It’s hard for me to believe, but we have just racked up another anniversary. A year ago, I started my bootleg campaign for bootleg technology. I know that depending on the school, in a single year, nothing can change or everything can change. So what has happened on your campus or in your district? This week, send me your bootleg technology update. What have been your successes? What have been your failures? What is your next step? What is your hold up? Not only am I curious, but we also need to increase the bootleg technology experience and knowledge base within the LYS Nation. Let’s even our playing field. A number of you in the LYS Nation are now using your own bootleg technology devices to follow Twitter. If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us. To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 26, 2012, as tabulated by the accountants at Price Waterhouse. 1. Thanks to @LYSNation I’m using math flash cards when lining kids up from recess. 5th graders are learning laws of exponents. (By @mike_metz) 2. Just finished a staff refresher on the Fundamental Five. Thanks @LYSNation (By @JerryRBurkett) 3. I just purchased Fun Five Plan from App Store. I love it!! Perfect tool for high-level lesson planning! Can’t wait 2 share! (By @janet_wright) 4. Teaching the wrong thing better is at best a moral victory; at worst a waste of time. 5. Accountability must look different when the student population is more than 1 standard deviation from the mean. On either side of the curve. 6. “Teach, Assess, Adjust, Repeat”… benchmarks need to go away. (By@tlonganecker) 7. A desk audit without field observation is management BY dummies. 8. This year, for the first time since the Civil War, the Texas Legislature did not fund student growth in its budget. (By @tgrierhisd) 9. Keep students busy and move with a purpose. The longer it takes adults to move the more opportunities kids have to get in trouble. 10. Your message (as a leader) should be understandable at all levels (of the organization) and serve as a guide for decision making. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

  • Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on!
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Plans (Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan Tool); PW Lite (Basic PowerWalks Tool); PW Pro (Mid-level PowerWalks Tool)
  • Confirmed 2012 Presentations: NASSP Conference; NASB Conference; Region 10 ESC Fall Leadership Conference (Keynote)