Looking Back On Our Good to Great Journey

By Mary Howard

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Life journeys flamed by passion and purpose have always been at the heart of my work. On August 29, 2012 I embarked on a purposeful and passionate journey with the publication of my book, Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work that Matters (Heinemann). In late 2014, the sheer magnitude of that event began to unfold when Amy Brennan and Jenn Hayhurst invited me to join a weekly Twitter chat in celebration of my book. On January 8, 2015 #G2Great was born – and my passion and purpose was reignited beyond measure!

Exactly one year later, #G2Great and my friendship with Amy & Jenn has grown stronger. Every Thursday at 8:30 EST, dedicated educators across the country enthusiastically share their joys, dreams, and ponderings that come full circle to the question posed in my book, “How do we move from good to great teaching by focusing on the literacy work that matters? Our #G2Great chat is a weekly dose of inspiration that transformed my personal journey into a collaborative exploration of unexpected twists and turns…and I am forever changed!

Over the past fifty-two weeks, #G2Great has remained true to the very spirit that ignited this shared learning venture one year ago. Our first anniversary seems like a fitting time to launch our blog, Literacy Lenses, a natural progression along a celebratory pathway we have traveled alongside passionate educators who work tirelessly to enrich the learning lives of students.

More than ever, we need shared journeys fueled by an unwavering belief in our profession and a sense of dedication to our work. Amy, Jenn, and I set the stage for the #G2Great journey, but you have been our co-collaborators and your joyful dialogue has propelled our passion and purpose to new heights. We are grateful for this willing partnership and applaud you for all you do…

  • for believing you can and must make the choices that matter
  • for refusing to let anything impede you in achieving great work
  • for acknowledging in your every action that students deserve our best
  • for embracing continued professional learning in the name of children
  • for offering your time, talents and dedication day after day, year after year
  • for saying “NO” to work that doesn’t matter to say “YES” to work that does
  • for insisting that your students are the very heart and soul of decision-making
  • for believing that we still navigate our own journey of passion and purpose

Never underestimate the role you play, secure in the knowledge that you matter; to each other, our schools, our communities, and most of all our children and the direction education can and must take us on their behalf in the future. 

And so from our heart to yours, we celebrate our shared journey with a trip down the Good to Great Memory Lane 2015…

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9 thoughts on “Looking Back On Our Good to Great Journey”

  1. Congratulations!!!
    Mary, Jenn, Amy – welcome to the blogosphere!

    What an exciting announcement tonight. What an exciting year 2016 will be as we reflect on the past, in the gorgeous, carefully selected tweets above, and even review previous chats as we all grow and learn together. #G2Great

    All of your belief statements are so powerful, the ones I am lingering with now are:

    ” * for saying “NO” to work that doesn’t matter to say “YES” to work that does
    * for insisting that your students are the very heart and soul of decision-making”

    Absolutely the right reasons and the right time for this work! Again, congratulations (that’s our glasses clinking as we toast your successful launch!)!!!

    1. Beautifully said, Fran! I can hear the glasses clinking all the way in Tulsa! Thank you for your support, wisdom, dedication, and of course…your friendship!

  2. Love your message, your hearts, and your passion for learning, thinking, reflecting and sharing. Thank you for all you do and for the inspiration you bring to those around you each day! Congrats to you all!

  3. Congrats to you Mary, Amy, Jenn,
    You have created a wonderful safe space to share comments and concerns in #g2great chat. And now this launch! How wonderful to all who love to blog.

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