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Tennessee Through Time Wins 2015 Textbook Excellence Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association

Layton, Utah (April 14, 2015) – Gibbs Smith Education’s two-volume Tennessee history program, Tennessee Through Time: The Early Years and The Later Years has been awarded the 2015 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) by the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA). Tennessee Through Time was one of seven textbooks to receive a 2015 Texty, which recognizes excellence in current textbooks and learning materials in their 2nd edition or later.

The Tennessee program was the only social studies/history program to be recognized with this prestigious award, as well as the only program recognized in the elementary/high school category. The authors of the two-volume history, written to meet the state’s 4th and 5th grade social studies standards, include Carole Stanford Bucy, PhD, Charlene S. Kerwin, Ian R. Greaves, Kate Coombs, and Breeann Allison.

The awards will be presented during an awards luncheon at TAA’s 28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 20, 2015. The TAA is the only nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors. The group’s mission is to support textbook and academic authors in the creation of top-quality educational and scholarly works that stimulate the love of learning and foster the pursuit of knowledge. For a full list of 2015 TAA textbook award winners, visit http://blog.taaonline.net/2015/02/2015-taa-textbook-award-winners-announced/.

Tennessee Through Time is a print and online program crafted to meet Tennessee’s 4th and 5th grade standards for social studies. Additionally, the program includes a strong English Language Arts component to help strengthen the literacy strategies and skills of Tennessee’s young learners. The program provides students and educators with a history of Tennessee from prehistoric times through the present and has additional content on the state’s geography, government, and economics. The complete program includes a student textbook, a teacher guide, a student guide, and a guide for teaching the program to English language learners.

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The Massachusetts Story Wins 2015 Most Promising New Textbook from the Text and Academic Authors Association

Layton, Utah (April 14, 2015) – Gibbs Smith Education’s third-grade social studies program—The Massachusetts Story—has been awarded the Most Promising New Textbook Award by the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA). The Massachusetts Story was one of five textbooks to receive the award, which recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials.

The Massachusetts program was the only social studies/history program to be recognized with this prestigious award, as well as the only program recognized in the elementary/high school category. Gibbs Smith’s history and curriculum team, which includes Courtney Johnson Thomas, Charlene S. Kerwin, Ian Greaves, Devon Beavers, Kate Coombs, and Breeann Allison, wrote The Massachusetts Story program.

The award will be presented during an awards luncheon at TAA’s 28th Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 20, 2015. The TAA is the only nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors. The group’s mission is to support textbook and academic authors in the creation of top-quality educational and scholarly works that stimulate the love of learning and foster the pursuit of knowledge. For a full list of 2015 TAA textbook award winners, visit http://blog.taaonline.net/2015/02/2015-taa-textbook-award-winners-announced/.

The Massachusetts Story is a print and online program crafted to meet Massachusetts’s third- grade standards for social studies. Additionally, the program covers the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts, which the state adopted in 2010. The program provides students and educators with a history of Massachusetts from the early 1600s through the American Revolution and has additional content on state and local geography, government, and economics. The complete program includes a student textbook (or digital version) in English and Spanish, a teacher guide, a student guide, and a guide for teaching the program to English language learners.

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About Gibbs Smith Education

Gibbs Smith Education is an award-winning publisher of customized state social studies programs. The company crafts social studies programs that align with each state’s distinctive social studies standards covering history, geography, economics, and government. The programs, which are available in print and digital formats, deliver material that is accurate and grade-level appropriate. Additionally, all programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. For more information, visit www.gibbssmitheducation.com.

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Media Contact:

Charlene Kerwin, Gibbs Smith Education, charlene.kerwin@gibbs-smith.com, 801-927-2143

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