In The Spotlight
The National Council for Geographic Education and the George F. Cram Co., an Indianapolis-based producer of maps, globes, and geography materials, announce the winners of a $750 scholarship to attend the 1997 meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education in Orlando, Fla.: Patricia King Robeson of Beltsville (Md.) Academic Center; Jody Smothers Marcello of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka, Alaska; Helen Johnson of the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance; Maureen Whalen Spaight of Martin Junior High School in East Providence, R.I.; and Linda Hammon of Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas.
Children's Television Workshop and Creative Classroom magazine announce the winners of the second annual Plan-A-Dream grant program, sponsored by MCI Corp. and the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association. The three teachers each receive $2,500 to implement innovative classroom projects and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony. The grant winners are: Joan Taddie of Endeavour Elementary School in Cocoa, Fla.; Catherine Kibler of St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo, N.Y.; and Margie Wagoner of Corpus Christi Catholic School in Houston.
Four teams of teachers have won the 1997 Prentice Hall/National Middle School Association Teaching Team Awards for outstanding interdisciplinary projects. They are: Vicki Marino, Christine Ellis, Ken Radie, Sheila Pressler, and John Shirhal of Hudson (Ohio) Middle School; Patty Gibian, Raymond Perkins, Ruth Woodie, and Steve Burke of Georgetown (Ky.) Middle School; Mary Richards-Fort, Janet Clarke, Nancy Morris, and Steve Ex of Gruening Middle School in Eagle River, Ala.; and John Grebeck, Patricia Baer, Eileen Maher, and Frank Barto of Hillside Avenue School in Cranford, N.J. Each team received $3,000 for their school from Prentice Hall, a publisher of instructional materials.
The 1997 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year is Dow Tate, a journalism and publications adviser at Hillcrest High School in Dallas. The award is sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, a nonprofit philanthropy supported by the Dow Jones Foundation and other newspaper companies. Tate will receive a plaque and speak at various conferences; a senior at Hillcrest High will receive a $1,000 college scholarship to study journalism.