• The 2015 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award Winners

    Bi-Annual Award Recognizes Teacher and Media Specialists Teams That Improve Student Achievement  

    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

    “We know incorporating library resources directly into classroom learning benefits student achievement," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. "These projects bring to life creative ways to bridge the gap from the library to the classroom."

    “Collaboration is just the beginning, and our TEAMS Award highlights how such teamwork between librarians and teachers can lead to the highest level of student learning and achievement,” said Marlene Woo-Lun, publisher of Library Media Connection.

    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.

    Murray Centennial Public School, Trenton, Ontario, Canada – “Our Community Aurasma Gallery Walk”

    Teacher Librarian Mary Walk Hope teamed up with grade one teachers to create an interactive gallery walk which incorporated 3D technology, the art from original student drawings, and elements of a new social studies curriculum that included understanding the difference between natural and man-made artifacts, social responsibility, mapping skills and more.Learn more by viewing the schools’ project video.
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    Scott Middle School, Lincoln, NE – “Make a Difference with Social Action Research”

    To teach students about the research process and how to write a research paper, school librarian Jean Hellwege worked with middle school teachers to ignite passion in students through social action research that would help them identify a social issue that resonated with them and answered the question “What can I do to help?”. Using library resources to explore different social issues, the project culminated with the Make A Difference Fair where students presented their research to the community and raised money for their causes. View their project video to find out more about their program.
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    Portland High School, Portland, TN – “Get Healthy – A Panther Community Garden”

    To promote healthy eating habits, media specialist Michelle Gilliam worked with teachers and students to create a community garden that involved the math, art, science, agricultural science, special education, and food science classes to plan, develop, and turn the produce from the school’s garden into healthy snacks for underprivileged students in the school. This was all accomplished while utilizing library resources to research each step. Take a closer look at their project by viewing their project video.
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    Honorable Mentions

    In addition, to the winners noted above, Gale and Library Media Connection would also like to recognize the following schools who received honorable mentions for their submissions to the TEAMS Award competition:

    • Stocker Elementary School in Kenosha, WI
    • Highland Elementary School in Warrenton, VA
    • Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, MI


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    The Gale TEAMS Award is presented
    in cooperation with Library Media Connection.