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.


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Leticia Salinas

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

Since 2017, Leticia Salinas has served as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at the Newark Unified School District. She brings over two decades of experience as a teacher, lecturer, principal, supervisor of K-12 schools, human resources leader, and English Language Learner program expert. As Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, Ms. Salinas currently oversees Special Education, Pupil Services, Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment, Textbooks, School supervision, Enrollment, Student Placement, Technology, Parent Engagement, Behavioral/Mental Health Services, and the East Bay Induction Consortium. In her role, she supports the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development and accountability. She is also responsible for auxiliary services including research, categorical compliance, special projects, and the District English Learner Program Advisory Committee (DELAC). Prior to joining NUSD, Ms. Salinas served as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources at the Hayward Unified School District and as Assistant Superintendent, Elementary LEAD with the San Francisco Unified School District. Ms. Salinas holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, with a minor in Spanish literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to several teaching credentials, she also earned a Masters of Arts degree in English from California State University, Hayward. As a leader in her field, Ms. Salinas has completed executive programs at Stanford University and Harvard University.

Since 2017, Leticia Salinas has served as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at the Newark Unified School District. She brings over two decades of experience as a teacher, lecturer, principal, supervisor of K-12 schools, human resources leader, and English Language Learner program expert.

As Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, Ms. Salinas currently oversees Special Education, Pupil Services, Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment, Textbooks, School supervision, Enrollment, Student Placement, Technology, Parent Engagement, Behavioral/Mental Health Services, and the East Bay Induction Consortium. In her role, she supports the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development and accountability. She is also responsible for auxiliary services including research, categorical compliance, special projects, and the District English Learner Program Advisory Committee (DELAC).

Prior to joining NUSD, Ms. Salinas served as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources at the Hayward Unified School District and as Assistant Superintendent, Elementary LEAD with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Ms. Salinas holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, with a minor in Spanish literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to several teaching credentials, she also earned a Masters of Arts degree in English from California State University, Hayward. As a leader in her field, Ms. Salinas has completed executive programs at Stanford University and Harvard University.

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Laura Forrest

Administrative Assistant

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.

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.

Amy Black

Elementary Director of Teaching and Learning

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Larry Simon

Directory of Information Technology

Responsible for all aspects of information technology for the district; planning, implementation, support and maintenance of computer systems, data networks, software, business system, student information system, library system, e-mail system and Internet access.

Responsible for all aspects of information technology for the district; planning, implementation, support and maintenance of computer systems, data networks, software, business system, student information system, library system, e-mail system and Internet access.

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Janet Handley

Director of Special Projects

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.

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.

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Bill Whitton

Coordinator of Pupil Services

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.

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.

Miranda Dinsmore

Assessment Technician

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.

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.

Jodi Croce

Student Development Technician

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.

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.

Jason Tarn

Instructional Technology Literacy Coach

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.

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.

Tommy Martin-Edwards

Instructional Technology Literacy Coach

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.

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.