Gale and Library Media Connection Announce Winners of the 2013 TEAMS Award
Farmington Hills, Mich., September 10, 2013 - Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and Library Media Connection Magazine today announced the three winners of the TEAMS Award - Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement. The 2013 winners are Draper Elementary School in Eden, North Carolina; Constable Neil Bruce Middle School in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; and Branford High School in Branford, Connecticut.
The TEAMS Award was created to recognize the critical collaboration between teachers and media specialists in promoting learning and increasing student achievement. Nominations were evaluated based on:
- Demonstrated collaboration between media specialists and teachers during the school year
- Effective techniques that positively impact student learning and achievement
- Support received from school leadership
- Ability for others to replicate this best practice
"This year offered another impressive display of collaborative projects, demonstrated by the substantial increase in applications, as media specialists and educators looked for new ways to incorporate library resources into classroom learning and teach critical thinking skills," said Marlene Woo-Lun, publisher of Library Media Connection. "We are excited to honor the efforts of all of the winners and participants this year."
"Twenty-first century skills such as information literacy and critical thinking are crucial to the success of today's students both in the classroom and beyond," said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Gale, part of Cengage Learning. "The collaborative projects we're honoring with this year's TEAMS Award, clearly demonstrate and instill these important skills in students around North America."
Each winning school receives $2,500 in cash, Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection and the Educator's Professional Bookshelf from Linworth Publishing/Libraries Unlimited. Details on the winning entries are provided below.
Media Specialist Bronte Tatum teamed up with fourth grade teacher Kirsten Reid to develop a research project on endangered animals that provided opportunities to collaborate with the art, physical education and music departments. Ms. Tatum began the project by reading students a book on endangered species and introducing a project outline, and then assisted as they researched and located facts about the animals. The music teacher worked with students to write a song about the animals, while the art teacher worked with students to create animal masks. The physical education teacher used pictures of animals in their natural habitat to recreate animal movements and postures. Ms. Reid incorporated elements of the project in reading, writing and vocabulary activities in the classroom. Ms. Tatum documented the activities and worked with the students to create a digital book, "We Are Endangered. Can You Help Us?" (http://portal.sliderocket.com/BLCLZ/endangered-animals-project).