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Check It Out: 2/27/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

NewseumED offers free resources to cultivate the First Amendment and media literacy skills essential to civic life. Learn how to authenticate, analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources and put current events in historical context through standards-aligned lesson plans, videos, primary sources, virtual classes and programs.

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Our online tools make history, civics and media literacy relevant to students’ lives by leveraging the Newseum’s collection to provide surprising and enlightening approaches to today’s pressing issues. We use the First Amendment as a springboard to illuminate the challenges of democracy and the importance of making informed decisions in a diverse and demanding world.

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

Global Oneness Empathy Collection

Learning empathy through stories is a powerful tool for students. Stories are universal. They contain a unique power that leads to self-reflection, compassion, and the ability to bear witness to multiple perspectives in an ever-changing world.

We've created an Empathy Collection containing 15 stories and lesson plans to foster empathy in the classroom. Students meet individuals and communities from different backgrounds and geographic locations who are facing challenging global issues such as climate change, drought, gentrification, immigration, migration, poverty, and war. Each story and lesson examines these issues from a humanistic perspective.

Students, in turn, are asked to reflect on their own lives through the lessons' discussion and writing prompts. The following is one of my favorite questions from the lesson "Our Shared Humanity," a companion to the film My Enemy, My Brother by Ann Shin: Do you think positive human characteristics (such as love, empathy, and compassion) have the ability to cut across other "borders," such as gender, race, ethnicity, or different economic backgrounds?

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Social Justice and Diversity Book Bank

This resource helps you search through a large number of books.  You can use a keyword search or search by category.  It is important to still read reviews of these books to determine if they are a good fit for your school's collection.  Compiled by the Candadian Children's Book Centre.

Picture Books For Inquiry

     First and foremost we want to send our heartfelt thanks for your commitment to this powerful journey towards adopting a more meaningful and fulfilling educational experience for our children. Our kids need change. They need educators who are passionate and caring and inquirers themselves. We are incredibly honoured to be on this learning journey together and thank you for downloading, implementing and sharing this resource! Now, let’s get to it!
     This Picture Books for Inquiry resource is full of some of our favourite picture books for the Inquiry Classroom. We absolutely love these picture books because they support creating a classroom culture that honours questions, sparks curiosity and invites student voice and choice.

Created by Trevor Mackenzie and Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt

1 Way to Express Learning After Inquiry--Visible Tug of War

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 (531-299-9822).

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 (531-299-9822).