School Librarians Leadership Academy 20/21 (SLLA)

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for the School Librarians Leadership Academy 20/21 (SLLA).
PSLA members have an opportunity to apply for SLLA and engage in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work with a mentor from February - September 2021. SLLA leaders will participate AT NO COST in one of two Equity, Diversity and Inclusion individual, online training events - these are normally $225 per person. Either online training event can be done asynchronously also.
  • Equity in Action:  Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture; 2/23/21 - 3/9/21 - 3 sessions; 2-4 pm; Library staff at all levels within their organizations have the power—and the responsibility—to help cultivate an antiracist culture, from evaluating spaces, programs, services, and collections to examining policies and practices to reflecting on one’s own implicit biases. Creating an internal culture founded on principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion is essential to building a community-centered library that meets the needs and expectations of its users.

  • Equity in Action:  Building Diverse Collections; 4/27/21 - 5/11/21; 3 sessions; 2-4 pm; For libraries to effectively meet their mission of serving the educational, informational, and entertainment needs of their communities, their collections must be diverse and inclusive, offering windows into and mirrors of the vast array of perspectives and stories that make up our world.

All School Librarian Leadership Academy participants will be assigned a mentor and meet regularly to develop and carry out a focused EDI goal for their school library or school building.
Applications are due Friday, January 29, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. to Dr. Yvonne English, Project Director, at [email protected]You must be an active PSLA member to apply and through the duration of the leadership project.
Applications and Administrator Endorsement forms are attached and can be found on the PSLA website. 
We look forward to the learning and growth that our PSLA members can use to impact our students and our schools.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
The PSLA LSTA Steering Group
Dr. Yvonne English Roebuck, LSTA Project Director
Cathi Fuhrman, PSLA Immediate Past President
Robin Burns, PSLA President
Jayne Downing, PSLA Member
Molly Magro, PSLA Member
Lauren Strohecker, PSLA Board
Laura Ward, PSLA President-Elect 
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