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Check It Out: 5/8/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Video on Cleaning Up Your News Feed

This is a great tutorial for filtering through your feed to recognize a fake post. Well worth the 12 minute view. Great tip for the students.  This might be a good one to share with staff too.  Thank you Cindy Jackson for sharing!

AASL Standards Survey Closes Today

AASL Standards Survey Closes Today

AASL invites all those involved in the school library profession and school library stakeholders, including school and district administrators and educator collaborators, to participate in a community survey to share insights and experience with the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

Please participate in and share this research opportunity widely with your colleagues and the school library stakeholders you collaborate with in your buildings and districts and invite them to participate.

A school librarian’s roles reach across grade levels and content areas, schools and districts. How well the National School Library Standards and implementation tools are meeting the profession’s needs, aligning with stakeholder priorities, and facilitating successful collaborations is important to AASL.

Surveys close TODAY. We recommend taking this survey on a computer or tablet, as some of the questions may be difficult to view on a mobile phone. Please click on the link below or copy and paste the address into your Internet browser to begin:

School Library Survey:

Stakeholder Survey:

Please be assured that your remarks are confidential. This survey is for research purposes only.

  • The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • The survey tool will remember respondents’ IP addresses, allowing you to leave the survey and come back to complete your response before the deadline.
  • Individual responses will remain strictly confidential. The information you provide will only be viewed together with the responses of others, and your information will never be shared with a third party.

The intention of this data collection is to involve as many voices as possible to ensure all facets of the school library world and its educational stakeholders are heard. This is the most inclusive phase of research and your best opportunity to share information that will influence materials, resources, and support for the AASL Standards. Your feedback will make a difference!

For more information, visit

Elementary Technology Curriculum/Pacing Guide Feedback Needed

Live Webcast with Veronica Roth THIS FRIDAY

Live Streaming Event with Veronica Roth
Friday, May 10, 2019
1:45-2:45 PM ET, 10:45-11:45 AM PT

Join Veronica Roth LIVE as she returns to her middle school alma mater to talk with current students about her path to becoming a published author, the process of active brainstorming, and how to tap into the creativity within us all. 
Register Now!
Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection) and the Carve the Mark series (Carve the Mark, The Fates Divide). Her short stories and essays have appeared in the anthologies Summer Days and Summer Nights, Shards and Ashes, and Three Sides of a Heart. The Divergent Series was developed into three major motion pictures.
Veronica grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University. She now lives in Chicago proper with her husband and dog and writes full-time

Can't make it May 10th? No problem!
Register now and we will email you when the webcast is available for on-demand viewing.

SLJ-- Makerspace Made Easy

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of setting up a makerspace in your library. If you are an elementary librarian with a fixed schedule, you may think that you don’t have the time or the space for a makerspace. Creating a makerspace is not as difficult as it seems. The key is to start out small and build your makerspace one step at a time.

Scholarship Opportunity for OPS Teachers



Purpose: To provide annual scholarships to classroom teachers in Omaha Public Schools who are currently enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and are working toward a School Library endorsement or toward a Masters degree that includes a School Library endorsement.  The intention of all applicants should be to work in a public school library setting.

Amount: $1500 payable to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  The scholarships will be renewable for a second year if a 3.0 GPA has been maintained.  Verification of enrollment and GPA for renewal must be sent to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation for payment directly to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Eligible Recipients: Teachers in Omaha Public Schools who are currently enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and are working toward a School Library endorsement or toward a Masters degree that includes a School Library endorsement with the intention of working in a public school library setting.  Renewable for a second year if a 3.0 GPA is maintained with a continued focus on School Library education.  Transcript must be sent to Omaha Public Schools Foundation if renewal for a second year is being requested.     

Selection Criteria:          

- Recipient must be a teacher in the Omaha Public School District.

- Recipient must already be enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and working toward a School Library endorsement or a Masters degree that includes a School Library endorsement.

- Recipient must have and maintain at 3.0 GPA.

- Recipient must submit a one-page essay on each of the following topics: “Why are you considering school librarianship as a profession?” and “How will your classroom experience be useful to you as a school librarian?”

Send one page essay directly to Dr. Pasco at as an attachment and include name and school site for purposes of identification.

10 Metacognitive Prompts To Help Students Reflect On Their Learning

Strategies reflect Bloom's Taxonomy

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).