Hello, LYS Nation. This is the 1,000th post to the column, so as has become a tradition, we will review our progress. First, the review:

  • The 1st post was on Monday, February 16, 2009.
  • The 100th post was on April 14, 2009.
  • The 200th post was on June 10, 2009
  • The 300th post was on September 2, 2009
  • The 400th post was on December 16, 2009
  • The 500th post was on April 7, 2010
  • The 600th post was on August 2, 2010
  • The 700th post was on December 17, 2010
  • The 800th post was on May 17, 2011
  • The 900th post was on October 5, 2011
  • The 1,000th post is today’s, March 7, 2012

The 900 posts represent more than 1,030 pages of single spaced text. This is the equivalent of about a 4,040-page book. The top 9 key words have been: Leadership (300); Teachers (237); Principals (221); Instruction (142); Fundamental Five (125); LYS Nation (123); E. Don Brown (115); Robert “Bob” Brezina (114); Campus / School Improvement (100) The top 10 posts, in terms of distribution, have been: 1. A Reader Asks… Modeling Examples (8/25/11) 2. A LYS Principal Submits… The Updated Lesson Cycle (11/15/11) 3. Crunch Time Common Assessments (2/11/2011) 4. Top LYS Tweets from the Week of January 22, 2012 (1/30/12) 5. A TAKS Reminder From the LYS Elementary Coaching Team (4/19/2011) 6. A Reader Asks… Grading Policy (1/12/2011); STAAR, EOC and Final Grades – Part 2 (1/18/12) 7. Student vs. Teacher Data (8/17/2011) 8. A New LYS Teacher Shares… This Really Works! (11/11/11) 9. Readers Ask… More Assessment Questions (11/5/2010) 10. Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 20, 2011 (3/28/2011) There have been over 163,980 page hits. There are 1,110 e-mail subscribers. Thank you! There are now international readers and e-mail subscribers, with the following 12 countries represented: Australia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Egypt, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand; United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands All of this is incredibly exciting; especially when you consider that not too long ago ago, every number was 0. A Little Blatant Self Promotion: First, if you like the blog and you haven’t signed up for the e-mail subscription, please do so. I find that it’s easier to write to people than it is to write to web hits. Second, if you like the blog and find it useful, tell three other people. This blog is a much more powerful resource for school improvement when it is a dialogue. Third, if you have not sent in a comment yet, please do so. Education research points out that the act of critical writing actually makes the learner smarter. Let the blog assist you in sharpening your saw. Finally, Thank you so much for reading and responding. This network which started out as a way for just a handful of principals to stay connected has turned into a small nation of board members, central office administrators, campus leaders, and teachers who are focused on redefining what students are capable of. Who knows what we will discuss in the next 100 posts. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

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