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Check It Out: October 25, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Elementary Tech Morning Thursday, November 9th, 8:30-11:00 @ TAC

Middle School Team Meeting Tuesday, November 14th, 12:00-3:00 @ TBD

High School Team Meeting Wednesday, November 15th, 12:00-3:00 @ Northwest High

Elementary Team Plan Day November 9th 8:30-11:00 @ TAC in library services
Take a look at the attached document with the options for sessions for our Tech Morning.  Select one session per time frame and then register for your selected sessions by filling out this form  You must fill out the form by 3:00 on Wednesday November 1st so we can finalize the schedule.  If you have any questions, please let Courtney know!  A GIANT thank you to our volunteer presenters.  They have some great things planned for you.  Remember, this professional development opportunity is voluntary.  If you need to stay in your building, please do so!

Looking for Materials to Support Non-Englsih Speakers?

Below are three suppliers of books that support your ELL's and non-English speaking populations:Hand holds a rainbow icon


10 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

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Sarah McKibben

Battling the October blues? Break out of your slump with these tips from the 2017 State and National Teachers of the Year.

"October is a classic down month for teachers," Mike Anderson, author of The Well-Balanced Teacher, said in a recent BAM! Radio podcast. "There's so much positive energy at the beginning of the year. Teachers are excited and fired up, and students are eager to get back to school. And then, after five or six weeks, reality starts to crash in."

Around this time, he explained, "student challenges might present themselves more prominently and the curriculum can start to feel overwhelming. I think it's typical that everybody starts to lose their mojo just a little bit."

When the October blues bear down, what can you do to keep the momentum going? We turned to the 2017 State and National Teachers of the Year, selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers, for advice.

1. Find Strength in Your Students

2. Learn Something New

3. Pull Out All the Instructional Stops

4. Battle Your Boredom

5. Find Your Tribe

6. Hit Pause and Reflect

7. Never Let Your Flame Go Out

8. Take a Hike

9. Have Coffee with a Mentor

10. Resist the Isolation

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants and building projects
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609:  Inquiry, professional library, newsletter Items; Secondary Review Committee; secondary author visits, skype visits
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program

  • Gwen Jackson  Elementary author visits

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

In the 'Fake News' Era, Americans Increasingly Value Libraries

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In the report, released Wednesday, Pew finds that the majority of American adults—61 percent—say their decision-making would be improved at least somewhat "if they got training on how to find trustworthy information online." In this bewildering world of real and fake news, a clear majority—78 percent—believe that the library is still providing them with information that is "trustworthy and reliable." It's not just older generations who prefer this more traditional resource: Millennials are more likely to trust the library than all previous generations, including Generation X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation.

15 Resources for Teaching Media Literacy

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With new information sources, videos, and apps popping up every day and accusations of fake news running rampant, teaching students to understand how media can influence and bias readers, viewers, and listeners is more important than ever. Media literacy experts Faith Rogow, Maureen Connolly, Vicky Giouroukakis, and Erik Palmer provide thoughts, tools, and tips for teaching media literacy, evaluating media resources, and more.

E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News FREE Poster

MATERIALS: E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News poster (download), E.S.C.A.P.E.: Six Key Concepts worksheets (download), a news story for students to evaluate, internet access

SLJ--Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level

Our recent article on reading levels and the dangers of using strictly prescribed leveling systems in libraries for young readers sparked much dialogue and debate. One of the most popular and widely used reading systems is the “A to Z” gradient, developed by Irene C. Fountas, professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and Gay Su Pinnell, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. Both researchers have been adamant that their leveling system was designed as “a teacher’s tool, not a child’s label.” We caught up with Fountas and Pinnell, who jointly gave their perspective on leveling, libraries, reading comprehension, and what they say to districts mandating leveled collections.

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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).