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Check It Out: February 7, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Upcoming Events:

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

Elementary Team Plan Day March 8, 2018

Digital Learning Day February 22, 2018

Celebrate Digital Learning Day- February 22, 2018

Digital Learning Day was started in 2012 as a way to share and highlight how teachers include digital resources and applications to enhance student learning.

Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience.

How can your class participate?

Check out the resources by visiting the link below.

Plan learning activities that include digital learning on February 22nd.

Take pictures/videos and share to social media with the hashtags #DLDay and #OPSProud.

Include a mention of @opstechtrainers in your Tweets and Facebook postsand we will spread the greatness!

2018 Digital Learning Day Resources

Technology Training Sessions

Interested in learning more about technology opportunities such as ClassFlow? Below is a list of sessions you can sign up for on Use your district e-login as the username and your employee number as the password. These training sessions are open to elementary and secondary school teachers and stipends for attendance will be paid when offered during non-duty hours.

A sneak peek of the technology training opportunities are also pictured below. Check regularly as NEW training sessions are added often.

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

Learning Goals

Learning goals are an essential component of a guaranteed and viable curriculum. They help guide student learning and provide focus for daily instruction. Take a moment to look through the slides below to learn more about crafting learning goals. 

**Remember, the A+ Curriculum Guides located in our Library Services notebook, include built in learning goals for the skills in the pacing guide sections. You can also refer to Section 2 of the Best Instructional Practices Handbook for additional guidance.

Your learning goal should be clearly posted in your library each day.  How do you post your learning goals?  (Please send Courtney examples of your posted learning goals to share with your colleagues in an upcoming newsletter.)


The flip book featured above should be available in your buildings.

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).