Persons interested in the SY 23-24 Newark Board of Education Leadership Pipeline are encouraged to read the attached description and complete the interest link below no later than 9/26/23.

Description: SY-23-24-NBOE-Leadership-Pipeline.pdf
Leadership Pipeline Interest Form:

SY 23-24 Black Men Rising Coalition + Latino Men Rising Coalition

Contact: Matthew Brewster, Office of Staff Development

The District is intentionally building various pipelines to develop the next generation of leaders for our schools. To that end, if you are interested in the SY 23-24 Black Men Rising Coalition (BMRC) or the Latino Men Rising Coalition (LMRC), please complete the interest form below no later than 9/26/23.

BMRC + LMRC Interest Form:

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!

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.

Disciplinary Guide

Contact: Mary Leigh Harvey, Office of Student Life

The attachment contains the disciplinary guide:

Digital Citizenship Month

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Office of Teaching and Learning

This September, the Office of Educational Technology is celebrating Digital Citizenship Month. We will be providing activities, information, and more for you to share with students, staff, and families. 

Please click the link below to check out our Digital Citizenship Resource Guide for Educators and Families:

All of our students and families need to be exposed to this important information around online safety, being a good digital citizen, and more. Please have these discussions with your class as you are setting expectations for the coming school year.

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.

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.

Certification Team: Office Hours and Professional Development for September 2023

Contact: Eboni Woolridge, Human Resource Services

To help support administrators and teachers, the Certification team is hosting Virtual Office Hours and Professional Development through the month of September 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


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. 

Press ReleasesSep 19, 2023: Technology High School Receives Prestigious Recognition as a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School News StoriesSep 21, 2023: Paving the Way for ReadersSep 21, 2023: NBOE Introduces a New Transition Program Designed for Students with AutismSep 21, 2023: NBOE Experiences a Steady Increase in Multilingual Learner EnrollmentSep 21, 2023: Celebrating Student Artworks Featured During Newark Arts Festival 2023Sep 21, 2023: The Launch of Fall ‘23 Parent UniversitySep 21, 2023: Louise A. Spencer Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Intergenerational Community GardenSep 21, 2023: A Fresh Start: Schools Receiving Much-Designed UpgradesSep 21, 2023: Newark’s Energy Diamonds Sustainability Ambassadors Camp: An Unforgettable ExperienceSep 21, 2023: What NBOE Can Teach You About Overcoming the Teacher ShortageSep 21, 2023: Newark Continues to Lead the Way with PreSchool Expansion Across the DistrictSep 21, 2023: Newark Launches Student Driven Public Service Announcements: NPS CaresSep 21, 2023: NBOE Continues to Witness Positive Trends Across the CitySep 18, 2023: Newark Board of Education Showcases Healthy Back-to-School Lunch ProgramSep 18, 2023: Puerto Rican Day Parade 2023