Big Shanty Intermediate Media Specialist, Teacher Win TEAMS Award For Collaboration

Congratulations to media specialist Barbara Powell-Schager and fifth grade teacher Betsey Kennedy of Big Shanty Intermediate, who were named the 2007-08 recipients of the TEAMS Award from Library Media Connection magazine and Gale Schools!

The TEAMS award (Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement) is given annually to recognize outstanding collaborative efforts between classroom teachers and school media specialists. Recipients of this prestigious national award are chosen based on evidence of successful collaboration that positively impacts student achievement and learning. Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Powell-Schager were selected based on their history of successful collaboration, but one of their crowning achievements was last year’s Big Shanty Author’s Night, an event in which 174 students and their families met to present their own writings and participate in workshops to further hone their skills. This event was not just enjoyable and highly educational for students; it was a tour de force of educational best practices: Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Powell-Schager designed it to address curriculum standards in writing; the student presentations served as a highly rewarding, performance-based assessment for learning; and in the months of instructional preparation leading up to the event, they employed co-teaching, collaborative learning, and differentiation.

Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Powell-Schager will be honored with $2,500 in cash and $1,000 worth of professional materials from the sponsors. They will be featured in an upcoming issue of Library Media Connection, and they will also be flown to Reno, NV in October for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conference. There they will be honored at a reception and will give a short presentation to conference attendees about their collaborative accomplishments.