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Check It Out: Nov. 18, 2020

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Getting My Things in Order

Today, I am working on projects for next summer and the 2021-22 school year, and I am reminded just how quickly a year passes even when the days seem long.

I think about the hard work you do each day to raise student achievement in OPS. Because that is your foundational work, isn't it? Whether through sparking student interest in reading, helping students navigate information resources, or teaching students to ask questions and think critically, you make a difference. You impact achievement. The work is rewarding but hard, and made harder still by the pandemic and the uncertainty and anxiety it adds not only to our lives, but the lives of our students and their families

And yet you persist. The positivity, the perseverance and the creativity you bring to your job is inspiring.

As Rahm Emanuel once said, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste." Teach online? You did it. Library on a cart? It's happening. Checking out materials in a pandemic? Been there, done that!

Thank you for showing up, for touching students' lives in a positive way. 


Focus on Diversity

Use this self-assessment to discover where you may hold unconscious bias and discover strategies to reduce its impact. Gain perspective with this powerful tool!

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Recognition Series

Common Sense Education is the nations leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Teach students to thrive in the digital age with free, research backed lessons and resources.

OTL/Digital Citizenship Recognition Series

The purpose of this series is to create a digital citizenship professional learning community. Together this OTL PLC will use the 3 phased-approach to developing school wide digital citizenship plans to support their school's students, teachers and parent community. A space will be provided in each session to share and discuss strategies to learn together and support increasing the number of Common Sense Recognized educators and schools in order for us to maintain our District goal to be a Common Sense Recognized District. This is YOUR space to learn from each other as well as receive the most up-to-date Common Sense resources to support your school needs.

OTL's that participate in the LIVE sessions will receive extra duty pay, and can invite 1 additional person from their buildings Tech Committee, MTSSB team or school leadership team to join and they will also receive extra duty pay for attending.

For more information on this Series here is a link to the Smore:

Outstanding International Book Award


The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is a nonprofit organization devoted to building bridges of international understanding through children's and young adult books; it serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

Their website is worth a visit, and for those looking to diversify their collections, check out the 2020 Outstanding Internatioanl Book Award winners below>

Pie Poll Results

And the winner is...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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WEBINAR sponsored by Encyclopedia Britannica

Poetry, Hip-hop, & Youth Voice: Using the Arts to Improve Classroom Engagement

Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 3 PM CT

Demco December Activity Calendar

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).