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Check It Out: September 30, 2020

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Teaching to Transgress

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.

There There

 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.

Julia Torres Resources

Office Hours October 1 and 2

Laura Pietsch

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. 

Thursday, October 1:  10:00 AM

Thursday, October 1:  2:00 PM 

Scheduling and Curriculum Meeting

Stacy Lickteig

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.

Thursday, October 1st : 9:00 am

Thursday, October 1st:  2:00 pm

Friday, October 2nd:      9:00 am

Holds in LS2 PAC Team Meeting

Please let me know if you have questions, thanks.

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.

Free PD: News Literacy!

Fall News Literacy Series: Skills students must learn to be reliably informed

Join the News Literacy Project for this free four-part professional development series and hone your skills in helping students make sense of news and other types of information. This series is generously sponsored by SmartNews.

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.


Get Rolling!

NSLA School Librarians Day!

Nebraska School Librarians Day will be held online Saturday October 17th from 9:30-1:30 CST.

Attendees can choose two live sessions to attend.  All choice sessions will be recorded, and registrants can access them after the event

Register Here. Last day to register is October 10th.

Cost is $30 for Members/$60 for Non-Members or $15 for Student Members/$30 for Student Non-Members. One year of NSLA membership is included with registration for all non-members.

Halloween Bulletin Boards

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).