• The 2009 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award Winners

    Gale would like to congratulate the winners of the 2009 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award:

    WINNERS  

    Stony Creek Elementary, Noblesville, Indiana

    Media specialist Gwen Tetrick and first-grade teacher Karen Duvall were concerned that students did not practice reading outside of school and began a reading incentive program to lure reluctant readers to the joy of reading. They used a Web site called Tumblebooks, featuring stories in a video format with text that is highlighted as a narrator reads the story. The program could be accessed from home or school and students also came to the media center during lunchtime to watch the stories. First through fourth-grade students participated in the program. To encourage parental involvement, a parent or significant adult was invited to join each student for a special breakfast in the media center.

    Tetrick and Duvall also wanted to motivate fourth graders to read longer books and created the Hoosier Book Club, which included book talks and hands-on activities. The public library also helped by holding monthly programs inviting each grade level to attend a story and craft program with their family.

    Raymond Park Middle School, Indianapolis, Indiana

    During a three-week study on persuasive writing, seventh grade language arts teacher Nick Grayson and media specialist Tonya Martin sought to make this learning experience highly interactive. The students participated in pre-writing activities and prepared presentations for a distance learning debate. Some of the students also participated in a global warming art contest sponsored by the United Nations.

    The distance learning session allowed students to ask questions of a professional who was knowledgeable about their topic. Two high school classes from different regions, one in New York and one in Alberta, Canada, contributed different perspectives and offered suggestions for the presentations. The seventh graders were fascinated by the perspectives of the older students and benefited from their suggestions. After more research and fine-tuning, the distance learning debate was held with another class in Indianapolis.

    Waterford High School, Waterford, Ohio

    Library media specialist Carol Chase, English teacher Kelly Miller and business and technology teacher Roger French worked together to create "Beyond Boundaries: Student Activism from Waterford to the World" to educate students on global issues such as hunger, human rights, and genocide. Students were divided into groups and became "experts" on an assigned global issue and corresponding organization. They researched their topics, created presentations and voted on which issue to peruse.

    Students planned a fundraising activity to benefit Kids Against Hunger. They also participated in teleconferencing with guest speakers involved with global issues including such topics as the global water crisis, human rights and global warming. A "service fair" was also held, with 30 exhibitors from local, national and international organizations talking with students about their mission and opportunities for volunteers.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS  

    • Bonnie Holland Elementary School, Katy, Texas
    • Willow Avenue Elementary School, Cornwall, New York
    • Ballenger Creek Middle School, Frederick, Maryland
    • Westlane Middle School, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Alpharetta High School, Alpharetta, Georgia
    • Spaulding High School, Barre, Vermont

    We appreciate the considerable time and effort all of this year's applicants put into creating and compiling their entries. We received an impressive group of submissions, which made the evaluation and decision process very difficult. The judges found it both humbling and inspiring to read first-hand about the good work being done in our nation’s schools.

    We thank you again for your submission and we encourage you to enter the TEAMS Award competition again next year.

     

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      The Gale TEAMS Award is presented
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