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Check It Out: November 29, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

2018 ITLCohort Application

This is an application for the Instructional Technology Leadership (ITL) endorsement program in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The cohort begins this upcoming summer 2018 and will be complete the spring of 2019. Candidates will be taking 2 courses per semester (with the option of just taking 1 course in the summer) that meets once a month for each term. The application is pretty self-explanatory, but if there are any questions- feel free to contact McKenzie White. The due date for submission is December 5th

Super 3+/Big 6+ Inquiry Posters

If you would like any of the Super 3+ or Big 6+ Inquiry posters in Spanish for your school, please fill out the form below.

AASL Standards--Where do I Start?

AASL Standards--Common Beliefs

IN THE STANDARDS remodeling process, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) reviewed Common Beliefs from earlier AASL Standards and official AASL position statements. These documents, and feedback collected from more than 1,300 school librarians and stakeholders nationally, provided AASL with a clear expression of the qualities of well-prepared learners, effective school librarians, and dynamic school libraries. The following Common Beliefs and summary descriptions were identified as central to the profession.

1.  The school library is a unique and essential part of the learning community.

2.  Qualified school librarians lead effective school libraries.

3.  Learners should be prepared for college, career, and life.

4.  Reading is the core personal and academic competency.

5.  Intellectual freedom is every learner's right.

6.  Information technologies must be appropriately integrated and equitably available.

Read more about each of these common beliefs by visiting the website below.

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

A Few of Our Favorite Things!

In November, we featured what our school librarians are thankful for.  I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who sent something in to be posted on our social media. 

For the month of December, we would like to feature a few of your favorite things.  Please send me lessons, activities, guest speakers, displays, books, etc. that are some of your or your students' favorite things this year.  Pictures are always a plus if possible.

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Filmstreams at the Dundee

Dené Oglesby, Program and Outreach Coordinator for Filmstreams, would like to invite all OPS Librarians to the very first Dundee Microcinema feature starting December 1, EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. The attached flyer contains a promo discount code for the film. Hope to see you there!

Hour of Code from

Two weeks ago, we announced the first new Hour of Code activities from dozens of partners. Now, we’re excited to share a brand new activity from and Microsoft, Minecraft: Hero’s Journey! Introducing the Minecraft Agent, students write code to instruct the Agent to execute commands and overcome in-game obstacles.

Using the Minecraft world they know and love, students of all ages and experience levels can learn how to use loops, debugging, functions, and problem-solving to achieve their goals. If you’ve used a previous Hour of Code Minecraft activity, this new one provides a perfect way to expand your students’ knowledge of computer science. The learning doesn’t end there: students can import their code into Minecraft: Education Edition to bring their own creations to life in the real game. And of course, Minecraft Designer and Minecraft Adventurer are always available to play!

Played around the world 70 million times, over the last two years students have used the Minecraft tutorials to build new worlds and bring them to life over a single hour.

Hour of Code is right around the corner

Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10) is almost here. And thanks to the generosity of Ozobot, Dexter Industries, littleBits, and Wonder Workshop, over 100 classrooms that sign up to host an Hour of Code will be selected to receive robots or circuits for their class! 

Sign up your Hour of Code event here if you haven't yet and get ready to create!

Described and Captioned Media Program


Streaming TV and Movies, DVDs, Interactive Media, Resources, and more.

We're here to educate students with sensory disabilities, along with their parents and teachers. Our major network-produced, educational content is carefully customized to serve the needs of K-12 students, as well as adult students studying to meet the needs of blind and deaf students.

Explore our website to learn how we are living our mission to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

The DCMP is an idea that works thanks to funding by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National Association of the Deaf.

CSM--Minimizing Digital Distrations

These 5 tips work great for adults too!

It’s no secret that students today face the ultimate paradox: The same devices that help students complete their work are also their biggest distraction from getting work done. Over the last seven years, I’ve visited schools around the country that have implemented one-to-one computer and tablet programs and personalized learning models. In many cases, schools have successfully focused on the technology and implementation of their programs, but are still searching for successful ways to promote organization, time management, and overall wellness.

After observing classrooms and meeting with teachers and administrators, I designed an orientation curriculum for students that gets their buy-in around organization and time management. Professional development workshops for teachers help them understand their role in promoting executive functioning skills using daily repetition to promote managing digital distractions and creating opportunities for organization. I also present strategies to the parents, because getting everyone -- parents, teachers, and students -- on the same page is the most effective way to ensure long-term success.

If your school has a one-to-one computer or tablet program and/or promotes a personalized learning model, here are five key strategies to promote students’ organization, time management, and executive functioning skills:

Display Ideas

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).