Model Curriculum for Learners in PA School Libraries (2019)

The Model Curriculum for Learners in Pennsylvania School Libraries (full document below) is an update and expansion of Stage 1 of The Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs published in 2012 by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education

The Model Curriculum for Learners in Pennsylvania School Libraries (full document below) provides a curriculum in information and digital literacy that school librarians can use to partner with educators to help learners learn and meet PA Academic Standards.  The document incorporates the AASL Standards Framework for Learners and the ISTE Standards for Students. The Committee reviewed the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards and identified 43 Standards for which school librarians can take primary teaching responsibility and 14 standards that school librarians can partner with teachers to support:

  • English Language Arts
  • Reading and Writing in Science and Technology/Technical Subjects
  • Reading and Writing in History and Social Studies
  • Career Education and Work
  • Business, Computer, and Information Technology
  • Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills Continuum.

Career Education and Work and the Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills Continuum set out competencies and career-ready skills that learners should possess as they prepare for their post-secondary careers.


*Model Curriculum for Learners in PA School Libraries (Full Document pp. 2 - 51)

Supplemental Material

The Model Curriculum Update Committee--composed of school librarians, educators of school librarians, and a school library supervisor--developed The Model Curriculum for Learners in Pennsylvania School Libraries.

Steering Group

  • Mary K. Biagini, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, School Library Certification Program, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh
  • Cathi Fuhrman, EdD, Library Department Supervisor, Hempfield School District
  • Allison Mackley, MLIS, National Board Certified Teacher Librarian, K-12 Library Department Coordinator, and Instructional Technology Coach, Hershey High School, Derry Township School District
  • Rebecca Morris, PhD, Editor, School Library Connection
  • Susan Pannebaker, MLIS, Youth Services Adviser, Bureau of Library Development, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education 
Elementary Grade Bands PK-2 and 3-5
  • Jenn Roth, MSLS, North Wales Elementary School, North Penn School District 
  • M.E. Shenefiel, MLIS, Eden Hall Upper Elementary School, Pine-Richland School District 
  • Lauren Strohecker, MSLS, MEd, McKinley Elementary School, Abington School District
  • Lauren Zucker, MEd, Willow Dale Elementary School, Centennial School District

Middle Grade Band 6-8

  • Erin Bechdel, MLIS, Beaver Area Middle School and Beaver Area High School, Beaver Area School District
  • Mary Grace Kelly, MLIS, MBA, Fort Couch Middle School, Upper St. Clair School District
  • Ellen Stolarski, MSLS, St Marys Area Middle School, St. Marys Area School District
High School Grade Band 9-12
  • Leah Lindemann, MLIS,Blackhawk High School, Blackhawk School District
  • Sandra Reilly, MLIS, Pleasant Valley High School, Pleasant Valley School District
  • Rita Saylor, MLIS, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Wallenpaupack Area School District
  • Jean Dyszel, EdD, Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education

This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. 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.