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PSLA Pulse: Awards

The PSLA Awards Committee is thrilled to announce that nominations for PSLA's 2020 Awards are now open! Are you or your colleagues part of an innovative or exceptional Pennsylvania school library? If so, please consider making a nomination or applying for one of PSLA's 2019 awards! We are currently seeking nominees for the following awards:

 

Outstanding Pennsylvania School Library - This award recognizes outstanding school library programming, instruction, and services which are integral to students' education, and is open to individual schools and/or school districts of any kind or size! Applicants may self nominate. Nomination deadline: June 30th.

 

PA School Library Innovators - Are you proud of an innovative lesson, program, campaign, or community outreach effort? Please consider applying for PA School Library Innovators! We are looking to recognize Pennsylvania school librarians who demonstrate innovation in school librarianship in one of four target areas: Teaching & Learning, Celebrating Reading, Transformative Environment, or Digital Outreach. Nomination deadline: June 30th.

 

Find more information about both of these awards, including nomination materials and scoring rubrics, at https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. While you're there you can learn more about our Outstanding Author/Illustrator, Outstanding Administrator, and Distinguished Service awards too! Please contact committee co-chairs Lauren Strohecker and Melissa Janes at [email protected] with any additional questions.

 

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PSLA Pulse: Librarians' Spotlight

Librarians' Spotlight

So much is happening in PA libraries, and we want to showcase what you are doing! Do you have special programming, an awesome makerspace, a fabulous and favorite lesson, a visiting author, a published article, etc? Please fill out the form below so that we can highlight YOU! You can also highlight other librarians.

https://forms.gle/mLEaqEu8y41qQrbB6

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PSLA Pulse: Spring Updates

We have several items to share with you in today's Pulse.

From the Teaching & Learning Committee

Hopefully you enjoyed your weekend! I often start mine on the drive home with Science Friday through NPR. This website is listed on the AASL Best Websites for good reason! Check it out and get curious!!

Description from AASL:

Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday provides free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for all learners, making science fun for everyone! Science Friday will spark students’ curiosity at a visceral level, on topics from Frankenstein to the La Brea Tar Pits, and from shrinking polar bears to an online rock collection (#neatrocks). There is so much to explore in this child’s world! Science Friday connects digital STEM resources to hands on learning. Some activities in Spanish. Grades 3 and up.

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Teaching & Learning Committee Survey


Hello everyone!
PSLA and the Teaching & Learning committee need to hear from you! 
We opened a survey during the annual conference to hear about your professional development needs and skills. If you haven't replied yet, please spend a few minutes to respond. This survey can guide our offerings over the next year and help meet the needs of our membership.
Thank you for your time!!

Creating a Culture of Collaboration: Strategies for Building Partnerships

Creating a Culture of Collaboration: Strategies for Building Partnerships 
Register Here

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 3 PM Central Time/4 PM Eastern Time

Presented by:
Ellen Stolarski, Librarian St. Marys Area Middle School St. Marys, Pennsylvania
Nancy Jo Lambert, Teacher-Librarian Reedy High School Frisco, TX
Jennifer Casa-Todd, Teacher-Librarian, Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Linda Dougherty, School Librarian & Ed Tech Consultant, St. Louis, Missouri

Webinar Description: 
This webinar will provide a variety of strategies for working with library stakeholders, with a focus on ways to build connections in terms of research and information literacy skills. This webinar will be presented by our 2018 ISTELib PLN Secondary award winner Ellen Stolarski.

Presenter Bio:
Ellen Stolarski is a librarian at a rural school library in Pennsylvania. As a librarian, she works to promote collaboration, technology,  a love of reading, and information literacy skills in her school.  She has participated in several programs outside of her library including PSLA's Emerging Leader Program (2014-15) and ILEADUSA (2016). She is also the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award committee. She is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and was awarded the ISTE Librarians Network PLN Secondary award in 2018.

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AASL Best Websites & Highlights: Classcraft

Each week the Teaching and Learning Committee plans to highlight one app or website from either the 2018 AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning or the 2018 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and LearningShare with any stakeholders who may benefit! 
Ready for some gamification activities this spring? Want a new, fun way to reinforce positive behavior? Feeling heroic?! Have we got the website for you!
Description from AASL:
Classcraft transforms classrooms through avatars, gamification, and creating immersive play that promotes self-actualization, engagement, and collaboration for students. Teachers can reshape lessons into quests in which students choose their own adventure or work as collaborative teams that build positive classroom culture. Classcraft offers a wide range of features to continually keep the game(s) fresh, including a random selector for elements of surprise, a timer/countdown, random events added to the story, a live volume meter, boss battles for formative assessments, and a grade converter to make points earned meaningful. Full integration with both Google & Microsoft Classroom and compatibility across platforms as well as extensive teacher resources make this site an educator’s and student’s technology dream. Basic account is free with fee subscriptions for advanced settings. Grades 4 and up.

PSLA Members - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Hello PSLA Members!

On February 20, Rep. Mark Longietti (D, serving part of Mercer County) and Rep. Thomas Murt (R, serving parts of serving Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties) proposed a new House bill that would ensure a certified school librarian in every public school. On February 25, Sen. John Blake (D- serving Lackawanna, and parts of Luzerne and Monroe Counties) proposed a complementary bill in the Senate. At this time, the bills have not yet been numbered. However, this period is a critical time when co-sponsors are being sought to sign the bills in both chambers.

Now is the time to contact your legislators!

Go to http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#addresst and type in your home address to find your PA House and Senate legislators. Click on his/her name, locate their email form, and copy the following text to them.

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STEM/Makerspace at the PSLA Conference

Diversity by Design

Are you registered for the PSLA Conference? Starting to plan your agenda for the 2019 PSLA Conference? Check out these awesome workshop sessions related to Makerspaces/STEM! Coming soon information about Makerspace activities in the Exhibit Hall!

  • STEAM Success in the K-6 Library Media Center ~ Have you jumped on the STEAM engine in your library? Two units will be presented for K-3 and 4-6, as well as other STEAM activities, storytime STEM, and this session allows for hands-on participation.  Presented by Cindy Rizzolino, Nazareth Area School District  

  • Pairing Diverse Books with Hands-on STEM Activities ~An elementary teacher librarian and museum educator from the Franklin Institute will help you uncover how integrating STEM activities with favorite multiculturally diverse children’s books can broaden access to STEM/Literacy for students. This session provides attendees with ideas and strategies for classrooms and libraries.  Presented by Eva Thomas, Pocopson Elementary School

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AASL Best Websites & Apps: Engaging Congress

Presidents Day is here, but as we have re-learned lately, Congress holds plenty of power and important decisions as well! Watch videos, explore primary documents, and practice with real-world challenges in this free and invaluable app!
Description from AASL:

Engaging Congress is a fun, interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges they face in contemporary society.

Platform: iOS, Android   Grades: Middle School

 

Save Librarians/Libraries in Philly: Sign the Petition

Please sign the following petition to encourage Philadelphia leaders to reinstate school libraries and librarians for the School District of Philadelphia. And then please share the email with your friends and colleagues plus push it out on social media. EveryLibrary (also the creator of SaveSchoolLibrarians.org) is working with PSLA and others to help us get legislation in PA to require public schools to employ certified school librarians. Let’s show them that we can rally local support! Come on! You probably are having a snow day anyway!  More importantly, we need to stand together so that ALL K-12 students have school libraries and certified librarians!

P.S. This is a legitimate site. There will be an opportunity to donate to EveryLibrary after you sign the petition, but you do not have to donate. EveryLibrary is a non-profit but your donations are not tax-deductible as they are used for legislative advocacy work.

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Our students aren't getting the quality education that they deserve! Please sign this petition to help us fight back!

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#PALIBCHAT: 2/13/19

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PSLA Membership Profile Picture Contest

Let’s Connect!  

Sometimes we know faces from the conference, sometimes we know names from the listserv.  Let’s connect names and faces!  

From now until March 1, anyone that has a picture (actual picture of oneself or a Bitmoji in the likeness of oneself) in their PSLA website profile will be entered into a contest for a $25 Amazon gift card.  

Take time now to update your picture and your contact information!  We will announce the winners via the PSLA Facebook page.

2-Year Membership Benefit Announced

As an added benefit to our members in the Active and Active Retired categories, PSLA has created a membership option that will allow you to join or renew your membership for 2 years at one time for $110, a savings of $10. The option is available upon initial registration or renewal. If a member requests or is required to change their member classification during that 2 year period, no refund of the price difference will be made. Follow this link to join or renew: https://www.psla.org/join-or-renew.

PSLA Conference: Poster and Makerspace Applications Open

Are you a librarian who has an idea to share?  If so, the PSLA Annual Conference Diversity by Design has two perfect opportunities for you.

Poster Session
We are happy to announce that you can participate in the Poster Session at the 2019 Annual Conference. Please submit your application by February 15, 2019. The application is attached as well as can be found on the Conference website. The Poster Session occurs during a one-hour informal setting on Friday, March 29th, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and supports the theme of our conference Diversity by Design. The Poster Session takes place in the Exhibit Hall and does not conflict with workshop sessions.
Posters topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • a description of innovative library lessons or programs

  • an analysis of a solution to a problem

  • a report of a research study





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Legislative Update Jan 4, 2019

Now that the mid-term elections are over, both the US Congress and the PA General Assembly are reorganizing. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Dem) has just been named Speaker of the US House and now committee assignments will begin. In our state legislature, leadership positions have been decided but committees not yet finalized. The PA House and Senate Education and Appropriations Committees will be most important for PSLA members as we push to have companion bills in both the House and Senate to ensure certified school librarians in every public school during.

Although the PA House and Senate remain in Republican control as the majority party, there have been many changes (see below) due to elections and recent redistricting.  

Go to the PA General Assembly site to lookup who represents both your home address and that of your school (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/). Scroll down to “Find My Legislator” and enter your addresses.

In coming months PSLA will engage in a vigorous campaign to support school library legislation. Know who represents you!

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Update: July 30, 2018 Board Meeting

Please see the attached document for an update from the July 30, 2018, Board Meeting.

Board Minutes