February 24, 2017


EdCamp Fulton: Powered by Vanguard

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Bear Creek's RLC

The RLC committee would like to arrange a meet-up between Vanguard members and Vice President of Microsoft Education, Anthony Salcito, as well the team behind FlipGrid. If you have not already registered for the RLC, please do so by using the link below.

Register for Bear Creek's RLC

Registration is free!

Volunteers and Judges Needed!

The Georgia Educational Technology Fair is still in need of volunteers and judges. Participating as a volunteer or judge WILL COUNT as an off-contract Vanguard event.

When – 3/11/2017

Where: Macon campus of Middle Georgia State University
Macon Campus
100 University Pkwy.
Macon, GA 31206

Time: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Positions: T-shirt booth, check-in, hall duty, runners, break down, award ceremonies, t-shirts at award ceremonies, judge check-in help

Judges can sign up at

Summer Summit Presenters Wanted

We’re excited about offering another great summer of learning! 2017 Summer Summit planning is underway, and the PL department is in the process of recruiting facilitators. Do you have personalized learning expertise that would be meaningful and worthwhile to share with other Fulton County teachers and leaders? If so, continue reading:

Event details and sessions submission instructions:

Dates: Elementary: June 5 & 6 and Secondary: June 7 & 8

Location & time: Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 8am-3pm

Content focus: Deepening our knowledge and skills of personalized learning

How do I apply to present at this district event? Click the following hyperlink: Presenter Application and submit all information prior to March 3rd, end of day. Presenter selections will be chosen based on need and interest.

Ideas for what type of content we’re looking for (not limited to only these):

· Strategies to personalize in literacy, math, social studies, science, and/or special areas

· Understanding of all 7 or specific principles

· Planning for personalized learning

· Quick wins

· Growth mindsets

· Professional learning for personalizing

· Universal Design for Learning

· Engaging & rigorous stations

· Classroom management

Stipends: Are awarded for development and presenting.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you!

Additional questions? Contact LISA STEELE.

Seesaw Information for ES Vanguard

This information was given to ES METIs but is applicable to Vanguard as well. If you are a Seesaw ambassador or heavy user at your school, please contact Mindy Ramon regarding School Admin access.


Recently the Instructional Technology Department purchased Seesaw for Schools for all elementary schools. Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates and even the world. Many teachers and students across the district have already been using the free version.

Each school needs to have at least one school admin who can set up accounts for teachers. You have been designated as a school admin. You should be receiving an email soon from Seesaw with directions on how to access this account. It is important that you respond within one week to the email invitation to set up your admin account. The invitation expires after that. All teachers who already had a free Seesaw account have been moved over to our district subscription. You will only need to setup accounts for teachers new to the Seesaw system as they request. Once teachers have an account they have the ability to create a class and set up accounts for students. The use of this tool is completely optional.

Instructional Technology will be communicating out information about Seesaw to Vanguard and CSTs over the next couple weeks. We will be letting them know to contact you if they would like an account setup. Directions on how to setup teacher accounts are linked on an FCS Seesaw info site that has been setup. There are also directions for how to set up school admin accounts for other people (CST, Vanguard, principal, etc.) as needed.

More information and training on Seesaw will be available in the future. There are several Getting Started tutorials linked our Seesaw info site. Please feel free to reach out if you have additional questions.

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Stipend Purchasing

As you continue to purchase with your Vanguard stipend, be sure to keep in mind....

  • Purchases must be made by March 15 or the funds are recalled from the school.
  • Purchases should benefit students, whether directly or indirectly.
  • The items belong to Vanguard. If you leave Fulton County, they must be returned.
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Coggle - Collaborative Mind Map

This week's installment of "I made this for grad school, so I'm passing it along" highlights the collaborative mind-mapping tool Coggle. It's quick and easy and a great tool for all ages. Take a look at some of the samples on the site, and if you really need more, you can watch the mini-screencast I made for school.

ITEC 7430 - Module 4
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March 13 - Fulton PD Day

Please use or pass along the information below regarding trainings on Fulton's upcoming PD day. Interested individuals can register in Edivate in the Professional Development Days catalog.

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Services for Exceptional Children has a job opening available for an Assistive Technology Support Teacher. It is a teacher contract position and is part of the special education department. The opening can be found on the job opening portal under JobID: 4622. Please forward to any who may be interested. A background in special education is required and the job is open until March 10th.

If you have additional questions, please contact Vanguard member, Gigi Whiteside.

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PERSONAL PD: #fcsvanguard Chat


Thank you to SLC lead Christian Padgett for hosting last night's Twitter chat. He stepped up two weeks in a row!!

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World Read Aloud Day

A giant shout out to all of the Vanguard members who worked with the KSU iTeach coaches to make WRAD 2017 a success at your schools. It was a fantastic example of teamwork and community. The students clearly enjoyed themselves!

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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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