The last week has been humbling. Tuesday and the days following found me, like all of central office, spending mornings at one of our schools and in my case delivering young, crying children to their classrooms. Without exception, those occasions ended with the teacher receiving the child with care, love, and a plan. I watched as teachers greeted children by name, and had ready a space in the room and a fun task to do. Within minutes, the once sobbing child was quiet and engaged in the work. This happened repeatedly.
I hope you make space in the increasingly hectic school day for the time to meet your students, to learn their names, and discover the idiosyncratic details of their lives that they offer up. When I taught, I would take the first couple of weeks to build routines with students, to read aloud, to wrap the school in the poems we made, to set up painting stations for art conversations, to write daily, celebrating when my students and I finally ran out of the typical trite topics and we were left to struggle and think. I often wrote them an initial letter telling them a few things about myself and asking them to tell me what kind of teacher they needed me to be. Their responses were often heartbreaking and revealing. Last week, I read a letter a middle school boy hand wrote his teacher here in Newark. He asked her to help him mend a relationship between himself and another student. The letter was witty, tender, and beautifully real.
Teaching is so complex. As Annie Dillard wrote some years ago about writing (but she could have been talking about teaching): “Process is nothing; erase your tracks. The path is not the work. I hope your tracks have grown over; I hope birds ate the crumbs; I hope you will toss it all and not look back.”
Put aside the curriculum guides for the next week. Be the creative, brilliant folks you are and design the work you most need to do in order to get to know your students, to establish a few routines, to make new pathways, to simply breathe fully. I’m so proud to be here learning with and from each of you.
Office of Health & Physical Education Office Hours(New)
Contact: Krystle Rhett, Health & Physical Education - Office of Teaching & Learning Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Sessions will be as follows:
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
Please use department Google Classroom Link to join all sessions.
The Office of Student Life will host FAFSA Parent Workshops in both English and Spanish to support our families with the completion of the FAFSA. The Webex Link, Meeting ID and Password are provided for easy access (excluding the September 15, 2021 workshop). All workshop sessions begin at 5:00pm. Our partner in this process is the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.
If you have any questions regarding the fall series, please contact Vernon Pullins Jr., Supervisor, Student Support Services, Office of Student Life at email@example.com
Contact: Beata F. Snelling, Communications Dept. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In an effort to streamline the district’s social media platform and boost the district’s presence, the Communications Department is offering a training session on social media strategy and utilizing the 3 major platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Please identify a member of your staff who can help you keep your school-based social media platforms relevant and sign them up for one of the sessions noted below. Sessions will be held from Tuesday to Thursday at respectively: 10am, 11am, and 2pm (for the next two weeks).
If you have not yet met with anyone from the Comms Team regarding social media for your school then please sign up for a session. If you’ve already met with the Comms Team regarding your social profiles than no other meeting is necessary.
Please note: If your school does not have an account, please do not create any accounts prior to connecting with us. The Communications Team will create them for you. If your school has an account that was not created by us and you haven’t yet met with the team, please make sure you connect with us for next steps.
The purpose of the "All Kids to Calculus" program is to provide elementary school teachers a minimum of 30 credit hours of higher level mathematics courses at the university level.
This enables you to provide Algebra 1 to grade 8 students in all of Newark Board of Education schools, thereby ensuring all students have the opportunity to reach Calculus in high school. This program is 6 semesters (3 years). Note that the tuition and textbooks are paid for by NBOE.
If you are interested in this opportunity, fill out the Google Form (here).
Please review the NBOE Arts Guidebook 2021 for important information for the 2021-2022 academic year. Music teachers pay close attention to page 22 for Music Guidelines & Resources including details for instrument inventory which is due October 1. Look forward to greet everyone at the September 1st - Arts Professional Development.
The Office of ELA is excited to offer the following After School Sessions for Teachers. Please click the links below to access the Webex Session. ELA office hours will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00PM - 3:45PM.
Tuesday, September 21
(Grades K-8) Assessments Part 1 - Review of Letter ID, Spelling Inventory, and Words Their Way 3:00pm-3:45pm
The Office of Mathematics will be hosting monthly office hours the first Monday of each month to support teachers’ implementation of curriculum, pedagogy, and measuring learning in the field of mathematics.
Office hours begins at 3:30PM and ends at 5:00PM. Emphasis is on students’ conceptual understanding, representation, and resources for student engagement. Teachers and coaches will have an opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session.
As we continue to build various pipelines, we know there are teachers and other instructional personnel with master’s degrees from accredited colleges/universities who hold NJ Principal certification or a Certificate of Eligibility. Individuals in that category who have not submitted their principal certification information to HRS can do so by sending an email to email@example.com.
We also know that some of you are currently enrolled in a master’s program at an accredited college/university that will lead to a NJ Principal Certificate of Eligibility. If this describes you, please complete the survey below so we can share some important information with you.
Do you know an amazing BILINGUAL or ESL Teacher who would be a perfect match for the Newark Board of Education? If you are a current employee and you refer someone who gets hired as a full-time Bilingual or ESL teacher for the 2020-21 or 2021-22 school year you can earn $1000 per hire. Find out more about this opportunity here.
The Newark Board of Education will be opening three additional schools for the 2021-2022 School Year. The district will also be creating additional grade levels in eight schools! With the additional schools and grade expansions, there will be a multitude of positions that will be available for hire. WE NEED YOU!
The applications for the various titles are NOW LIVE! Interviews will be scheduled and held virtually. We are looking for dynamic candidates that will personify the culture of each of our new schools. If you know someone who is ready to join our growing district, share this announcement.
Take a look at the schools’ overview below and Apply Today!
Teacher Talk will be delivered every other Monday.
The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.
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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