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A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement in Pennsylvania; edited by Debra E. Kachel
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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. 


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Article in the National PTA Journal

“Our Children,” the flagship magazine of the National PTA has published an article in the April/May 2014 issue by ALA President Barbara Stripling entitled “Standing up for School Libraries.”


Pennsylvania PTA Conference 2014

Pennsylvania PTA

PTA logoPTA 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.

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC)

WePAC is funded entirely by private dollars and provides all of its services at no cost to schools or to the School District of Philadelphia. Since 2009, WePAC has opened 18 previously closed elementary school libraries, and is currently running 13 libraries in West and Southwest Philadelphia, providing library services in schools with more than 5,000 students.WePAC is the only nonprofit in Philadelphia systematically working to open closed school libraries. While each of Pennsylvania’s state prisons is required by law to have a librarian with a Master’s degree and a large book collection, no such requirements exist for our schools. Year after year, surveys show that for many students, the school library is the only library they visit, and principals report that many kids do not have anyone reading to them at home.


Building School and Parent Connections

New Resource to Help Schools Boost Family and Community Engagement

It takes time and effort for schools to cultivate and maintain positive relationships with parents and the community. Yet research shows—and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reiterates—“When parents are involved in the educational process of their children, students are more likely to attend school regularly, to take more rigorous courses, earn higher grades, and graduate and go on to both college and careers.”

To help schools and educators foster relationships that build capacity for student achievement, the U.S. Department of Education has released its Family and Community Engagement Framework. The framework is not a blueprint for increasing engagement, but is instead a compass to set the path for effective engagement. The framework addresses (PDF) current challenges faced by schools in building family-school partnerships, the necessary conditions for successful family-school initiatives, the identification of program goals, and a description of desired outcomes for school staff and families. The report also includes examples of current efforts that bring the framework to life at the school, district, and county levels.


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.


Greater Public Schools-Pittsburgh

Greater Public Schools-Pittsburgh

A new coalition of community organizations, faith-based groups, and labor that hosted the event, GPS consists of: Action United, One Pittsburgh, PA Interfaith Impact Network, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, SEIU, and Yinzercation.

Unite For Literacy

"Unite for Literacy is a Colorado-based social enterprise that employs a sponsorship business model that enables books in our library to remain free to everyone, forever. We unite with partners from the public, private, and civic sectors to create picture book abundance and support families to read with their children."


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