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Teacher Talk - January 17, 2023


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Message From Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Staff,

Superintendent León envisioned a system of experiences for each child that extended learning. The goal of these extended classroom experiences is for students to deepen learning. Three extended classroom experiences for all students have been designed. You are the bridge between the learning in the classroom and the field. The matrix that outlines these experiences by grade level can be found here.

Upcoming Event: 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

Deputy Superintendent Johnson is excited to share that she will be hosting the second annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, March 24 - Saturday, March 25, 2023. This conference is open to current and aspiring women leaders throughout our district. Please review the Women’s Leadership Conference Flyer and note that more details will be shared soon.

Dr. Reilly 



Pre-K Literacy and Mathematics Assessment (New)

Contact: Mara Kaplan, Office of Early Childhood

The Office of Early Childhood developed the Pre-K Literacy and Mathematics Assessment which is inclusive of 8 individual tasks that are completed in Fall, Winter, and Summer. These assessments support teachers, administrators, and district leaders in understanding how students are progressing to inform instruction and district wide initiatives.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Winter Assessment ends January 17, 2023
  • Class Score Sheets are shared with Administrators and Teacher Coach by January 24, 2023
  • Individual score reports are added to GOLD and placed in Assessment Folders by January 31, 2023


Optional Office Hours for Preschool Teachers

Contact: KeLee Brown, Office of Early Childhood

The Office of Early Childhood is offering Office Hours for Preschool teachers to support with lesson plans and Creative Curriculum and Assessment. Please click the link below to the schedule and Webex, and note the hours are from 3:15PM-4:15PM.


Pre-K Learning Environment Expectations Checklist

Contact: Mara Kaplan, Office of Early CHildhood

The Office of Early Childhood has created the Learning Environment Expectations Checklist to support teachers and administrators in understanding the expectations of a Pre-K classroom in alignment with Academic Walkthrough Protocol. The purpose of this document is to ensure consistency across all Pre-K classrooms as we continue to focus on Priority 2 of The Next Decade. The intention is to pause at the mid-year point and check to see how many elements are present and discuss what supports are needed to ensure that the checklist items are in use in the classroom. 

Please reach out to your OEC Teacher Coach if you want to discuss how you can use this document to support your classroom.



Academic Conferences (New)

Contact: LaTonya White, Office of Student Life

Elementary/Middle School Counselors must complete Quarter 2 Academic Conferences no later than February 8, 2023. Academic Conferences consist of:

  • One on one conferencing with all students having one or more low/poor grades (D,F).
  • Documented engagement with teachers.
  • Collaborative meetings with parents (virtual, in-person, phone)
  • Recommended interventions and "by-when" dates.

All documents should be uploaded to the appropriate Google Classroom Assignment folder.


K-5 Classroom Libraries: All K-5 Classroom Teachers

Contact: Heather Lieberman, Office of ELA

The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to share that all K-5 classrooms across the district will be receiving libraries made up of 300 books. All genres and content areas are represented through a carefully cultivated collection of inclusive and culturally responsive books. We are excited for students to have access to these wonderful books. These books are set to arrive in January. Please see the attached document for more information.


ELA Make & Take Workshops

Contact: Lisa Trobaugh, Office of ELA

We are pleased to offer another set of ELA Make and Take workshops for K-8 teachers. Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to sign up if you are interested.



Recruit Students for GlassRoots YES or Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (New)

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts

GlassRoots is recruiting students for their afterschool high school program, Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit (YES). See the flyer below. It's on Wednesdays and it's free! Please share with any interested high school student. Program is highly recommended.

Positions still available using this link:

Webpage with the information:



Special Announcement from the NAACP Newark (New)

Contact: Jazleen Othman, Office of Teaching & Learning

The Newark Branch of the NAACP  (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) honors the teaching of Black history. We believe it is important to uplift the teaching of Black history not only in schools but also in community-based educational settings.

The Branch will honor up to three educators at our 2023 Black History Month Program where they will each present what they do in their classrooms and receive a special gift. We invite educators to submit evidence of ONE way that they incorporate Black history into their curriculums.

Submissions are being accepted Jan. 12 - Feb. 7. More details about eligibility and submission requirements can be found here:

We encourage you to apply!


Paperless W-2 Form Option (New)

Contact: Dimple Patel, Human Resource Services

This year, NBOE Payroll is offering the option to skip the mailed W-2, in favor of online access only through Employee Self Service. Attached are guidelines on how to go paperless. W-2 Consent Guidelines.docx

Please note the Office of  Payroll will mail your W-2 by January 31, 2023.


Cycle 2 Report Card Timeline (New)

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

All Cycle 2 grades and comments must be finalized in PowerTeacher Pro by the end of the school day on Wednesday, February 8th. Gradebooks will be locked at close of business day on Thursday, February 9th.

Please use the Cycle 2 Report Card Timeline to prepare for the storing of Cycle 2 grades. Grade changes after this date require a grade change form submission to your administrator. If you have questions or concerns, please consult with your administrator(s) and/or PowerSchool clerk.


Teachers Needed for HS Entrance Exam (New)

Contact: Lydia Alvarez, OPPET

If you are interested in working the high school exam that will be administered on Saturday 2/11 and 2/18 we ask that you register  below.  Training dates are as follows: 2/2, 2/3, and 2/9 are mandatory training date for all those that will be administering the assessment. (Test administrators and proctors)




Contact: Matthew Brewster, Staff Development

The Office of Staff Development would like to present the Newark/Montclair State University's Educational Leadership Program. This results-oriented, practice-driven program guides aspiring leaders to transform their passion for education into extraordinary achievements for schools and student learning. The program integrates a variety of instructional delivery models with extensive and intensive fieldwork to develop accomplished strategic leaders in schools, school systems, and educational organizations.

Please share the flyer below with identified aspiring leaders in your building and have them register for the upcoming webinar: Thursday, February 23 @ 4:00PM.




Virtual Hiring Fair - for External Certified Teachers

Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

Please spread the word by sharing this flyer: Instructional flyer, and get an opportunity to earn a $1,000 bonus for EACH successful applicant hired. For more information, please refer to:

Thank you!


Join the "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics" Teacher Residency

Contact: Amanda Grossi, Office of Mathematics

The NBOE Office of Mathematics is facilitating a ten-week teacher residency focused on transforming mathematics classrooms to foster student thinking. The paid residency will occur each Wednesday afternoon from 3:15-5:15 pm beginning February 8 and ending April 19, with three in-person sessions and seven virtual sessions. Peter Liljedahl’s Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics will be provided to residency participants. Teachers should indicate their interest here by January 27 and can find more information here.


Share NJPAC Spring Saturday Classes with Students and Families

Contact: Margaret El, Office of Visual & Performing Arts

Ages: 9-18

  • Acting: 10AM–3PM. Bring your actor’s tools of body, voice and imagination to rehearsals for Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play.
  • Musical Theater: 10AM–3PM. Learn the fundamentals of musical theater as you rehearse for Raise Your Voice, a Broadway Junior musical.
  • Hip Hop: 10AM–3PM. Offers a deep dive into music production, choreography and technique, emceeing and hip hop’s rich history.

Ages: 13 - 18

  • Jazz for Teens: 10AM–5PM. Comprehensive and sequential jazz education program develops well-rounded young performers.


Enter to win the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest

Contact: Margaret El, Office of Visual & Performing Arts

The Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest is designed to inspire creativity in youth, ages 4-15, and help them imagine the future of mobility. Nine U.S. art contest winners are selected each year: the top three in three age categories (4-7 years; 8-11 years; and 12-15 years). There are three judging criteria for the artwork: execution, uniqueness, and artistry. For contest rules, artwork criteria and entry guidelines use this link:


NEW Maven Family Forming Benefit Coming 1/1/23!

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Office of Benefit Services

All employees enrolled in an Aetna medical plan, along with their partners, will have free, unlimited access to the Maven digital healthcare platform to help navigate preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. This includes support of your journey whether it is for fertility treatment, IVF, IUI and egg freezing; adoption; surrogacy; and returning to work after parental leave. 

For more information, visit After 1/1/23, you will also be to visit


NEW! Brightline Pediatric Behavioral Health Benefit

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Office of Benefit Services

Beginning on January 1, 2023, employees with children enrolled in an Aetna medical plan will have access to this benefit for their children and teens. Personalized coverage includes:

  • Connect+: On-the-go access to content, group classes, interactive exercises, and chat with coaches.
  • Coaching: Help from behavioral health experts in as few as four sessions.
  • Care: Behavioral therapy, medication evaluation, and support from licensed clinicians.

For more information, visit  After January 1, 2023, sign up at To contact Member Support, call 1-888-224-7332 or email


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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. 

Press Releases
 Jan 11, 2023: AeroFarms Launches 9 New Community Farms to Provide Additional 2 Tons of Fresh Food Access to 4,500+ Local Students
Jan 11, 2023: Newark Public High School Leadership Team and Devils Youth Foundation Partner to Fight Chronic Absenteeism at SchoolDec 23, 2022: Newark Public Schools Enrollment Continues to Increase



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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