Common Sense Education Pathway

Professional Learning Program webinar series

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2020 Webinar 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.

This webinar series is open to any Nebraska and Iowa educators provided by Common Sense Regional Outreach Manager, Melissa Cleaver. Recordings will be made of sessions to review at your leisure. If you are an Omaha Public School educator you are eligible for a professional learning stipend if you attend the live event outside of duty hours. Thanks to a generous grant from Sherwood Foundation and Common Sense Education.
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Click on the link below to connect via Zoom on the date of the session OR access the Zoom recording after the session.

Click below to see which schools have earned their Common Sense Recognition in OPS

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Connecting Families: Helping Families Navigate Their Digital Lives

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators, Parent Liaisons, Administrators

Session 1- 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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Session 2 - 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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Parents are very concerned about their children's digital lives, but they often don’t get the resources or education to help them understand key issues their children face with media. Learn about how to educate and engage parents through Common Sense Education’s Connecting Families Program. This program helps parents and caregivers navigate and discuss the impact of digital media on kids' social, emotional, and intellectual development, including discussion guides, tip sheets, videos, presentation materials to host a parent event, and much more. Together, schools and parents can empower young people to harness the power of the media and technology for learning and life — both in the classroom and at home. These resources are available in both English and Spanish at no cost. Space provided to share ideas and bring your ideas!

Thursday, April 23rd -National Library Week CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Empowering Students to Think Critically of News & Media Literacy

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators w/ focus on Library Media Specialist & ELA educators

Session 1- 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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Session 2 - 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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Special Guest: McKenzie White, Omaha Public Schools Library Services Lead Teacher. How can you avoid being fooled by fake videos and other information online? How can filter bubbles limit the information we're exposed to? What rights to fair use do you have as a creator? More now than ever, we must prepare students to identify credible and trustworthy information and reflect on their responsibilities as thoughtful media creators and consumers. Join us as we explore these questions and more with news and media activities from Common Sense Education’s New Digital Citizenship Curriculum & explore the NEW Common Sense News Media Literacy Resource Center , available free to educators. You will leave with tips and resources you can use immediately to encourage students to dive past the headlines and think critically about news & media.


Attend any of the above LIVE sessions will count for TWO

Common Sense Recognition 'LEARN' requirements.

Watch a recorded session & respond to the session survey will count for ONE

Common Sense Recognition 'LEARN' requirement

In Development...Summer Series

Online Privacy: Practical Things Educators CAN Do

Do you know how the apps you're using use and share student information? Learn how to navigate Common Sense's new privacy evaluations and offer concrete best practices for managing the risks for students. Explore the importance of privacy and data use for educators. Share how one Nebraska district uses these evaluations to guide privacy practices and learn from others.
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PAST SESSION: Wednesday, January 29th

We are Launching our NEW Common Sense Webinar Series on NE Loves Public Schools Day

Creating a DigCit Culture (Session Recording: Click Here)

Audience: PK-12 Educators


In the culture shift continuum, change often occurs after a “crisis”. How can we take a preventative approach to change school culture? Join Common Sense Education Out Reach Manager, Melissa Cleaver to learn about three elements necessary to create a positive culture of digital citizenship. In this session, you will explore how to build students’ skills & habits of mind when navigating digital dilemmas, help families manage technology use at home and develop the capacity of your staff to integrate digital citizenship instruction in your school’s teaching & learning framework. Participants will leave with ideas, free resources and a plan template to create a culture of digital citizenship in their classroom or school through Common Sense Education’s Recognition program.

PAST SESSION: Wednesday, February 5th

Enhance Your Content Area with Common Sense Curriculum

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators

Session Recording (Click Here)


In this session we will explore how the new Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum aligns with your curriculum to work smarter not harder. Whether you teach elementary or secondary. Human Growth and Development or English Language Arts. You are a Librarian or Counselor. Explore the Common Sense Curriculum's 6 themes to enhance your curriculum and benefits your students learning.

  1. Media Balance & Well-Being
  2. Privacy & Security
  3. Digital Footprint & Identity
  4. Relationships & Communication
  5. Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech
  6. News & Media Literacy

PAST SESSION: Thursday, February 13th LUNCH & LEARN

Common Sense Recognition Program: Apply NOW!

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators

No recording. If interested join us on March 5th for this same topic!

PAST SESSION: Thursday, February 27th - Digital Learning Day

This Session Cross connects to the OPS Digital Classroom Management Pathway

Engage Students & Enrich Learning With Technology -Session Recording (Click Here)

with special guests OPS Tech Trainers Michelle Blanchard & McKenzie White

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators


With so many educational apps and websites out there, choosing the right tools to enhance your instruction can be overwhelming at times. In this session you will review a pedagogical approach to choosing technology, explore strategies for technology use and search for the best tools using Common Sense Education's Ratings and Reviews. You will leave with ideas on how to; create class culture and norms around device use, integrate meaningful feedback in lessons and encourage your students to be creators and collaborators.

Thursday, March 5th LUNCH & LEARN

Common Sense Recognition Program: Apply NOW! -Session Recording click here

Audience: PreK-12th grade Educators


If you are teaching Common Sense lessons learn how easy it is to become a Common Sense Educator! Common Sense School! and Common Sense District! If you haven't yet taught a lesson, we will explore the free Common Sense lessons and resources. Then help you develop a plan for you, your school or district to earn Common Sense Recognition. We will review requirements, explore the resources and walk through the easy application process. Time will be allotted during this session to submit you and/or your schools Common Sense recognition application.

Nebraska Common Sense Education Webinar Series w/ Melissa Cleaver

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