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Check It Out: March 21, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

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Library of Congress Seeking Feedback

Tell Us How the Library of Congress Can Support You!!

Greetings from the Library of Congress!

We are requesting your valuable input as part of our research in envisioning the Library of Congress’ future. Please take a few moments to complete a survey about your work with K-12 students. The information you provide will help us to improve services and deliver high-quality experiences for K-12 students, librarians, and teachers.

Please begin the survey by clicking here.

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If you know other K-12 educators interested in sharing their thoughts with the Library of Congress, please feel free to share the survey link.

Thank you in advance for your time and input. We will read every comment we receive.

ASCD SmartBrief

ASCD SmartBrief is our free daily e-mail newsletter. You'll receive summaries of what matters to you, written by expert editors to save you time and keep you informed and prepared. This e-mail is a daily snapshot of the education community with news from Education Week, the Washington Post, and other leading sources.
Over 200,000 K–12 educators like you already use this daily resource to empower their learning, enhance their professional development, and stay up-to-date on the latest headlines, trends, tips, how-to's and best practices.

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Level Up Your Classroom Assessments: Are You Game?

Simulations, genius hours, and project-based learning have seen a dramatic rise in classrooms nationwide as educators aim to inspire and prepare a new generation of students. Yet, even as pedagogy shifts toward innovation and engagement, the metrics by which students are assessed are still largely predicated on the rote recall that characterized last century's assessments.

Assessment practices must transform to be meaningful to both students and educators. Meaningful metrics reveal new information to students and teachers: what went well, areas for improvement, and next steps for teaching and learning. What's more, assessments are most effective if they excite and engage our students toward continued growth. Formative assessment delivered through game-based learning can meet all these criteria.

Unlike traditional, summative assessments, games allow teachers to observe learning in real time and quickly pivot on instruction, meeting students where they are while actively scaffolding their growth.

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

Gomez Heritage Elementary Little Library

We wrote a grant for a little library which we modified for use in our outdoor classroom.  We had students decorate our "outdoor library" and installed it in the outdoor classroom. The collection is separate from our library collection (students read the books in the outdoor classroom, no books leave this area, and no check out) with book funding provided from our remaining scholastic dollars. (Robert Schull & Donna Garcia--school librarians at Gomez Heritage)

Paleosleuths from NET

The Great Plains have been the source of rich contributions to the study of paleontology. Discover lesson plans and activities (Grades K-12) from NET that will allow you and your students to interpret the study of paleontology as it uncovers the history of life on earth.

Colorful Display Ideas

The Journey to Authentic YA

The Journey to Authentic YA Representation with Arvin Ahmadi

"One of the great things about YA right now is we're getting more and more diverse books."
Arvin Ahmadi, the author of Down And Across, speaks about the importance of representation in books, and how we shine a light on it.

YALSA Teen Literacies Toolkit

Teen Literacies ToolkitDownload the print version (PDF) or view the web version.

Created by the Literacies Toolkit Resource Retreat Participants
August 2017

About the Kit

In this toolkit, we use the “fake news” phenomenon as an approach to addressing multiple literacies. We re-examine and discuss culturally-inclusive literacies strategies library staff can use with teens to help them make sense of their world and build a robust set of skills as they prepare to enter college or start careers.  YALSA would like to thank Hailley Fargo, Kristin Fontichiaro, Jennifer Luetkemeyer, Trent McLees, Renee McGrath, Allison Renner, and Julie Stivers for participating in the creation of this toolkit.

Use and Reproduction of the Kit

YALSA’s Teen Literacies Toolkit may be reproduced under “fair use” standards. As stated in Section 107 of The Copyright Act of 1976, factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

Say Something

Say Something: Student Leader Guide | Sandy Hook PromiseSay Something: Educator Guide | Sandy Hook Promise

This easy-to-use guide is designed to assist adult educators in delivering and sustaining the Say Something program. It includes tips for getting started, key messages and action steps to emphasize, and ideas, activities and resources for supporting young people in carrying out Say Something throughout the year.

For more information, check out the Say Something digital course and Sandy Hook Promise.

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).