Hello, LYS Nation.  This is the 1,400th 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 was on March 7, 2012

The 1,100th post was on August 24, 2012

The 1,200th post was on February 1, 2013

The 1,300th  post was on June 5, 2013

The 1,400th post is today, October 30, 2013

The top 15 posts, in terms of distribution, have been: 1.     Campus Security Checklist (12/18/2012) 2.     Your 6-step STAAR Preparation Strategy (12/14/2012) 3.     A Reader Writes… Lesson Framing – Part 1 (10/11/2013) 4.     Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game (6/26/2013) 5.     Make the Last Month Count (5/9/2013) 6.     A Reader Requests… The Fundamental 5 / PDAS Alignment (8/20/2013) 7.     A Teacher Shares… Testing for Testing’s Sake (5/8/2013) 8.     A Superintendent Writes… Common Assessments – A Teacher Who Gets It (9/20/2013) 9.     Getting Ready for Kickoff (7/25/2013) 10.  It Seems That CSCOPE is the Root of All Evil – Part 2 of 4 (2/13/2013) 11.  Top Tweets From the Week of September 8, 2013 (9/16/2013) 12.  A LYS Teacher Asks… What Do You Really Think? (3/19/13) 13.  A Reader Writes… The Common Assessment Process – Part 4 (10/1/2013) 14.  A New Principal Asks… Student Apathy (3/29/2012) 15.  Top Tweets From the Week of May 12, 2013 (5/20/2013)

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There are now international readers and e-mail subscribers, with the following 38 countries represented: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela

All of this is incredibly exciting; especially when you consider that not too long ago, every number was 0.

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