Hello, LYS Nation.  This is the 2,000th 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 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 was on September 18, 2014

The 1,700th post was on February 20, 2015

The 1,800th post was on June 25, 2015

The 1,900th post was on November 12, 2015

The 2,000th post is today, April 21, 2016

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.     Maximize Your Instructional Time (8/20/2015)

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

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

6.     Be the Best Me in the Classroom (11/14/2014)

7.     Closing the Lesson – It’s All About the Plan (10/22/2014)

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

9.     How To Turn “Pencil on Paper” Activities Into Critical Writing (10/28/15)

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

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

12.  TheFive Fundamentals of Classroom Environment (8/19/2015)

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

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

15.  Make the Last Month Count (4/25/2015)

There are now international readers and e-mail subscribers, with the following 48 countries represented: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, and Vietnam

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 student success.  Who knows what we will discuss in the next 100 posts.

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