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Registration Open - Leading At Any Level (LAAL) Regional Leadership Training

Registration Open! - Leading At Any Level Workshop

Join us for the 2019-2020 Leading At Any Level: Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians.  

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Registration Open! - Leading At Any Level Workshop in Hershey, PA

Join us for the 2019-2020 Leading At Any Level: Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians.The Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians experience is a collaborative initiative of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program.

Leading At Any Level, created and presented by lead instructor David Bendekovic of the B. A. David Company, is a one-day workshop designed to develop leaders at every level: school librarians, administrators, paraprofessionals, educators of school librarians, and students in school library programs. The workshop will focus on taking ownership of thinking, feeling, and actions for personal and career development.


September 21, 2019

9:00 am - 9:30 am - On-site Registration

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Announcing the 2019-2020 Leadership Development for PA School Librarians

 We are proud to announce the 2019-2020 Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians. The Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians experience is a collaborative initiative of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program.

Leadership Development for PA School Librarians2 

We will kick off this year’s activities with a foundational leadership workshop, Leading At Any Level (LAAL). The leadership workshop, available to ALL PSLA active and associate members, will be at no cost to the attendees. Each workshop will have open registration for up to thirty (30) participants.

ACT 48 hours will be provided.

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2020 Concurrent Session Proposals are now open!

Share your superpower at the 
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
 2020 Annual Conference! 

What is your library superpower? Curation? Media Literacy? Collection? Programing? Makerspace? 

Share your projects, ideas, and knowledge through a  session!


Presenting is a great way to grow as a professional, share new ideas, and celebrate your accomplishments. Sign up today to present at the 2020 PSLA Conference and inspire others. Session ideas and the proposal submission form can be found here.  

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PSLA Member Earns Spot on AASL School Leader Collaborative

Congratulations to our very own PSLA member Kelly Gustafson for being selected to serve on the AASL School Leader Collaborative. The “AASL School Leader Collaborative: Administrators & School Librarians Transforming Teaching and Learning” is a two-year initiative that aims to strengthen AASL’s collaboration with school administrators. This initiative champions the school librarian’s integral role in teaching and learning. Support for the initiative is provided by OverDrive Education (from the ALA Website, see below for more information).

Kelly is the principal at Pine-Richland School District in Wexford, Pennsylvania. She was nominated by M. E. Shenefiel.

We are so proud of her and her dedication to supporting school libraries!

http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2019/08/aasl-selects-seven-school-administrators-serve-its-school-leader-collaborative

Behind the Scenes: Sharing Your Gifts

Behind the Scenes: Sharing Your Gifts

Dear PSLA Members-

As I write my first PSLA Pulse as president of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, I can’t help but reflect back to when I became a student member in 1992. As a nontraditional student at Millersville University and under the tutelage of Dr. Marge Tassia, becoming a PSLA membership was an easy choice for me. A few years later as a middle school librarian I recall reading a letter in Learning and Media (previously PSLA’s quarterly journal) by President Sally Myers. She expressed how important it was for all PSLA members to answer the call to volunteer in order to keep the school library profession and the association vibrant and healthy. I was inspired to join my first PSLA committee that year. 

Fast forward to July 2019. Eighty PSLA members spent a hot, summer July day in Hershey, PA answering the same call at the 2019 PSLA Summit. The excitement and energy in the room as we worked to strategize and plan for each of the PSLA committees for the upcoming year was and always is inspiring and fills me with pride for our association. The work that these Committee Co-chairs and members do during the Summit and throughout the year has a huge impact on what the association has to offer PSLA members and all school librarians in Pennsylvania. There is no way to describe this impact in this short space. From communications, professional development opportunities, local and state advocacy efforts, a quality annual conference, recognition of outstanding school librarians and stakeholders, quality literature reviews to the governance and operations of our association - it takes a large team of committed and passionate volunteers to keep PSLA moving forward. But what I want all PSLA members to know is that getting involved in our association committees, task groups and leadership opens your own eyes to the limitless ways we can all work to make our profession better.  Stepping up and volunteering in PSLA is rewarding for the association but also for all of us as individuals. Personal growth is always a benefit when we work together as a team. It also reinforces the theory that many hands make small work! I know that ALL librarians have special talents and gifts. Whatever they may be – I’m sure we can use them to impact PSLA, school librarians and Pennsylvania students.

Speaking of stepping up and volunteering... I’m honored to announce that Sandy Reilly, from Pleasant Valley High School, Pleasant Valley School District, will be the new PSLA treasurer for the remainder of the 2019-2020 term. The PSLA Board is very excited about Sandy‘s willingness to serve PSLA in this new capacity and share her expertise. Sandy has given her time and talent to PSLA in many ways since she has been a member through the conference committee, the LSTA leadership academies, conference presenter and through her local affiliate.

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Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs (2019)

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Glenn R. Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs

I am pleased to announce that the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) reviewed and approved a new set of Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs (PDF) at its most recent meeting in Carlisle on May 30, 2019. 

Designed to complement the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (American Association of School Librarians, 2018), the Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs (PDF) identifies and builds upon eight indicators for an effective school library program by providing goals, guidelines, and resources that will promote excellence in Pennsylvania school libraries and will result in highly positive learning outcomes. 

The guidelines are intended for use by school librarians, school administrators, classroom educators, families, community members, public library staff and board members, and university library science programs.


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Seeking PSLA Leadership Candidates

Have you ever considered running for a two-year PSLA Director position, for PSLA Treasurer, or even for an Officer position? The PSLA Leadership Development Task Group is responsible for creating a slate of nominees for the 2020-22 PSLA Board of Directors.


If you say “Yes,” as a prospective nominee, you would need to fill out a Leadership Development survey in order to be considered for a position as a candidate. The survey questions are meant to provide information about each candidate, so the membership can make an informed decision when voting. The newly established Leadership Development Task Group, made up of six (6) PSLA members from across the state, will review the prospective nominees before names can be considered for the official slate. This procedure is new for the 2020 PSLA election.  Once the slate of nominees is approved by the PSLA Board, the election will take place in the spring. Successful candidates will begin their terms on July 1, 2020.


Prospective nominees   must complete this survey to be considered a candidate. 


Link to Leadership Development Survey


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July: Spotlight Librarian

July Librarians' Spotlight: Matthew Good, Librarian, Donegal Junior High School

Congratulations Matthew, and thank you for all that you do for your students and community!

Would you like to be our next Spotlight Librarian? Nominate yourself or a colleague using this form.

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PSLA Awards Nominations Due June 30th!

Hello from the PSLA Awards Committee! We hope that your summer is off to a wonderful start, and wanted to remind you that nominations for two of PSLA’s awards are due June 30th! Are you or your colleagues part of an innovative or exceptional Pennsylvania school library? If so, please consider applying or nominating a colleague for one of our 2020 Awards!
 
Outstanding Pennsylvania School Library - Recognizing Outstanding school library programming, instruction, and services which are integral to students’ education. The award 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 - Recognizing Pennsylvania school librarians who demonstrate innovation in school librarianship in one of four target areas: Teaching & Learning, Celebrating Reading, Transformative Environment, or Digital Outreach. 
Find more information, 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-chair Lauren Strohecker at [email protected] with any additional questions.
 
Thank you for helping us recognize the efforts of Pennsylvania school librarians!
 

Build a Collaboration Action Plan with the AASL National School Library Standards: Stage 2 Training

Build a Collaboration Action Plan with the AASL National School Library Standards: Stage 2 Training

Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program

Build and strengthen your collaboration with teachers through aligning the American Association of School Librarians National School Library Standards with the PA Core Standards as well as with the ISTE Standards for Students. You’ll create an action plan for collaborating with teachers to promote information and digital literacy across the curriculum for all learners, both students and teachers. These aligned Standards provide a solid foundation for developing learner competencies in information fluency and have credibility with administrators and educators. Whatever your situation – one school or multiple schools, solo in your district, fresh from the classroom, or assuming new teaching responsibilities – you’ll take away an action plan to tackle how to collaborate effectively with teachers to help your learners.

Bring your most successful information literacy lesson plan and learn how to align it with these standards and transform the way you collaborate with your teachers. (This training incorporates Stage 1 training) Act 48 hours are available for participants.

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PSLA Pulse: Summer Reading

Hello!!
Please consider exploring these three links over your summer:
1) Need to read something great this summer?? Ready to start your book orders for next year? Want to see what PA librarians are writing about?! Please check out (and save the link!) to our Teaching & Learning Literature Review blog for titles, reviews, and lots of great ideas to get you reading and sharing!!
2) Have you shared your thoughts in our 2019 Professional Development Survey yet?? If not, we would love to have you take a few minutes and let us know what training you want and expertise you have for the coming year. Complete it by June 15th PLEASE!!
3) Throughout the school year we shared quite a few highlighted AASL Best Apps and Best Websites for 2018. The new list should be coming out soon, so take a few more minutes to explore and play with these great tech tools.
Thanks for reading and learning!
The PSLA Teaching & Learning Committee

PSLA Pulse: Outstanding PA School Library Award

Are you or your colleagues part of an innovative or exceptional Pennsylvania school library? Do you know of an outstanding school library in Pennsylvania? If so, please consider making a nomination or applying for PSLA's Outstanding Pennsylvania School Library Award!
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 are welcome to self-nominate. Nomination deadline: June 30th.
To learn more about the requirements, process, and scoring rubric, please visit https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. The awards committee is happy to answer any questions you may have; please contact committee co-chairs Lauren Strohecker and Melissa Janes at [email protected].
Thank you for the important work you do for the Pennsylvania students, and for helping us recognize the efforts of Pennsylvania school librarians!

PSLA Pulse: Are you a PA School Library Innovator? Apply today!


*Are you proud of an innovative lesson, unit, program, or community outreach effort?*
*Are you working to celebrate reading in your school or district through the school library?*
*Have you transformed learning in your library by using your space in a new and innovative way?*
*Do you excel at using social media for family and community outreach, or to advance your own learning?*
If so, 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. The nomination process is short and simple, and the applicants are encouraged to self-nominate! Nomination deadline: June 30th
To learn more about the requirements, process, and scoring rubric, please visit https://www.psla.org/psla-awards. The awards committee is happy to answer any questions you may have; please contact committee co-chairs Lauren Strohecker and Melissa Janes at [email protected].
Thank you for the important work you do for the Pennsylvania students, and for helping us recognize the efforts of Pennsylvania school librarians!

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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Everyone is Welcome to Join the #PALibChat

Everyone is Welcome to Join the #PALibChat

If you are on Twitter, you may have seen the monthly #PALibChat Twitter Chats.  (Please note that #PALibChat is not formally sponsored by PSLA but is a great way for members and nonmembers to discuss issues.)

If you are not familiar with a Twitter Chat, a moderator asks a few questions about a predetermined topic and followers answer. As you answer, use the #PaLibChat hashtag, and feel free to connect with people who are also chatting. If you aren’t able to make the live chat, you can search the hashtag, read what others shared and add their thoughts.

This year, we’ve discussed the following:

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Microsoft selects Karey Killian as 1st #ChangeMaker

Congratulations to Karey Killian who was selected by Microsoft as the first educator to highlight in their “Changemaker” series!

They brought a video production team to her libraries for two days. Please take a little time to watch the video which highlights what happened to her libraries after she found out that thousands of books were thrown out due to the mold. You’ll love the student responses, smiles, and laughs in this video. Karey thinks it’s important that we take time to highlight the great things happening in our libraries.

 

If you have the opportunity, please share this with your social networks!

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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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PA Librarian Nominated as Unsung Hero

PSLA member Ellen Zschunke, librarian and media specialist at the Pine RoadElementarySchool in Huntingdon Valley, PA, has been nominated as an Unsung Hero of Bucks and Montgomery County Public Schools! The Council for the Advancement of Public Schools has nominated Ellen as follows:

This week’s Unsung Hero, Ellen Zschunke is the librarian and media specialist at the Pine RoadElementarySchool in Huntingdon Valley, and co-president of the Lower Moreland Township Education Association. She is beloved by her colleagues and students alike for her sunny personality and positive and down-to-earth approach to work and to life.

Regardless of how much she has scheduled, Ellen is always eager to help colleagues and students, “whether it’s with technology, locating a book, union questions, etc.,” said her nominator, and if she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find out. She produces a morning television show every day of the week featuring fifth graders and “is just an all-around hero in the ways she handles life and is involved in so much.”

Besides her full-time teaching job, Ellen also coaches diving for Hatboro-Horsham School District and loves to cheer on other teachers and students, whether it’s a district musical, fundraiser, or other after school event. Her nominator added, “I wish I was as cool, calm and collected as she. She’s a rock star!”

With the grant money she’ll receive, Ellen plans to purchase Playaways, MP3 players with pre-loaded books. This format supports English Language Learners, those with learning needs like dyslexia or other print disabilities, and readers looking for a different way to enjoy the printed word. The $1,000 award will fund 16 Playaways. and the $2,000 award will fund 31 of these devices to help all learners access materials in a meaningful way. 

Be sure to view the videos about Ellen and our other Unsung Heroes and vote at the link below. There is no limit to the number of times that you can cast a ballot.

 









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