ALA & AASL Resources
PA School Librarians Assn. Resources
YINZER NATION + EDUCATION = YINZERCATION Yinzercation is grassroots advocacy group, initially started by a group of Pittsburgh Public School parents in 2011, in opposition to the state's education budget cuts. The initial group quickly grew into a region-wide movement in Southwest PA of 125 school districts. Yinzercation is committed to great public schools for all students, with adequate, equitable, and sustainable public funding.
AASL Advocacy Brochures
Pennsylvania PTA Conference 2013
Deb Kachel presented at the Pennsylvania PTA Conference, Tannersville, on April 20, 2013. The session was entitled: "How Quality School Library Programs Help Students Learn: What Parents Need to Know." Here are the PowerPoint and handouts.
Here are links to other resources distributed:
PSLA website "Tools for Parents"
Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement
PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities, PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to children.
The Pennsylvania PTA represents a diverse membership and is comprised of members who are actively involved in providing children and youth with various programs and advocating on their behalf.
Parents Made the Difference in the Ephrata Area School District
The certified staffing for the elementary library program at the Ephrata Area School District (Lancaster County, PA) was cut in half for the 2012-13 school year. Four fairly large buildings each had a professional librarian prior to September 2012; in 2012-13, each of the two remaining librarians covered two buildings. In April 2013, when school officials were considering to not replace a retiring elementary librarian, leaving one librarian for four buildings, parents had had enough. Here are articles about how they convinced the district to replace the librarian.
Parents United for Public Education
Parents United for Public Education is an independent, citywide group of Philadelphia parents from multiple schools that focuses on budgeting and accountability in order to ensure resources get to the classroom level. They advocate for improved funding from local and state agencies, as well as the broader Philadelphia community.