Virtual Summer Leadership Academy (VSLA)

Leading At Any Level (LAAL)
School Librarians' Leadership Academy (SLLA)

Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL)

Virtual Summer Leadership Academy (VSLA)


The Virtual Summer Leadership Academy (VSLA) was developed as part of the 2020/21 LSTA grant to create collaborative cohorts of school librarians and content/classroom teachers or administrators in order to transform and further Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Pennsylvania schools. Through shared professional development and action planning, school librarians will emerge as stronger leaders in their schools.

Click Here for a List of 2021 VSLA Participants

We are very excited to be able to offer professional development through the grant not only for school librarians, but for a cohort team of a school librarian and up to two content/classroom teachers or administrators. The teams' registration for one of the sessions will be funded by the LSTA Grant.
Information about the two sessions from Heinemann Publishing can be found here;
  • Session 1: July 12-16, 2021: Interrogating Internalized Racism in Ourselves and in Our Practice
  • Session 2: Aug 2-6, 2021: Understanding Systemic Racism: Society, Schools, and Classrooms

The Leadership Development for Pennsylvania School Librarians experience is an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) in 2020/21. Previous years the initiative was a collaborative experience of PSLA and the University of Pittsburgh School Library Certification Program (SLCP).


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.