Hello, LYS Nation.  This is the 1,600th post to the column, so as has become our 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 was on October 30, 2013

The 1,500th post was on April 7, 2014

The 1,600th post is today, September 18, 2014

The top 15 posts, in terms of distribution, have been:

1.     Your Best STAAR Preparation Plan – Section 2 (3/6/2014)

2.     Your Best STAAR Preparation Plan – Section 1 (3/5/2014)

3.     Student Test Taking Anxiety is 99% on Us (3/12/2014)

4.     Campus Security Checklist (12/18/2012)

5.     A Reader Writes… Lesson Framing – Part 1 (10/11/2013)

6.     New From the Lead Your School Lab… The Fundamental 5 Classroom App (8/26/2014)

7.     A Reader Asks… HS Math Lesson Frames (2/19/2014)

8.     Your 6-step STAAR Preparation Strategy (12/14/2012)

9.     A Principal Asks… Should We Frame a Test (11/6/2013)

10.  Make the Last Month Count (4/25/2014)

11.  A Reader Asks… Lesson Framing (3/18/2014)

12.  Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game (6/26/2013)

13.  Dr. Rich Allen Writes… The Room Set-up Matters (8/20/2014)

14.  A Superintendent Writes… A Drop In Scores (7/17/2013)

15.  A Reader Asks… We Need a POWER ZONE Explanation (10/29/2013)

There are now international readers and e-mail subscribers, with the following 40 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, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, 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.

A Little Blatant Self Promotion:

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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.

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