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Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong to Present "The Effective Teacher"

Harry and Rosemary Wong are the foremost authorities on the effective teacher. They are the most sought-after speakers in education, booked 2 to 4 years into the future.  Dr. Harry Wong is a former award-winning high school science teacher and has received the Horace Mann Outstanding Educator Award and the National Teachers Hall-of-Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.  Instructor Magazine named him one of the 20 most admired people in education. They will be accompanied by Ms. Griselda Almonte, teacher at School 28. The dynamic trio will present the power of classroom management; how to be successful in the classroom; the first days of school, embracing cultural diversity, and never cease to learn.

Please come out and experience the “Rock Star of Education” on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at John F. Kennedy High School Auditorium from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Seats are limited so please click here to register.

PEA Labor Contract Approved

The Paterson Public School District and The Paterson Education Association (PEA) are pleased to announce that the PEA membership voted to approve an agreement for a settlement covering school years 2010-11 through 2013-14 and a three year contract covering school years 2014-15 through 2016-17. Further details can be viewed in this press release.

Congratulations District 2014 Teacher of The Year

Cindy Cooney

Ms. Cindy Cooney from the School of Information Technology at Eastside Campus with Commissioner Alex Mendez, Board President Chris Irving, and State District Superintendent Dr. Donnie Evans. A complete list of all the Governor's Teacher of the Year recipients can be viewed here.

'Double Your Impact' Grant Available

Many educators are familiar with the “DonorsChoose” program (donorschoose. org) where grantors of funds are matched with specific classroom needs and projects. Now, thanks to an anonymous grant, Paterson teachers can “Double Your Impact” for pre-k through grade 2 projects that cost less than $800. This “Double Your Impact” grant is available NOW, so submit your project as soon as possible. Visit the Giving Page to see and donate to active Paterson Double Your Impact school projects, or go to to learn all about the organization and get started with your special project!  For more information, see the attached flyer.

PD Summer Catalog Available

The 2014 Professional Development catalog is now available. You can view or download a copy here.

NJ DOE Announces its New InnovateNJ  Web Site

The New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) Office of School Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the new InnovateNJ initiative. Details can be found in this document and on the InnovateNJ web site.

New Employee Portal!

Check out the new Department of Human Resources interactive employee portal. You can login by clicking here or on the Employee Portal button to the right. Details on this new feature can be found in this flyer. Please note: The Employee Portal works best with the following: Internet Explorer: 7x, 8x, 9x; Chrome: 12+; Safari: 5x; Java: Version 7 update 51.

Teacher Evaluation Newsletter

You can view this week's issue of the "TEACHNJ and AchieveNJ" newsletter here: Vol. II Issue 30, June 23. Previous issues are available on the Teacher Evaluation page.

Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools …
Download our APP

Now you can be connected with the district and our individual schools through Paterson Public Schools’ new downloadable application (APP) available for portable “smart” devices! Discover the many useful features of the PPS app by viewing this video created by Rosa Parks HS students. Instructions on how to access and use the app can be found here. It's easy!

Dell Specials for Paterson Public Schools

Dell computer has special offers for Paterson City School District students, faculty, and staff.  Visit to take advantage of their promotions or call 1-800-695-8133 and reference Member ID: US29289392. Current specials can be viewed here.

Student Growth Percentile Video

SGP VideoThis video is part of the NJ SMART educational series. It provides viewers with a better understanding of what a student growth percentile (SGP) is, the concept of academic peers and how it relates to growth percentiles, how an individual SGP is calculated and interpreted, and how SGPs can be reported and interpreted for groups

Panther Academy Weather Station Operational

Get up-to-the-minute weather information from the Panther Academy Weather Station simply by clicking on this link. Alternatively, you can download and install on your computer the weatherbug application (select Paterson and Panther Academy as your location). For further information contact Planetarium Manager, Gary Swangin.

Purchasing Process for District Staff

Proper procedures to assist Paterson Public School employees in making authorized purchases for the school year are clearly outlined in the following two documents: Ordering Process and Purchasing Manual

Need Additional Supplies? is a not-for-profit website that provides resources to teachers.  Educators are welcome to submit online proposals via  Info:  Lauren Siciliano, NJ State Coordinator, or (212) 239-3615, ext. 21



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