Greetings, Pennsylvania libraries!
As a valued library leader, you are invited to a special preview of the PDE Building Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Neighborhood Roadmap on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 1-2 P.M. Please save that date to join us for this important work.
This roadmap will serve as a strategic plan for embedding equity, inclusion, and belonging (EIB) into all aspects of our shared work within the Pennsylvania educational ecosystem. It outlines how libraries, early childhood, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary, and higher education organizations can integrate EIB across all disciplines in a clear and actionable way. This session will be led by Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims, Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Dr. Hollins-Sims has been instrumental in recent efforts PDE has made to infuse EIB in education throughout the Commonwealth – an effort in which libraries are crucial!
The goal of this session is to preview the concept behind the roadmap, the roadmap itself, and engage in facilitated conversation on how Pennsylvania libraries might integrate the framework into library policies, procedures, and practices – providing coherence and sustainable support for equity, inclusion and belonging at all levels. At the conclusion of the session, you will leave with a clear picture of how libraries can collectively continue this work.
Your unique perspective is essential to leading and extending this important work at every level. This is your opportunity to see how the work of others connects to your work, to share your support as a vested partner, and to deeply engage with one another in a brave space. The Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) leadership and the OCL Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion Committee will be there to help further explain how this all fits together.
Join us as we dive into this essential chapter in the story of how libraries lead the way in providing equity and celebrating the diversity of communities across the Commonwealth.
Please access the link to register for the ZOOM session, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 1-2 P.M. To register, provide your full name, email, and the organization you represent.
The session will not be recorded because the information being shared is currently in draft.
Susan Banks, MLIS | Deputy Secretary & State Librarian
Office of Commonwealth Libraries | Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg PA 17126
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