March 24 - March 27, 2017


You Talked....We Listened

One of the recurring themes from the conversations I'm having with school leads is that a better, deeper understanding of the TIM-O and platform is needed. In response to that, I will be sending a TIM Tech Tip video each week. We're starting SUPER basic with the technical aspects of accessing the tool and will transition into the application of the TIM-O for your coaching.

We hope this helps to develop your understanding of how this tool works to inform the work you're doing at your school.

TIM - Tech Tips - Log In & Begin Observation


Applications to Present at GaETC are Available

The Vanguard Team VERY STRONGLY encourages you to apply to present at GaETC in November! The application deadline is rapidly approaching and we would love to have huge Vanguard numbers representing us this year!

Things to consider:

  • Present with someone else. No one says you have to do it alone! The KSU iTeach coaches are a TREMENDOUS resource and would be thrilled to partner with you.
  • You don't have to be an expert. You're doing amazing work in your classrooms and schools. Submit an application to present on something that's gone well for you or something you're passionate about!
  • Reach out for feedback or advice. Talk to you Vanguard school members and get their thoughts on your presentation, reach out to a KSU coach for advice, or send something my way!

Applications are due on April 1, 2017.

VanCon 2017 - June 9

Last year we hosted our first MAJOR VanCon at the Georgia Hotel and Conference Center. This year, we're back in the same location, but we're going to have an entirely different experience. Instead of inviting outsiders, it's just us - Vanguard and Vanchise - getting back to our roots.

We won't be focused on sessions about personalized learning, or even showcasing the latest and greatest tools. Instead, VanCon will be about coaching, conversations, communication, and connections. We're going to define who we are, what we do, and how we're going to do it. The team will have more input than ever before as to what Vanguard means, what it takes to be a Vanguard member, and how we want to charge into the 2017-2018 school year.

I've never been more excited about a Vanguard event and I hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us.

And because these things matter too...

  • Light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included all day.
  • Parking is free.
  • This counts as a 2016-2017 off-contract Vanguard event.
  • YOU WILL GET PAID FOR ATTENDING. (Approximately $20 an hour, but I'll have to verify for sure.)

Off-Contract Events

Are you worried about whether or not you'll meet your off-contract event requirement for Vanguard? Well, we've made some adjustments, additions, and exceptions.

For a list of all previous events, as well upcoming events, please check the link below.


  • If you presented at GaETC, this WILL count as off-contract because of the prep work.
  • If you presented at Bear Creek's RLC, this WILL count as off-contract because of the prep work.
  • If you attend OR present at Summer Summit, this WILL county as off-contract.

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PERSONAL PD: #fcsvanguard Chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017

This week we had another first timer hosting, #fcsvanguard and I was FINALLY able to attend a live Tweet-Up at 5 Seasons North with some amazing members!

Carolyn Hutcheson, Ocee ES, led a great conversation about Strategies for Professional and Personalized Learning.

This Week's Chat is WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017

We will have another first time host this week with Pam Kelly, Alpharetta HS, and a first time live Tweet-Up in the CLC!!

Join the CLC at Marlow's Tavern (Prado Shopping Center) at 7:00 p.m. to get in BOTH your 1 Twitter Chat requirement AND an off-contract event!

CLC Live Tweet Up

Wednesday, March 29th, 7-8:30pm

5590 Prado Pl, Sandy Springs, GA 30342

Join the CLC and Vanguard for the event!

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Open Hosting Positions

There are several open slots for hosting one of our Vanguard Twitter chats. Please consider signing up to host. You don't need to list a topic just yet, but we'd love to get each slot filled! Thanks in advance! Twitter Chat Hosts - #fcsvanguard
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Vanguard Files: 2016-2017

Find all coaching plans, Vanguard expectations and commitment form, Vanguard logos, and team information.

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