The Educational Services Department is responsible for curriculum development and its implementation district wide, working with the Newark teaching staff and individuals at the county, state, and federal levels in this process. Educational Services also has responsibility for professional and staff development, state textbook selection, standards, intervention programs and assessment.
|Soleste Hilberg, Ph.D.||Senior Director of Educational Services||(510) 818-4201|
|Debbie Ashmore||Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability||(510) 818-4113|
|William Whitton||Coordinator, Pupil Services||(510) 818-4226|
|Christine Herrera||Administrative Assistant||(510) 818-4201|
|Miranda Dinsmore||Administrative Secretary||(510) 818-4147|
|Staff Secretary III||(510) 818-4202|
|Academic Achievement and School Support Coach||(510) 818-4196|
|Eileen Weeks||Science and Academic Achievement Coordinator||(510) 818-4203|
About our Staff
Soleste Hilberg, Ph.D., Senior Director (510) 818-4201
Soleste Hilberg is committed to increasing equity and opportunity in educational and career opportunities for children through research-based instruction. She informs and supports district-wide implementation of state academic content standards and the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development, assessment, and accountability. She is responsible for all Educational Services Department programs, services and activities including the planning, development, and implementation of curriculum and instruction for grades K-12. She also directs auxiliary services including research, counseling, assessment, special education, staff development, categorical programs, special projects, instructional materials center, student services, local BTSA, and the East Bay BTSA Consortium.
Debbie Ashmore, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability
Debbie Ashmore provides technical assistance and support to sites in ongoing improvement through cycles of inquiry focused on effective instruction and student learning. She is responsible for the administration, analysis and reporting of state and local testing programs, including STAR, CELDT, CAHSEE, District Benchmarks, and the Physical Fitness Test. She also coordinates School Accountability Report Card (SARC) development, the district English Learner Program, the District English Learner Program Advisory, Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs) and interventions.
Coordinator of Continuous Improvement and Federal, State, & Special Projects
Coordinates English Language Learner programs; intervention and prevention services; Program Improvement; and state, 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 teams. Provides technical assistance for identified schools to support school and district improvement efforts. Reports directly to the Senior Director, Dr. Soleste Hilberg.
Academic Achievement and School Support Coach
Supports district and school improvement efforts to increase student achievement. She coaches teachers in English Language Arts; supports school and district reform initiatives, interventions, school change, and English Learner programs; and designs and facilitates professional development to support school improvement efforts. Reports directly to the Senior Director, Dr. Soleste Hilberg.
Bill Whitton, Coordinator of Pupil Services
Administers various student and family programs, including the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), Suspension and Expulsions, Foster Youth and Homeless Liaison, Enrollment, School Safety, Home Teaching, and Student Health. Reports directly to Senior Director, Dr. Soleste Hilberg.
Eileen Weeks, Science and Academic Achievement Coordinator
Supports district and school improvement efforts to increase student achievement. The coordinator will ensure the smooth implementation of the BaySci effort in the Newark Unified School District. The rolse of the Science and Academic Achievement Coordinator is to support BaySci by coordinating and promoting BaySci activities within the district, and to serve as a point of contact between the district and the Lawarence Hall of Science. Reports directly to Senior Director, Dr. Soleste Hilberg.
Christine Herrera, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Director
Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the Senior Director and Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability. Assists with all programs and budgets managed by Educational Services Department, K-12.
Miranda Dinsmore, Administrative Secretary to the Educational Services Department
Miranda Dinsmore is committed to supporting parents and students, all school sites, Educational Services, and the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability. She provides technical support for all state mandated and district assessment programs including elementary district assessments, CAHSEE, STAR, CELDT, and Physical Fitness Testing. She maintains the Online Assessment and Reporting System (OARS), and coordinates ELA and Math district benchmark 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.
Staff Secretary III, to the Educational Services Department
Provides Staff Secretary III support to the Pupil Services and entire Educational Services Department. Provides support in routine admistrative and clerical matters, performs a variety of specialized functions unique to a particular department or program. Supports the operations and functions of the District's grant programs, federal and state categorical programs, the English language learners' program.
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN ACADEMIC BRIDGE CLASS (ABC)
Newark Unified School District is offering a Transitional Kindergarten ABC class beginning January 8th for children who were too young to enroll in kindergarten this year. You can enroll your child if s/he will be five years old by the end of February. Children with birthday’s that fall between the dates of November 2 and December 2 have priority. Children in this program will enter their home school’s kindergarten class for the 2013-2014 school year. The class will be from 8:20 to 12:20 Monday to Friday.
You may pick up an enrollment packet at Lincoln Elementary School at 36111 Bettencourt St. beginning November 13th. The office is open Monday through Friday between 8 and 3. If you have questions or want additional information, please contact the Lincoln Elementary School office at 510-818-3500.