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FCAHS Librarian Chosen for State Leadership Institute

Laura Ward, Ed.D.

Fox Chapel Area High School librarian Laura Ward, Ed.D., has been selected as a member of the 2020-2021 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL).

Through her participation in the Leadership Institute, Dr. Ward will receive professional development, training, and strategic planning guidance on issues surrounding the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The goal of the Leadership Institute is to assist the PSLA in embedding these pillars throughout the association’s practices, as well as in school libraries throughout Pennsylvania. 

Upon the completion of her training, Dr. Ward will serve as a mentor to other school librarians in the state who are participating in the 2021 PSLA School Librarians’ Leadership Academy, which will focus on fostering an antiracist library culture and building diverse library collections. 

The PSLA Leadership Institute is funded in part, by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the state Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Dr. Ward is one of 39 librarians from across Pennsylvania to be chosen for the Leadership Institute. 

Dr. Ward is also president-elect of the PSLA and is a member of the organization’s 2020-2021 Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) steering committee, which oversees the distribution of federal LSTA funds. At Fox Chapel Area High School, she serves as the faculty sponsor for both the FC Book Club and the school’s Social Activism Club. She is also a member of the Fox Chapel Area High School Diversity Council and served as the head girls tennis coach in the fall of 2020.