Wednesday February 7 Elementary Review Committee Meeting 4:45 PM TAC--Library Services
Wednesday February 28th Secondary Team Meeting TAC--Library Services AASL Standards
Thursday March 8th Elementary Team Meeting 8:30-11:30 TAC 4th Floor AASL Standards
Do you ever find yourself questioning how you have handled a student when you find out too late that something outside of school, or simply outside your library, has impacted the student's ability to pay attention, to act appropriately, to stay awake, etc.?
This topic came up at a recent meeting with new librarians. Sometimes you might feel "out of the loop" about what is going on in students' lives. But consider the other side. When should a counselor, administrator or classroom teacher, give you such information? To answer this, I consulted with Nancy Bond, OPS Counseling Supervisor, and she provided some great insight:
"Confidentiality is always a challenge to navigate...weighing the educational "need to know" with a family/student's privacy is a balancing act. Often counselor's will directly ask a parent/student if they can disclose information to others. Sometimes they are given permission to do so, other times they aren't. In situations where families aren't directly asked, counselors will make judgments about what should be shared. There are often times, when specifics can't be shared, but generalities could be.
I will say as well, that no one wants to violate FERPA or the counseling Code of Ethics, so it wouldn't surprise me that sometimes counselors are a bit overly cautious. If a student shares info with a counselor, and the librarian or another staff member shares this knowledge with a student...the breach of confidentiality makes it hard for a student to trust them next time...
If there is a situation that a librarian specifically wants more information about, he/she could be encouraged to approach the counselor again, saying that they are not asking for specific details of a situation, but merely the general information that could help them as they interact with the student. There is also always the direct route, can't have too many adults letting kids know they care and asking a student some version of... "you don't seem to be yourself today, anything you want to share with me so I could better assist you?"
In last week's newsletter there was information regarding a Google Doodle contest. Our ever knowledgeable McKenzie White brought it to our attention that one of the grand prizes is a $50,000 tech package. We are unsure what this includes as the website is not clear and it is also unclear where to direct questions regarding the contest. BUT, if the tech package includes devices, they would need to be submitted for approval to make sure they would work with all of our existing products. Just wanted you to be aware.
The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!
McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program
Classflow 2: Building and Editing Lessons
Chair, Golden Sower Award Committee
Desert Dark by Sonja Stone
My apologies for the short notice on this. It crept up on me this year. (It was Febr 16th last year!)
Check out a ton of information on this site: http://www.litworld.org/wrad/
Including information on a special Harry Potter related event.
Check this out...listen to a read aloud from an astronaut in space! Cool connection with literacy and STEM https://blog.ozobot.com/2017/12/07/astronaut-tell-kids-bedtime-story/#.Wl6hmqAlldI.twitter
We had such fun with our "what are you thankful for" and "our favorite things" posts in November and December, that we would like to keep the ball rolling into this next semester. Check out the topics below. You can email Courtney with your items to share! As always, pictures are helpful!
February--What is a memory you love about using libraries personally or with your loved ones?
March--Why do you feel "lucky" to be a school librarian?
April--Favorite rainy day reads books
May--Favorite things from second semester
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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).