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Beatrice Gerrish, M.Ed., M.L.S
2012-13 Colorado Librarian of the Year
Sponsor of the World's Largest Student Book Club

EMAIL: beatrice.gerrish@bvsd.org
SCHOOL: Monarch High School, Louisville, CO
SCHOOL DISTRICT: Boulder Valley
LIBRARY WEB SITE: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/mhslibrary/home
21st Century Cohort 1.0 site: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/beatrice-gerrish/

BVSD HESL site:

https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/bvsd-21st-century-librarians/professional-development-leader

Articles:

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_16486911http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_19785187http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_21604257/monarch-high-librarian-beatrice-gerrish-named-state-librarian-yearlibrarian of the yearhttp://www.dailycamera.com/News/ci_25831339/Monarch-High-students-top-one-million

Presentations:

"Reject the Fears" presentation (with Phil Goerner) [CAL conference October 2014]
(going with book store model)

"Dewey or Don't We? Transitioning to the Book Store Model" (with Becky Russell, Holli Buchter & Logan MacDonald) [CAL conference 2014]



Monarch HS Reading Challenge (with Deann Bucher and Mystayn Barnes) CTLC April 2014

"Changing the Reading Culture in Your Building." Colorado Association of School Libraries workshop on September 28, 2013. Denver, CO.

"Supercharge Your Library!" (presentation with Phil Georner) Colorado Teen Literature Conference on April 6, 2013. Denver, CO.

St.Vrain Teacher Librarian Panel on February 19, 2013. Silver Creek,HS, Longmont, CO.

"Amazing Book Clubs" (presentation with Phil Georner). Colorado Association of Libraries Conference on October 18, 2012. Keystone, CO.

"Digital Resources for School Libraries" (presentation with Laura Summers). Technology in Education Conference, June 20, 2012. Copper Mountain, CO.

"Change the Reading Climate in Your School- Issue a Challenge!" (presentation with M. Barnes & D. Bucher). High Schools That Work Regional Conference on

July 14, 2012. New Orleans, LA.

"Teen Book Clubs". Youth Library Staff Training Day for Colorado Department of Education/ Division of Corrections on October 26, 2012. Castle

Rock, CO.

"Book Clubs for the 21st Century". Colorado Teen Literature Conference on March 31, 2012. Denver, CO.

Other:

Monarch Reading Challenge (overview)

Two videos created by students:

World's Largest Student Book Club

Video on what makes the MHS library unique

2015 video on the power of today's school libraries

Narrative for continued HESL status:
The two projects that I spend the most time on are: the Monarch Method (a new classification system that has taken us three years to create and fully implement) and the Monarch HS Reading Challenge which is celebrating its fourth year. At the end of last school year, the roughly 450 kids who had participated in the program over the three years had read more than 1,200,000 pages of outside reading- in addition to required reading, homework, sports, activities and jobs. During this journey, we've seen amazing transformations such as a student who went from an IEP in 9th grade to taking the AP Literature exam and getting a 5. We find that all students across the board (regardless of race, gender, etc) have higher scores in the reading section of the ACT test- especially the kids who have two of the RC teachers during the same year. But, what I'm most proud about are the 20-30 kids each year who had classified themselves as "haters" of reading, yet by the end of the year they (re)discovered reading and for the first time since elementary school are experiencing success in their English and/or social studies classes.
Rationale for continuing status.docx
Rationale for continuing status.docx
Rationale for continuing status.docx* Details

GROWTH PLAN:
growth plan 2013.docx
growth plan 2013.docx
growth plan 2013.docx
Gerrish HESL Growth Plan 2014.docx
Gerrish HESL Growth Plan 2014.docx
Gerrish HESL Growth Plan 2014.docx

GROWTH PLAN EVIDENCE:
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Meeting with my cohort 2013-14

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The Book Fairy

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Preparing for a class of kids in the MHS Reading Challenge

ON-GOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
April 2014 Colorado Teen Literature Conference, Denver, Colorado
June 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas, NV
October 2014 SLJ virtual conference: "Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center"
October 2014 CAL annual conference in Loveland, CO
October 2014 Gale's webinar: Preparing High School Students for College Level Research
January 2015 ALA mid-winter conference in Chicago
February 2015 Teacher Librarian Day: Vital Viewpoints held at History Colorado

2014-15

MHS GOVERNANCE AND DEPARTMENT CHAIR MEETINGS

Book Study:
Mindsets in the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci

MEETINGS WITH BVSD HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARIANS:

PLC dates : 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17, 1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 4/15
10/1/14 School Library Journal Virtual Conference "Digitial Shift: Libraries @ the Center"
(Monarch High School Library)
Book Study:
The Indespensable Librarian: Surviving and Thriving in School Libraries in the Information Age by Doug Johnson

2013-14

MEETINGS WITH HESL COHORT:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
HESL workshop day.docx
HESL workshop day.docx

HESL workshop day.docx
HESL workshop day NOTES.docx
HESL workshop day NOTES.docx
HESL workshop day NOTES.docx* Details

Meeting 12.docx
Meeting 12.docx
Meeting 12.docx* Details


MEETINGS WITH FACILITATORS
Cohort Fac Jan 14 Agenda.docx
Cohort Fac Jan 14 Agenda.docx

Cohort Fac Jan 14 Agenda.docx

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My mission is to create a welcoming and=
supportive environment which responds to theneeds of all our learners regardless of gender,race or reading level.= =
Beatrice Gerrish== ==

Please use the rest of the page to include information you would like to share with other Colorado School Librarians:

My strength as a HESL librarian is connecting with people- building relationships. I believe my most important job as a school librarian is to create a welcoming, safe and supportive environment. I facilitate the world's largest student book club- we meet every Friday and have a weekly attendance of approximately 90- 100 kids. Each year, we
see several movies together (based on books), have 3-4 author visits (in person and via Skype), "Teacher Talks", (2) library lock-ins, in addition to many other activities.
I never know what will come up next- It's THEIR club, I'm just the facilitator.
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