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Teacher Talk - November 7, 2022

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Message From Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Staff, 

A few of us in Teaching and Learning are reading Choosing to See: A Framework for Equity in the Math Classroom by Pamela Seda and Kendall Brown. Early in the text the authors write:

“Traditional classrooms reinforce the idea that the teacher is the arbiter of knowledge who dispenses to those who dutifully follow their instructions. The culturally relevant teacher, however, does not view knowledge as static, but rather continuously re-created and shared by both teacher and student. In this approach, teachers should look for opportunities where they can play the dual roles of student and co-teacher. One way of making a class less teacher-centered is by striving to never say anything kids can say for themselves. That means allowing students to ask and answer their own questions, to respond to classmates’ questions, and to repeat and revoice others’ thinking in their own words. Teachers redirect questions asked of them to other students”  (p. 29). 

How are you amplifying student voices in your classroom? Seda and Brown provide three ways to get started:

  1. Never say anything students can say for themselves.
  2. Allow students to ask and answer their own questions.
  3. Redirect questions posed to you to other students.

Let me know how you do implementing one or more of these suggestions in your classroom as it makes sense to you.

Dr. Reilly



Pre-K Literacy and Mathematics Assessment

Contact: Mara Kaplan

This is a friendly reminder - the Office of Early Childhood developed the Pre-K Literacy and Mathematics Assessment, which is inclusive of 8 individual tasks that are completed three times a year. These assessments support teachers and administrators in understanding how students are progressing to inform instruction and district-wide initiatives.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Individual score reports are added to GOLD and placed in Assessment Folders by November 8, 2022


Office Hours

Contact: KeLee Brown

The Office of Early Childhood is offering Office Hours for Pre-K teachers to support with lesson plans, Creative Curriculum and Assessment. Please see the dates below, and note the hours are from 3:15PM-4:15PM.

Office Hours link-

  • Monday, November 7, 2022
  • Monday, November 14, 2022
  • Monday, November 21, 2022
  • Monday, December 5, 2022
  • Monday, December 12, 2022
  • Monday, December 19, 2022


ELA November Office Hours - Grade K-5 Teachers/ELA Teachers (New)

Contact: Lisa Trobaugh, Office of ELA

The ELA Department is offering Office Hours for K-8 teachers. In the month of November, we will focus on small group instruction. Kim Mott will offer Office Hours specifically for grades 6-8 teachers to support with lesson plans, unpacking curriculum units, and aligning learning intentions to the NJSLS. 

Please see the document for dates, times, and the link. Feel free to reach out with any questions and/or ideas.


ELA Make & Take Workshops - Grade K-8 ELA Teachers (New)

Contact: Heather Lieberman, Office of ELA

We are pleased to offer a series 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.



NBOE Pre-College Fair

Contact: LaTonya White

The NBOE Pre-College Fair, hosted by Student Support Services, will take place on November 9th, 2022 at Central High School from 3:30pm-6:00pm. The fair is open to students from grades 6-12.

Attached is a flyer which may be shared with students and families.

CLICK HERE for the student registration link.

Please contact LaTonya D. White at 973-688-2721 with inquiries.


Classroom Portfolios (New)

Contact: Jazleen Othman, Office of Teaching & Learning

This is a reminder that all students should have a portfolio for each of their courses. Student portfolios include academic work and other forms of educational evidence highlighting student progress. All ELA, Math, Science, & Social Studies classrooms are required to have student portfolios and be used during parent conferences throughout the school year. Exemplars will be highlighted during walkthroughs. 

Please see the section on portfolios in the academic walkthrough document attached for more details.


Spread the Word - In-Person Hiring Fair for External Candidates! (New)

Contact: Carlos Reyes, Human Resource Services

Please share with external candidates interested in joining NBOE. Take advantage of our $1,000 referral bonus for EACH candidate successfully hired.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2022

Where: Park Elementary School - 120 Manchester Place, Newark, NJ. Parking is available at the back of the school and at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center - Branch Brook Park Drive, Newark, NJ.  

Time: Applicants are welcome from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Audience: External candidates.

Registration required: External Applicant Registration Form

Questions? Email us at


Tutoring Coordinators (New)

Contact: Julianne Bello, Teaching and Learning/OELT

All Tutor Coordinators (TCs) should attend Part 2 of training to be held on 11/14/2022 at 3:30 via Webex.


The Office of Special Education Monthly Updates (New)

Contact: Devvon Crawford, Office of Special Education

Celebrating Diverse Abilities:

During the week of November 7-11, 2022 schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work School Psychologists do to help all students thrive. Be sure to shout out your school's Psychologist.


New Teacher Induction (New)

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

The next New Teacher Induction session will take place on Tuesday, December 6th, 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. One of the sessions will focus on reviewing and planning for improvement before Annuals, (possible second year panel) led by the Office of Educator Effectiveness.

The registration, session descriptions, and meeting links can be found in the schedule linked here:


Mentoring (New)

Contact: Herb Daughtry, Educator Effectiveness

The next mentor trainings are scheduled for November 16 and November 30, 2022. The November 16th session is for 1st or 2nd year mentors. The November 30th session is for mentors who have been participating for 3 or more years. Please register for your session here:


Training of Vista Learning Resource- Elementary/HS Spanish & French Teachers (New)

Contact: Adalis Alvarez-Craft, Office of Bilingual

Vista Higher Learning initial implementation training will be taking place in person on Friday, December 9th at the Marion A. Bolden Student Center 230 Broadway, Newark, NJ.   Spanish and French Teachers must attend during their appropriate sessions. High School Teachers 8:30am-12:00pm and Elementary Teachers 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Please see the link below to register.


Cycle 1 Report Card Timeline (New)

Contact: Darren Watsky, Student Information Services

Cycle 1 marking period ends November 9th and all gradebooks must be finalized by the end of the work day on Thursday, November 17th. The PowerTeacher Cycle 1 reporting term will be locked after school on November 21st. 

Please use the Cycle 1 Report Card Timeline to prepare all staff for the storing of grades November 22nd. Administrators, teachers, and the PowerSchool clerk must work as a team to ensure that all students' grades and comments are entered before the deadline. 

Report Cards will be distributed December 1st during Parent-Teacher Conferences.


Inactivating Gradebook Categories (New)

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.


Certifications Team Virtual Office Hours and Professional Development (New)

Contact: Eboni Lee, Human Resource Services

To help support administrators and teachers the Certification team will continue to host Virtual Office Hours and Professional Development through the month of November. 

Register for the Professional Development and virtual office hours using the following link:

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.


Open Enrollment 11/1 - 11/15

Contact: Jennifer Medina

It’s That Time of Year! Open Enrollment is from November 1st - November 15th. On 11/1, you will be able to enroll in your NBOE benefits at Please plan to attend one of the live webinars for further information on the 2023 benefits program: Thursday, October 27 at 3:30-4:30 pm or Wednesday, November 9 at 3:30-4:30 pm. 

More information can be found on (guest key: NBOE). Click this link to download and print the OE flyer to post at your location: Open Enrollment QR Code Flyer


Homework Hotline is Open

Contact: Timothy Nellegar

Homework Hotline is open and ready to help students for the 2022-23 school year. Students can call and get assistance on homework, reviewing the day's lesson, or other instructional questions Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm. For more information, as well as a list of our current instructors and their contact information, please visit the Tutoring Resources page under Students on the Newark Board of Education website.

Please encourage your students to use this free service to help them throughout the school year.


Homework Hotline Teachers Needed

Contact: Timothy Nellegar

The Office of Teaching and Learning is still hiring educators to man the Homework Hotline Monday-Thursday from 3:30p-5:30p. We are in need of teachers in the following areas: Bilingual, Chemistry, Physics, and Social Studies/History. If you are interested in possibly joining our Homework Hotline team please email Tim Nellegar at for more information.


ALEKS Professional Learning

Contact: Darleen Gearhart

ALEKS is now available as an afterschool mathematics resource.  If you are a teacher, choose the McGraw-Hill icon in Clever to access this supplemental math program.   In order to support the implementation of this program, three levels of professional learning sessions (Beginner-Getting Started with ALEKS; Intermediate-Data, Customization, and more with ALEKS; and, Advanced-Dig Deeper with ALEKS) are being offered as follows:

  • November 7, 2022
  • November 9, 2022
  • November 10, 2022
  • November 14, 2022
  • November 15, 2022
  • November 16, 2022
  • November 17, 2022

Sessions will be held 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Sign-up here:


NCTM Resources and Group Access for Mathematics

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics

The Office of Mathematics has purchased Group Access for resources from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for 3,000 math teachers across Newark's public schools.  By signing up you receive access to NCTM resources including Illuminations (standards-based resources, interactive tools, and instructional support for teachers and students), Problems of the Week (an extensive library of math problems), Students Explorations in Mathematics (an archive of hands-on activities and materials), and MyNCTM (an online community of math teachers across the globe).

Please sign up for NCTM group access at:


SEL/Mental Health Programming Supports SY 22-23 

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.


2022-2023 Educational Technology Office Hours

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.


Health, Physical Education & Athletics Office Hours

Contact: Krystal Rhett, Office of Health, Physical Education & Athletics

The Office of Health, Physical Education and Athletics will be hosting office hours for teachers. During the months of September and October, we will cover the following topics during the sessions in addition to discussing best practices and providing resources to support student achievement:

  • Health & PE Curricular Guides Review and Implementation
  • K-12 SPARK PE Curriculum
  • KidsFit

Elementary H/PE Teachers

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-3:45

High School H/PE Teachers:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:45

Registration Link:


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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 Stories Oct 26, 2022:  Let’s go to Work Video Receives Top Honors! Oct 24, 2022: Calling All Pre-K and 8th Grade Families 
Oct 24, 2022: Transition Opportunities and Diverse Abilities 
Oct 24, 2022: Does Anyone Need a Doctor? 
Oct 24, 2022: Schools Throughout the District Celebrate Week of Respect 
Oct 24, 2022: Student Field Trips are Back 
Oct 24, 2022: National Hispanic Heritage Month 
Oct 24, 2022: Student Art Exhibit Installed at Central Office: Curating a Restorative Experience Using Art as Medicine 
Oct 24, 2022: Cross Country Runners Compete in Weekly Conference Races at Branch Brook Park 
Oct 24, 2022: Schools Leverage Enersound TSB devices to Provide Interpretation Services to Reach non-English Speaking Families 
Oct 24, 2022: Facilities on the Go! 
Oct 24, 2022: Recruitment on the Move 

Press Releases 
Nov 03, 2022: 
Gallaudet University Facilitates Professional Development for NBOE Staff 
Nov 03, 2022: George Washington Carver Elementary School Classrooms get Renovations 
Oct 31, 2022: Newark’s ALL Schools Fair Returns to In-Person Showcase 
Oct 28, 2022: NBOE College Fair Fall 2022 for the Class of 2023 
Oct 25, 2022: Black Men Read Day at Camden Elementary School


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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