October 10, 2018

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In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • Welcome New Members
  • XP Tracker is LIVE!
  • Leadership Application Closed
  • ACTION ITEM- Last Call- Vanchise Applications Due
  • ACTION ITEM-GaETC Registration Information - Register by October 13th
  • School Lead call
  • Twitter Chat
  • Webinars
  • Hack the Classroom
  • edcampFulton
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Shining a Spotlight on Success

Professional Learning:
  • Microsoft Trainings
  • Upcoming Professional Development

Mark your calendar

Oct 11- School Lead Call @ 7:00pm

Oct 11- Twitter Chat @ 7:30pm

Oct 13- Registration deadline for GaETC

Oct 19- Vanchise Application Deadline

Oct 23- Webinar @ 7:30

Oct 27- Hack the Classroom

Nov 7-9- GaETC

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Welcome New Members!

Thanks again to everyone who came out to help with interviews! Thanks to your efforts, we have offered membership to sixty amazing, passionate educators. They will begin work on the New Member Onboarding Program next week. Here are some quick stats on the incoming New Member class!

We have 60 new members representing 41 Fulton Schools.

CLC: 15

NELC: 10

NWLC: 17

SLC/AZ: 16

53 are teachers.

5 are METIs.

2 are instructional support staff.

44 are from elementary schools.

14 are from middle schools.

7 are from high schools.

Some interesting jobs include Orchestra Director, AVID Coordinator, and STREAM Teacher.

They have just been added to the Vanguard General channel in Teams, so please show them our best Vanguard hospitality!

Vanguard XP Tracker

The new Vanguard XP Tracker is now live! You can access it right here. Thanks everyone for your patience as I worked to build a tracker from the ground up on top of our new streamlined XP submission system. I was even able to implement a frozen top row and frozen left columns to make your browsing experience much more convenient. It’s sorted by Learning Community, then school, then I think you’ll be pleased with the results! If you have any feedback, please email me at

I do want to strongly emphasize that it is critical for you to correctly enter your email address every time you submit an XP form. Your email is the key piece of data that connects everything together, so even a slight misspelling will lead to your points not correctly being reflected in the tracker.

Leadership Applications Closed

The application window for our open leadership positions in the CLC and NELC are now closed. Thank you to all who applied! We are now going through the applications and we will begin reaching out to applicants next week.

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Last Call! Vanchise Applications & Renewals- Due Oct 19th

Vanchise Application Deadline – Now Friday, October 19th

Given that we recently concluded our new member admission process, we want to give you one additional week to submit a Vanchise Application/Renewal. Our hope is that you will take this time to meet with any applicants at your school that we could not accept during this recruiting window, and explore ways for you to involve them in a Vanchise at your school.


Extend the reach of your Vanguard Team by starting a Vanchise! Vanchise teams have the latitude to tackle any tasks and challenges that are related to Vanguard's mission.

The perks?

Collaborating with an amazing group of educators + $1,000 as a team to spend subject to the same rules as the regular stipend.

We are asking all of our Vanchises, new and returning, to complete the Vanchise application and set for themselves a single SMART goal aligned to our four pillars... TIMS. See the application for more details.

Vanchise Application

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GaETC Registration Deadline – THIS SATURDAY!

If you plan to attend GaETC, please register as soon as possible. The deadline of October 13th is coming up very quickly!

I want to answer two frequently asked questions for the benefit of everyone:

  • Unfortunately, no, you cannot transfer your registration to anyone else if you cannot attend.
  • New members DO NOT register at this time. We are still working on the logistics and we will communicate directly with new members about GaETC next week.


GaETC is a 3-day event, November 7-9, 2018 at the Georgia International Convention Center (2000 Convention Center Concourse; College Park, GA 30337).

As a member of Vanguard, your attendance and your substitute is paid for by the Instructional Technology department!

You can attend 3 days, 2 days or 1 day. All you need to do is follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Discuss with your Principal.
  2. Secure your Sub
  3. Register for GaETC before Oct. 13th, 2018!

Chris Olateru will communicate with your school bookkeeper concerning the substitute reimbursement.

Fulton County Vanguard Members have been assigned the Group Code FCVAN350. You must register to attend the conference no later than Oct. 13 so that you will receive your name badge by mail and expedite your check-in onsite. We must have a completed registration for each person attending the conference.

Please note: Any registrations already assigned DO NOT have to be re-submitted unless a substitution is needed.

How to Register:

Register @

  3. Enter your email address. SUBMIT Register myself for this event.
    1. If you are in the system, your information from last year will populate – make necessary updates.
    2. If you are NOT in the system, complete the ‘New Registrant” page
  4. Registration Options, select ‘I have a Pre-Paid Group Code’
  5. As you complete the form, there is a box - ‘Please select a conference registration type or code’, select FCVAN350 – Full Conference
  6. If you register for Pre-Conference Workshops, you are responsible for the cost of the workshop
  7. Payment Options, select ‘Pre-Paid Group Code’
  8. Submit

You will receive a confirmation email once registration is complete, and your name badge will be mailed to you after Oct. 25th.

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School Lead Call – Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm

We will be conducting our meeting in Microsoft Teams, and the link to join the meeting will appear in the Vanguard School Lead Team - General channel.

Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm

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Join Us for a Twitter Chat- Oct 11 @ 7:30pm

NWLC Vanguard Leadership Team member, Jennifer Beard, will be leading our next #FCSVanguard Twitter Chat. The topic is Leveraging Technology Tools to Create Personalized Learning Experiences, and will take place on Thursday October 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Check out her questions in advance here: What resource(s) are you planning to share or contribute to this conversation

Interested in hosting, sharing a topic idea, or anything else "Twitter related"? Read below!

We are looking for hosts for our coming Twitter chats! Please let us know if you are interested or know a colleague inside or outside of Fulton County who you believe would make a great host! Have ideas on the perfect topic? Reach out and let me know! Hosts, topics, and all things Twitter can be submitted here:

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Monthly Webinars for Vanguard

Starting this month Vanguard members will have an opportubuty to participate in a Twitter chat and/or attend a webinar. These webinars will be the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. You will join the meeting via the Vanguard Team in Team. Join us for the first session on October 23. Mindy Ramon will be demonstrating how easy it is to schedule and hold an online meeting in Teams. Anyone including students, parents, or anyone around the world could join your meeting.

We are looking for your feedback on topics for future webinars. What do you want to learn? Do you have something you would like to teach are showcase to the rest of team? Please complete this quick form to let us know.

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Hack the Classroom is live on October 27

Microsoft's next Hack the Classroom event is devoted to the changemakers in education and the passionate innovators in student-centered learning. Learn from the educators who help students build future-ready skills and who ignite their interest in STEM learning. These passionate educators will generously share their techniques and philosophies for creating better student outcomes during the event. By joining Hack the Classroom, you will learn tips and tricks and hear inspiring stories from educators across the globe.

Hack the Classroom will be streamed live on Facebook, connecting thousands of teachers from all over and demonstrating how anyone can feel empowered to take risks and support a new generation of students, looking for tomorrow’s most necessary skills. It all starts on October 27th at 8:00 a.m. PDT.


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edcamp Fulton- October 27th

Saturday, October 27th

We have our first EdCamp scheduled and ready to go! It will be Saturday, October 27th from 9am – 12pm at Hapeville Elementary School in the CLC.

If you’re not familiar with the EdCamp model, here are some things you should know.

  • Free and open to all. Invite anyone from your Vanchise and school that might be interested!
  • Participant-driven. Sessions are determined by the participants before and at the event; there are no presentations or keynotes. The goal is to keep sessions spontaneous, interactive and responsive to everyone’s needs.
  • Experience, not Experts. The educators in the room are professionals worthy of sharing their expertise in a collaborative setting.
  • Reliant on the Rule of Two Feet. Participants are encouraged to actively self-select the best content and sessions. If the session you’re in isn’t for you, or isn’t meeting your needs, go find one that is!

In an upcoming VanWeekly, we will ask for your session ideas so we can begin to plan for the event.

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Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick!

If you have a technology, instructional strategy/best practice, or coaching tip, etc. please share!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick here

Shining a Spotlight on Success

Are you transforming learning in your classroom? Have the TIM-O and coaching cycle helped you mentor others at your school? Have you been recognized for being an innovative educator? Do you have a new tech tool that you've successfully implemented?

We would like to "Shine a Spotlight on Success" and see what is transpiring around the county within the Vanguard family. Please share your success stories with us! You may see your "Spotlight" in an upcoming Vanweekly!

Share Your Success!

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Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy (MIE)-

October 12 at North Learning Center (8:30-3:30)

*Register in Edivate

Going Paperless with Microsoft Teams: Part 2


All sessions will be held at the District Office at 6201 Powers Ferry Road.

October 4- 4:30-6:30 pm

October 5- 8:30-10:30 am

October 5- 1:00-3:00 pm

October 16- 4:00-6:00 pm

*Register in Edivate in the Instructional Technology catalog.

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Vanguard Leadership Team

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Fulton County Vanguard Team

Mission: Building the capacity of instructional leaders to transform learning and teaching.

Vision: Through building colaborative relationships and supporting student focused learning, the Vanguard Team will positively impact student achievement.

Pillars: Transform, Innovate, Mentor, & Support (TIMS)


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