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Check It Out: September 30, 2020
Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff
bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual--writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal.
We Want to Do More Than Survive
Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists. Drawing on her life's work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through radical civic initiatives and movements.
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is ongoing.
Felix Ever After
From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.
Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. . Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American--grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
EDUCOLOR was founded by people of color, with people of color, for people of color. We are an inclusive collective coming from many parts of the education sector, including educational technology, education policy, and higher education. We use democratic processes to reach objectives and goals. Our team is way strong. We currently have 26 members from across the country and internationally. We have expertise in the areas of pedagogy, research, educational technology, and education policy.
Teaching While White (TWW) seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because "white" does not mean a blank slate. It is a set of assumptions that is the baseline from which everything is judged; it is what passes for normal. TWW wants to have conversations about those assumptions: what they are, how they impact our students, and how we can confront our bias to promote racial literacy.
We're a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting
#ClearTheAir is a group of educators who believe:
community, learning and dialogue are essential to our personal and professional development
we have the power and responsibility to lay the foundations necessary to create a more just and equitable society
education is a vehicle for social change
Texts that seek to raise the collective American consciousness are rendered futile without concrete systemic changes.
Published in The Atlantic by Saida Grundy
July 21, 2020.
Office Hours October 1 and 2
During your plan and preparation time on Thursday, I will have office hours for questions regarding curriculum and scheduling. Below are the times for my office hours as well as the link to the meeting in Teams.
I know several of you have questions about the Holds process in LS2 PAC. I will have office hours on Thursday and Friday to walk through the process of Holds in LS2 PAC and to answer any questions. Below are the times for my office hours as well as the link to the meeting in Teams. Your library paraprofessionals are welcome to join as well.
This series of infographics highlights diversity gaps in many areas of society beyond books.
Teach Students About Voting
These free virtual and in-class creative activities on voting and elections invite student voice and power to actively take part in the U.S. electoral system. Our hands-on projects are designed for all grades, elementary to college, and across multiple subject areas beyond civics and social sciences - including math, history, science, business, and digital arts.
October 6, 5 p.m. ET What it means to be ‘news-literate’: Introduction to news literacy education
Learn key news literacy skills that students must know to be reliably informed. These include identifying misinformation, applying fact-checking and digital verification skills, understanding standards of quality journalism, and recognizing types and forms of bias.
October 13, 5 p.m. ET Exploring the misinformation landscape
Learn how to teach students to stop using the term “fake news” and to identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate and false information. We use examples of misinformation to engage students in news literacy and civic learning, and introduce digital verification tools for identifying manipulated and false images. We also explain effective strategies for debunking misinformation.
October 20, 5 p.m. ET Teaching digital verification to spark news literacy learning
Dive into the tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of information and learn to create engaging fact-checking missions that inspire students to investigate viral content online. Topics include using reverse image searches; using archivers to explore deleted or changed web content; developing observation skills to detect false context; and using Google Street View to confirm locations.
October 27, 5 p.m. ET Understanding bias: A nuanced approach to a vital news literacy topic
People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? What role do our own biases play in our perceptions of bias? We'll explore this complex topic in ways that empower students to meaningfully evaluate the fairness and impartiality of news coverage.
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).