Gale and Library Media Connection Announce Three Recipients of the Fourth Annual TEAMS Award

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., June 27, 2008 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Library Media Connection magazine announce the winners of the fourth annual TEAMS Award — Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement. The TEAMS Award was created to recognize the critical collaboration between teachers and media specialists in promoting learning and increasing student achievement. 

The winners are Windsor Elementary School in Elyria, Ohio; Osceola Middle School in Ocala, Florida; and Eastside High School in Gainesville, Florida.

Windsor Elementary School
Getting second graders interested in science and technology is not always easy. At Windsor Elementary School, second grade teacher Mary Karlovec and media specialist Anne Michael teamed up to provide ways to develop students’ science and technology skills and help them “think like a scientist.” 

Michael purchased grade level-appropriate guided reading materials to support science concepts and developed technology lessons that supported the second grade science curriculum. 

The objective was to provide meaningful avenues for integrating and meeting the grade level indicators in science/technology based on the state standards for second grade while providing review for sixth grade students who served as “science buddies.”  The positive outcome of the project – based on state benchmarks being met by students, parent and student feedback and teacher enthusiasm – was the stimulus for extending it to include all science units at the school.

Osceola Middle School
When media specialist Brooks Spencer and principal John McCollum decided to go beyond grade-level reading material and choose a book for an all-school read, Spencer chose “Red Kayak” by Priscilla Cummings because of the theme, “doing the right thing, even if it means losing friends.” 

School projects and assignments were created and collaboration resulted by increasing the conversation and communication among Language Arts teachers and others on their teams.  The impact of the program was assessed by using the Accelerated Reader test, a computerized test of 10 questions.  A total of 884 students from grades 6-8 took the test and the average score was 90.2 percent.  The highlight of the project was when the author visited to school.

Eastside High School

Eastside High School’s Institute of Culinary Arts is the top high school culinary program in Florida and recently its students won $470,000 in scholarships to culinary colleges.  However, some students were not able to accept the scholarships because Florida students must pass a state standardized test, including the FCAT reading test, in order to graduate.  Some students were not able to pass the reading test, so media specialist Carol Faas and Chef Wilhelmina DeNunzio created the “Increasing Graduation Rates by Developing a Culinary-Specific Reading” program.

The program provides instruction in note-taking and reading strategies. Its success was evident when nearly every student passed the FCAT retake this year. 

About the Award
Nominations were evaluated based on:
·    Demonstrated collaboration between media specialists and teachers during the 2007/08 school year
·    Effective techniques that positively impact student learning and achievement
·    Support received from school leadership
·    Ability for others to replicate this best practice

For the fourth consecutive year, the judges – Gale and Library Media Connection staff – were encouraged by the number of entries, as well as by the passion demonstrated in the collaborative projects submitted for consideration.

“At a time when resources are more limited than ever, it is great to see the creativity and collaboration between media specialists, teachers and, in some cases, entire school staffs to bring the best to their students,” said Marlene Woo-Lun, TEAMS Award judge and president and publisher of Library Media Connection.    

“Collaboration is happening in schools across the country,” said Dave Schroeter, Gale’s vice president of K-12 sales.  “It didn’t matter if it was a rural school or an urban school, a large school or a small school, an elaborate project or a simple one, the commitment, dedication and implementation by the teachers and media specialists was incredible.”

Award winners receive $2,500 (U.S.) cash; a selection of Gale products; a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection; and an Educator’s Professional Bookshelf from Linworth Publishing.  In addition, the winners will be featured in an article in Library Media Connection in the 2008/09 school year.

Awards will be presented at a special reception held in conjunction with the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

The following schools received honorable mentions in the TEAMS Award competition:
Ocoee Elementary School, Ocoee, FL   
Cabot Middle School, Cabot, AR
Deerwood Elementary School, Orlando, FL
Garden City Middle School, Garden City, MI       
Valley View Intermediate, Jonesboro, AR
Spanish River High School, Boca Raton, FL
Richfield Middle School, Richfield, MN   
Calvin Husinger High School, Clearwater, FL   

For more information, please visit www.galeschools.com/TEAMS.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
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