Today is a special day. Exactly fifty-two weeks ago on this very day, we launched Burkins and Yaris, Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy. Our first post, simply titled Welcome to Burkins and Yaris, shared that “with six shifts and thirty-two national standards in literacy, schools are in the uncomfortable position of figuring out where to begin implementing the Common Core.” We charged ourselves with the responsibility “of closely examining the educational landscape” and poised ourselves “to be your guide through the Common Core and the next generation of literacy learning.” Ironically, in addition to being the anniversary of our first post, this is also our 300th post, which seems a fitting way to commemorate such an important milestone.
This year has been an adventure for us. Over the course of the past year, we have wrestled with issues, struggled to make deadlines, connected with incredible people, and forged what we trust will be a lifelong friendship with each other. We have kept a meticulous record of this journey which we’ve archived in this big green binder that Kim keeps in her home. As you can see, it is filled with post-its and dog ears tracking our thinking about where we’ve been and our thoughts about where we might go next.
…and we have plenty of thoughts of where we will go next. But first, we need to indulge ourselves in a nostalgic trip down memory lane so this week, our plan is to share some thoughts about our writing process and highlight some of the things that we’ve learned through this adventure.
Our hope is to end the week with “favorite” posts, both ours and yours, and ask you to remind us of the post that resonated most with you so we can include it in Friday’s compilation.
We end today by saying a heartfelt thank you to all of our readers. Your comments and feedback serve as the fuel for this journey. We appreciate you and look forward to another great year!