October 23, 2019

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Mark your calendar

Oct 28- Microsoft Monday

Nov 5- GaETC Pregame PD event at Georgia International Convention Center

Nov 6-8- GaETC

Nov 14- Twitter Chat with Dr. Nathalie Henderson

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GaETC Pregame Event- Nov 5th

Register in Frontline. More info coming soon!

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GaETC- Now Open for Vanchise Members! Spaces Are Limited!

We have some extra available spots for GaETC and would like to offer the opportunity for Vanchise members to attend. If there are Vanchise members that would like to attend, have principal approval, and have secured a sub, please have them submit their information on this form.

This is not a guarantee that they will be able to attend. The spaces will be available on a first come first serve basis. They will receive a confirmation email by October 23 if we are able to provide them a registration. Please note: Their registration to the conference will be covered by FCS Instructional Technology but not the charge for the sub.

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Want to join the New Member Committee?

Are you a one person welcome wagon? Do you love welcoming new people and showing them the ropes? If so, we want you to join the New Member Committee! We are seeking one Vanguard member in each learning community to participate on the new member committee. As a member of the team, you will earn Activity XP, while shepherding a small group of new members through their on-boarding experience. You will be there to answer questions and monitor their progress in the new member course.

Ready to apply? Click here! (

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As many of you are aware, we have been working on developing new XP requirements for our non-instructional members. We wanted to ensure that these members felt supported in furthering the mission & vision of the Vanguard team, while recognizing the differences inherent to their varied roles. We sought feedback from non-instructional members to help guide the process, and at long last we are ready to share the new XP requirements with you! Thank you for waiting patiently, as we worked to develop a plan that has the flexibility that you requested and will highlight the important work you do in your varied roles.

Non-instructional XP Requirements

(all job classifications other than Teacher or METI)

Yearly Points: 100 XP

Flexible options for earning 100 XP

  • Option 1: 100 Activity XP

  • Option 2: Combination of Activity XP & Mentoring XP

    • Members may opt into earning mentoring XP by mentoring people on how to integrate instructional technology into their lessons.

    • This may be done through the 5-step mentoring cycle or through other mentoring activities

  • Option 3: Vanguard Impact Plan + 50 Activity XP

    • 50 Activity XP

    • Vanguard Impact Plan (50 XP - Template coming soon)

      • Creation of the plan (Oct/Nov) – 10 XP

      • 1st Plan Review (Dec/Jan) – 15 XP

      • 2nd Plan Review (Feb/Mar) – 15 XP

      • Final Reflection (April) – 10 XP

For specific XP Ideas for non-instructional members, visit the FCS Vanguard website:

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Kerry Shorr

Kerry Shorr (Vanguard member at Independence) has gone above and beyond not only supporting her own mentee this school year but all members of the teaching staff. Our school switched to a blended learning model this school year with utilizing the Edgenuity platform plus other tools to offer a blended learning experience for our students. Our structure allows for flexible pacing and scheduling and includes new dynamics and teachers are having to adjust their teaching and best practices. Ms. Shorr has dived in and supported teachers on Edgenuity along with other technology tools that can support blended learning. She is thinking outside of the box to help teachers and even students!

Nominate someone or submit your own Spotlight Vanguard Member!

Vanleads, do you see any vanguard members at your school doing something awesome? Were they struggling with a tool before and are now using it? BRAG on our Vanguard members. If you see something awesome, please submit about your team member.

Please share your success stories with us! You may see your "Spotlight" in an upcoming Vanweekly!

Share Your Success!

Vanguard Birthdays

Vanguard Wishes A Very Happy Birthday to

Allyson Baker 10/6

Marquise Delaney 10/7

Katie Pardee 10/10

Marisa DiSano 10/17

Elizabeth Blount 10/17

Heather Van Looy 10/27

Michelle Ragghianti 10/31

We want to celebrate our Vanguardian family. If you would like for us to recognize your birthday, please click this link.

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Mark your calendars

November 14th- Mark your calendar is our next Twitter chat! We were trending last Thursday! Let's keep up the hype! Our next host is the one and only Dr. Nathalie Henderson, Central Learning Community Area Superintendent, discussing mentoring!

Design Thinking Workshop-Click image to register

There are still spaces available in next week's Design Thinking Workshop. I would love to see you there!
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Learn Google Drawings

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School Leads!

  • Don't forget our next call is November 14th! An agenda will be posted this week in our Teams channel.

  • Check in with your teams:

    • Sign up for our GaETC PreGame (See directions above)

    • Promote the upcoming Twitter chat with CLC Area Superintendent Dr. Nathalie Henderson on November 14th at 7:30 following our call. We have been extremely active on Twitter so far! Let's keep the energy going!

    • The First Stipend Deadline is quickly approaching. Check in with your team and view their XP to help them be successful.

    • Ensure your members have participated in Flipgrid activities Password: Vanguard AND entered their professional learning goals for the year

  • Have a voice! How can we help our members work "Smarter NOT Harder?" Enter ideas on this Padlet and also share ways you can help support the effort!

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Vanguard Feedback

If you have ideas or feedback with anything related to Vanguard, we would love to hear from you! Responses are anonymous, but if you would like for us to contact you, please leave your name and email.
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Vanguard Leadership Team

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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