Virtual Summer Leadership Academy (VSLA)

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Virtual Summer Leadership Academy (VSLA)


“Imagining School Libraries as Dynamic Equitable Learning Environments”

The PSLA LSTA Steering Committee is pleased to announce our 2022 Virtual Summer Leadership Academy! We are offering two (2) one and half hour sessions in July. The Academy will be conducted by Drs. Stephanie Smith Budhai and Kristine S. Lewis Grant based on their latest book, Culturally Responsive Teaching Online and In Person An Action Planner for Dynamic Equitable Learning Environments. 

Dr. Smith Budhai and Dr. Lewis Grant Educators in the 21st century are teaching diverse learners across a range of learning environments, while attending to critical issues related to equity, inclusion, and social justice. Using the Dynamic Equitable Learning Environments (DELE) framework, you can build the knowledge, awareness, skills, and dispositions to pivot instruction to facilitate equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist learning experiences that transcend cultural, social, and linguistic backgrounds—no matter where, when, or how your students do their learning. See links below for the book overview and presenters profiles.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book before the start of the first session. PSLA members can register for one or both sessions. Below is information about each session. Register by June 29, 2022 to help ensure you receive a copy of the book before your session. REGISTRATION NOW:

Leveraging Students’ Assets and Cultural Capital for Information Literacy Projects

Session 1: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 10am - 11:30am

Ch 4: Activating Students’ Assets and Cultural Capital

Ch 9: Preparing Culturally Responsive Authentic Assessments

Session Goals:

●        Define cultural capital as it pertains to K-12 students

●        Explore strengths-based approaches to teaching information literacy

●        Develop myriad information literacy authentic assessment ideas

Session Description: There are many components of teaching students information literacy that can be reimagined to leverage their strengths, while providing diverse opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge. In this interactive 90-minute session, school librarians will be able to build their capacity to draw on students’ assets and cultural capital, and co-construct authentic assessments related to demonstrating understanding of information literacy.

Culturally Responsive Approaches to Family and Community Engagement with School Libraries

Session 2: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 5pm – 6:30pm

Ch 5. Caring for Students Within their Sociopolitical Context

Ch 6. Forging Reciprocal Relationships with Families and Communities

Part of chapter 7 Developing Equity-Mindedness  

Session Goals:

●        Defining family and community engagement

●        Explaining the importance of family and community engagement

●        Centering school librarians and libraries in students’ microsystems and mesosystems

●        Defining equitable and reciprocal partnerships

●        Developing strategies to engage families and community partners

Session Description:  School librarians are vital members of students’ microsystems, yet their roles and relationships with families and community partners are often overlooked and underestimated.  In this interactive 90-minute session, school librarians will learn about the importance of reciprocal relationships with families and communities, along with strategies to transform school libraries into dynamic equitable learning environments where students, families, and community members feel welcome and included.


Book Overview:

Presenter’s Profiles:

·         Stephanie Smith Budhai, PhD:

·         Kristine Lewis Grant, PhD:



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.