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Educational Services

The Educational Services Department is committed to serving the children, families, and community of Newark. Our goal is to attain equally high levels of achievement for all children enrolled in Newark schools.

Educational Services is also committed to collaborative decision-making by District Leadership (Educational Services and Site Principals), compliance with state and federal regulations, and the development of professional learning communities.

We value equity and inclusivity, and strive for clear communication, data-informed and collaborative decision-making, continuous improvement, accessibility, and responsiveness to all of our stakeholders.

Department Directory

Leticia Salinas Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services (510) 818-4201 EMAIL
Laura Forrest Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent (510) 818-4201 EMAIL
Amy Black Elementary Director of Teaching and Learning           (510) 818-4113  
Miranda Dinsmore Assessment Technician (510) 818-4147 EMAIL
Bill Whitton Coordinator of Student Development and Pupil Services (510) 818-4226 EMAIL
Jodi Croce Student Development Technician


Janet Handley Director of Special Projects (510) 818-4196 EMAIL
Leonor I. Rebosura Director of East Bay Induction Consortium (510) 818-4145 EMAIL
Julie Reimer Administrative Secretary (510) 818-4145 EMAIL
Tommy Martin-Edwards Instructional Technology Literacy Coach (510) 818-4192 EMAIL
Jason Tarn Instructional Technology Literacy Coach (510) 818-4192 EMAIL

Leticia Salinas, Assistant Superintendent

(510) 818-4201

Leticia Salinas supports the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development, assessment, and accountability. She oversees Educational Services departments and programs: Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability; Pupil Services; and Special Education. She is also responsible for auxiliary services including research, staff development, categorical compliance, special projects, the instructional materials center, the local BTSA, the District English Learner Program Advisory Committee, and the East Bay BTSA Consortium.


Laura Forrest, Administrative Assistant


(510) 818-4201
The Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services supports Williams site visits, professional development, budgets, contracts, and District Leadership meetings, as well as manages the district calendar, guest teachers, and curriculum sufficiency.

VACANT, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability

(510) 818-4113

Supports Newark schools in ongoing improvement through cycles of inquiry focused on effective instruction, student learning, and professional development.  She directs the administration, analysis and reporting of state and local testing programs, including the Smarter Balanced Assessments, CELDT, District Benchmarks, and the Physical Fitness Test.  Coordinates the selection and implementation of new curriculum, School Accountability Report Cards (SARC's), the English Learner Program, report cards, grading, Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs), and instructional interventions.

Miranda Dinsmore, Assessment Technician


(510) 818-4147

Miranda Dinsmore is committed to supporting parents and students, all school sites, and Educational Services. She provides technical support for state mandated and district assessment programs including CA Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) including Smarter Balanced, CAA, CAST, CA English Language Development Test (CELDT), and Physical Fitness Testing (PFT). She maintains the Online Assessment and Reporting System (OARS), and supports i-Ready and the ELA and Math district benchmarks assessments. Additionally, she supports the preparation and maintenance of a variety of data reports, records, presentations, and files related to state and federal assessments and accountability.

Bill Whitton, Coordinator of Student Development and Pupil Services


(510) 818-4226
Bill Whitton administers various student and family programs, including the School Attendance Review board (SARB), suspensions and expulsions, foster youth and homeless programs, enrollment, school safety, home teaching, and student health. He also supports district programs and services for students and families such as dental programs, emotional and mental health programs, parent partners, and attendance support initiatives.

Jodi Croce, Student Development Technician


(510) 818-4202
The Student Development Technician reports to and supports the Student Development and Pupil Services Coordinator, as well as provides support for Categorical Compliance. This includes the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), suspensions and expulsions, foster youth and homeless programs, enrollment, school safety, home teaching, and student health, as well as district programs and services for students and families.

Janet Handley, Director of Special Projects


(510) 818-4196
Janet Handley coordinates English Language Learner programs; intervention and prevention services; Program Improvement; LCFF, FPM, and federal, and special projects. Plans and manages programs and services that support school and district improvement including: professional development for administrators and teachers, school assistance and intervention, and school support. Provides technical assistance for identified schools to support school district improvement efforts.

Leonor I. Rebosura, Director of East Bay Induction Consortium


(510) 818-4145
Leonor manages and directs East Bay Induction Consortium (EBIC), which support teachers in public, private and charter schools. EBIC provides two teacher induction programs that provide a pathway for teachers to clear their preliminary teaching credentials and earn a professional clear credential. EBIC develops, coordinates and conducts professional development events integrating adult learning structures and philosophy. EBIC provides coaching and technical assistance for site administrators and district personnel on the induction process, the implementation of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs. Newark Unified School District is the Lead Educational Agency of EBIC.

Julie Reimer, Administrative Secretary


(510) 818-4145
Julie supports the Director of East Bay Induction Consortium (EBIC). She is responsible for communication and the records systems of EBIC. She maintains the database, schedules and coordinates professional development activities, and creates and maintains a variety of reports, records and program files related to the accreditation system of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Julie is also responsible for managing the fiscal records of the Consortium.

Tommy Martin-Edwards, Instructional Technology Literacy Coach

Jason Tarn, Instructional Technology Literacy Coach


(510) 818-4192
Tommy and Jason leverage educational technology tools to raise student engagement, boost academic rigor, and increase 21st-Century literacies in K-12 classrooms. Furthermore, they develop, facilitate, and follow-up on professional development events rooted in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) standards, curate and create online educator resources for Google Certified Educator Level 1 Certification, and coordinate with the Informational Technology (IT) Department to implement model digital classrooms throughout the district. Tommy and Jason report to and support the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.