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Check It Out: February 3, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


February 10, 2016  (12:00 PM)  High School Team Meeting--location TAC

February 17, 2016  (12:00 PM)  Middle School Team Meeting--location TAC

February 25, 2016  (8:30-11:30)  Elementary team Meeting at Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium



March 19, 2016: Mark your calendars for NSLA's School Librarians' Day at Mahoney State Park!  Speakers include Bruce Arant, Beth Kabes, and more!!! NSLA members can attend free. See flier for details.

Lightbox Flyer

By now, all elementary buildings should have their Lightbox resources active. Attached is a  flyer that you can use to promote this great resource in your buildings. Enjoy!

Team Meeting Reminders

Secondary Librarians:

Bring ideas, documents, and feedback from the Big 6+ Inquiry projects you have worked on thus far to share with everyone.

Elementary Librarians:

Bring any work you have completed or are working on with your Big 6+ Inquiry workgroups.  Check the shared OneDrive document to see what your timeline and projects are for your group.

Also, everyone please bring one idea for students to do when they are "finished early" to share with everyone.  We are looking specifically for items students can do after check out or when finished with table work.  (SSR is already a common practice, so please bring something else to share!)

Penguins: Just the Facts!

Rachel Gordon's kindergarten students at Mount View Elementary Library read A Penguin Story and worked on some research about penguins. They then  shared facts they knew about penguins and added them to the class chart.


Pawnee Students Playing "The Genre Game"

Learn 360 Update!

Common Sense Media Lesson Plan Contest

Create the Best Lesson Plan to Inspire Teachers and Win Big!
In collaboration with, Common Sense Graphite is hosting a Lesson Plan Challenge for tech-savvy teachers like you to demonstrate how you use digital tools to foster a growth mindset in your classroom. What is a growth mindset, you ask? A belief that failure is not final but a learning experience -- a challenge that can be overcome with a little hard work and perseverance. Pretty powerful, right?

The creator of the best Lesson Plan using Graphite's lesson-planning tool will win a total of four excellent prizes:
  1. An Amazon Fire tablet
  2. A virtual professional development session for you and your colleagues with Stanford professor and former math teacher, Jo Boaler
  3. Boaler's latest book, Mathematical Mindsets
  4. A $50 Amazon gift card
Additional prizes will be awarded to runners-up. So along with the possibility of winning awesome prizes, this is a great opportunity for you to help your students build important lifelong skills. Plus, you'll be supporting other teachers looking for tech-rich lesson plans for their classrooms. It's what we like to call a win, win, win type of situation.

Not a math teacher? No problem! This challenge is open to teachers of all subjects.

School Librarians' Day

March 19, 2016: Mark your calendars for NSLA's School Librarians' Day at Mahoney State Park!  Speakers include Bruce Arant, Beth Kabes, and more!!! NSLA members can attend free. See flier for details.

Free Webinars

The Engaged Librarian: Connections and Collaborations

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

You’re a certified teacher?”
“You need a degree to be a school librarian?”
“I think that will be a great job when I retire – I love to read!”

We’ve all been there. A person, with good intentions, puts us in an awkward situation with his or her stereotypical understanding about our job based on their experience with the libraries of yesterday. Librarians have made tremendous strides to transform the profession to meet the demands of future-forward education. We impact the school community in ways that reach far beyond the library walls. Although the profession has transformed, how can school librarians work to dismiss the perception of our role?

This webinar will explore how two secondary librarians serve as technology innovators, teacher-leaders, co-teachers, literacy specialists, and “other duties as assigned.” Middle school librarian-teacher Heather Lister and high school librarian-teacher Allison Mackley will share strategies that they have used to spark connections and collaborations among their school’s students, faculty and administrators. Join them in this conversation to share insights and bold ideas in a place that values your voice. Heather and Allison will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive event.

12 Innovative Reading Ideas! New Ways to Inspire You & Your Students
Presented by Paige Jaeger, Curriculum Consultant and Instructional Focus Editor for School Library Connection
Sponsored by ABC-CLIO Solutions
Airdate: 12/9/15

Presented by Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
Sponsored by ABC-CLIO Solutions
Airdate: 1/12/16
Presented by Connie Williams, National Board Certified Teacher Librarian for Petaluma High School
Sponsored by ABC-CLIO Solutions

Airdate: 10/07/15

Dynamic Databases: Revolutionizing Today’s Research, Teaching, and Learning
Presented by Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Director of the MLIS Program at Rutgers University; with Brenda Boyer, high school librarian and Chair of the Information & Technology Resources Dept. for the Kutztown School District in Pennsylvania
Airdate: 1/20/15

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).