Standing on Shoulders: A Post of Gratitude

in , by Stephanie, April 17, 2018

Yesterday was a big day. An advanced copy of my book, Literacy Coaching: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools andTechnology, from the amazing Heinemann Publishers arrived on my doorstep. As you can imagine, it was a celebratory moment with my family. As they eagerly opened the box and started flipping through the pages, they were instantly drawn to the dedication that was especially written for them. As I watched them excitedly browse the pages, I couldn’t help but stand back and take it all in with tears of happiness springing to my eyes. I celebrated the moment and was incredibly thankful for the incredible educators, mentors, colleagues and friends who have helped me arrive at this very moment.

In the Acknowledgements of my book, I wrote: 

As all educators do, I stand on the shoulders of the many literacy teachers, leaders and researchers who came before me. They inspire me to better support teachers to ultimately impact student learning. Thank you to all the educators who continue to make the world a better place, one student at a time.

As I reveled in the moment last night, I realized that not only do I stand on the shoulders of all the many educators who came before me, I stand on the shoulders of the many educators, colleagues, mentors, family and friends who lift me up: my fellow teacher educators who support teacher learning, the literacy coaches who work tirelessly to empower teachers, the teachers who work alongside me to reflect on their practices, the students who welcome me into the their classrooms and their reading lives and my colleagues, near and far, who rally and support each other as we learn together. I thank all of you for your dedication, your collaboration and the inspiration you provide to the profession.

I’ll end my post of gratitude with an image that brought great joy to my heart: my daughter’s post on her Instagram account sharing her pride and acknowledging my hard work: 


I stand on her shoulders today and the shoulders of all who have lifted me up with your collaboration and congratulations. I couldn’t have told my story without you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  1. Stephanie, this is so exciting. I am really interested in this book and love that you have compiled this post to promote it. Self promotion goes a long way and is sometimes totally worth the indulgence.

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    1. I appreciate your response, Heather! I wanted to share this post with the group because SOL educators have supported my writing and are such dedicated educators. I am inspired by the group and I hope this post conveyed my thanks and gratitude to the many who reached out to me!

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  2. Stephanie,
    I am beyond thrilled for you and this amazing accomplishment! A book! And I can't wait to get my hands on it. So much to celebrate and so proud of the work you are doing in education with literacy and pre-service teachers -- and so many of us continue to learn with you in this PLN! So excited to celebrate YOU and this new book!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! The seed idea for this book began with #cyberPD, so I am thrilled to share this with you. We are stronger together and I hope this offers just a bit of thanks for the support, encouragement and collaboration you (and others!) have given me!

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  3. The book looks extraordinary - and what truth in our standing on the shoulders of those who've gone before us. We get to see a little higher and farther because of it. Well-said, so well-captured. Congratulations on seeing much hard work come to fruition!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Fran. I love your addition: we see higher and farther because of those who came before us, as well as those who lift us up. Thank you!

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  4. That cliche about teamwork making the dream work... It rings true, especially when defining the team generously across time, place, and platform as you do. All the best as your book heads out into the world!

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    1. You are so right, Brian. When we redefine what it means to be part of a virtual team, and use technology to move across boundaries, amazing things can happen. Thank you for your kind words!

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  5. Stephanie, this post brought tears to my eyes! To be able to work with and learn from you is such an honor and always a wonderful time. Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment! I can't wait to read it!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Kristen! I feel exactly the same. I certainly stand on your shoulders as a result of the amazing teaching and coaching you share with our group!

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