2011-12: Library & Science Teachers Alliance (LSTA)
Welcome to LSTA initiative to integrate 21st century information literacy skills into the science curriculum. This pioneering project brought together 19 teams of secondary science teachers and librarians during the 2010-11 school year to develop lessons and approaches. This year up to 40 elementary teams will be trained by Project Look Sharp directors Chris Sperry or Cyndy Scheibe during fall and winter workshops at each of 4 Central New York State BOCES (Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga, Broome-Tioga, Cayuga-Onondaga, and Otsego-Northern Catskills). Each team will receive online coaching from Chris or Cyndy as they develop and implement an integration project. In the spring each team will give a short presentation about their project and complete a lesson plan for posting. Your projects and the evaluation of the initiative will be part of an ongoing effort to effectively integrate media literacy, critical thinking and information literacy into the science curriculum.


Cyndy Scheibe

Project Look Sharp Executive Director, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College where she teaches courses in developmental psychology, media literacy, and television research. Dr. Scheibe currently serves as the director of the CRETV lab and television archive housed at Ithaca College in the psychology department. She has been conducting research on television content and children's understanding of media messages for more than 20 years. Dr. Scheibe was a founding board member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and co-authored Core Principles of Media Literacy Education. She is co-author with Faith Rogow of the new book, The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy (Corwin Press, 2012)

Chris Sperry

Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp, has taught middle and high school social studies, English and media studies for over 30 years in Ithaca, New York. He is the author of numerous curriculum kits related to global studies and U.S. history and articles about integrating media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum. He is the recipient of the National Council for the Social Studies 2008 Award for Global Understanding, and the 2005 National PTA and Cable Leaders in Learning Award for Media Literacy.

Sherrie Szeto

Project Look Sharp Program Manager, has a Masters in English and has taught Middle School and High School English and English Media. Sherrie has also designed Middle and High School English curriculum and was a technical writer for many years prior to teaching.

Zach Gilson

Project Look Sharp Intern, currently working towards a B.S. in Communications Management and Design at Ithaca College. His first experience with media literacy was his English 11 class in high school, devoted entirely to media literacy. He's been hooked ever since. Zach has a wide range of interests, including but not limited to video games and their capabilities for learning, technology use in the workplace/classroom, and food. Zach will be assisting elementary science teachers and librarians in the fall of 2011 to begin their LSTA projects.