October 17, 2018

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In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • One Event- edcampFulton + Hack the Classroom
  • Are you getting Vanguard emails?
  • ACTION ITEM- NEW MEMBERS-GaETC Registration Information
  • ACTION ITEM- Last Call- Vanchise Applications Due
  • School Lead call
  • Webinars
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Shining a Spotlight on Success

Mark your calendar

Oct 13- Registration deadline for GaETC

Oct 19- Vanchise Application Deadline

Oct 23- Webinar @ 7:30

Oct 27- edcamp + Hack the Classroom

Nov 7-9- GaETC

Nov 15- School lead call 7:00pm

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EdCamp and Hack the Classroom

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One Event! Oct 27th

As both events are scheduled for the morning of Saturday, October 27th, we are combining these events! Please take note of the updated schedule:

8:30am – 11:00am: EdCamp Fulton

11:00am – 12:30pm: Hack the Classroom

Both events will be at Hapeville Elementary School.

For Hack the Classroom, we will project the live feed, have parallel discussions, and even live Tweet the event. We hope you will join us!



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.


Hack the Classroom

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.


Make sure you are getting Vanguard emails

In order to ensure you are getting emails that are sent to, please follow these steps in Outlook.

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Are You Presenting at GaETC?

GaETC is coming up quickly in just 21 days, and we want to know if you were selected to present a session. If you are presenting, please respond to this brief survey.

We will be packaging this information together and sharing it out to the whole team so we can support you at the conference. It’s also critical for us to ensure that you are registered properly, so please respond as soon as you are able. Thank you!

GaETC Registration Now Open for New Members!

New members have until October 26th to register, but we will be opening registration up to Vanchise members on October 22nd on a first come first serve basis. We encourage new members to register before Monday so that we have as accurate a count as possible to know how many spots are available to Vanchise members.

Please note, the Instructional Technology department will pay for subs for all Vanguard members, but the school will need to pay for subs for Vanchise members. Remember, all Vanguard and Vanchise members who wish to attend the conference will need to obtain permission from their principal.


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.

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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School Lead Call – Thursday, November 15th 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, November 15th at 7:00pm

October 23 Webinar

Join us for our first monthly webinar on October 23 at 7:30. Mindy Ramon be facilitating this month and will talk all about online meetings. Learn how to hold/record online meetings with your Vanchise, students, parents, or anyone else in the world. Join the meeting using the invite that is posted in the "Monthly Webinars" channel.

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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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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A few reminders for NEW members

  • New members call on 10/18/2018 at 7pm on TEAMS
  • Link for Module 1 -Go to and type in the following code to access the first Module.... VOENB
  • Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that we will be using with the team. Introduce yourself at password is Vanguard
  • The registration deadline for NEW members is Friday 10/26/2018. An email from Justin Evans with information on how to submit was sent to you.
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Shining a Spotlight on Success

Crystal B. and Mindy R. recently co-facilitated a MIE Teacher Academy training at North Learning Center. These "Vanguard Rockstars" engaged educators with mini-tasks and tips from Microsoft Office 365. Way to Go!!

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

Share Your Success!

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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

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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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