January 4, 2018

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back Vangaurd Team!

I have spent the break with family up north. It was beyond cold so as you can imagine I was not thrilled to see the extra cold temps this week! It was good to be with family to relax and refresh. I hope all of you have been able to enjoy the break and are ready to take on 2018!

The next two days will be filled with Professional Development all over the district. Use this time to grow as educators and prepare for the upcoming semester.

Please take time to read all the way through this VanWeekly. Lots of information!


Important Links

This area will always appear at the top of the VanWeekly. Please review these link regularly to ensure you are in good standing.
Vanguard Activity Points

View your current total or submit new activities.

December School Team Meetings

Local School Vanguard/Vanchise Meeting. Every Team member present should complete this form. Only for the current month.

Vanguard Coaching Information

Everything you need to know about coaching for this year can be found at this link.

December & January Check List

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Vanguard PD Day - Jan 5, 2018

Our first, official Vanguard PD Day will take place on January 5th at the GaTech Hotel and Conference Center. This will include coaching support, Vanguard updates, and make-up presentations from GaETC!

800 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

If you belong to more than one Fulton group, please be sure to check on whether or not you will be able to attend. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS VANGUARD EVENT IF YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE AT A DIFFERENT FULTON TRAINING.

Media Specialists will be at the conference center with us.


Vanguard Members are REQUIRED to bring their Vanguard iPad to this event!!

iPads will be used for several activities, and we will be checking/updating records as needed.

School Lead Meeting

ATTENTION School Leads!!! We will meet on Jan 5th @7:45AM in Conference B at the Georgia Tech Conference center. Please plan accordingly. Breakfast Snack will be served.
RSVP for Vanguard PD Day

Your name and email will be automatically recorded.

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Vanguard Stipend

The Vanguard stipend will not be issued until the second semester due to the budget freeze, however, we wanted to make you aware that many of you will be in jeopardy of not receiving the stipend.

If you have not received at least 25 Activity Points & Completed the 1st coaching check by December break, you will delay or not qualify for the stipend. If you submit items before the break, that is fine. But they are not guaranteed to be approved before 2nd semester.

*this does not apply to new members. New members must complete the first new member course.

Stipend Ideas 2017-2018

This year we are providing potential items in categories. This Padlet is not complete, but will help you start thinking of ideas. Start planning ahead in case their is a quick turn-around for purchasing.

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Volunteer for the Fulton County Schools Technology Fair!

If you're interested in volunteering for the FCS Tech Fair, please be sure to save the date and click the button to sign up.

Volunteering to support this event will earn FCS Activities points for Vanguard!

Here's more information: "Each year we have a Technology Competition for our students in grades 3 – 12. Students compete in 15 different categories from 3D Modeling, Animation, Robotics, Digital Game Design, and more. Please save the date and consider volunteering. We need judges, room captains, hall monitors, photographers, award ceremony presenters, hospitality people, etc…Believe me, there is a job for everyone and it takes about 200 volunteers to put the event together. We also always need help setting up on Friday night as well."

Questions? Contact Maryelizabeth Ward

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Extra Yard

FCS Vanguard will have a booth at the Extra Yard for Teachers Lounge. Consider coming down to the Georgia World Congress Center to check it out. This event is in conjunction with the National College Championships. You will receive 5 bonus #VanPoints for stopping by the booth. It looks to be a great event. Click the link below to get a ticket to the event.
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Save the Date!!!

Bearcreek Middle school - February 24th

Ridgeview Middle School- March 24

Open the link below for details.

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RLC Call for Presenters

It’s that time of year again! Yup, you guessed it…the Bear Creek Redefining Learning Conference 3.0 presenter application is live. Last year’s RLC 2.0hosted over 1600 attendees and has gained international attention the largest school-led Microsoft Showcase Schools event in U.S. History. We hope Vanguard members consider applying to present innovative practices at our annual conference.

Here are quick facts regarding the application process:

  • Application Link:
  • Presentation Length: Each presentation should be developed for a 50 minute session
  • Application Due Date: January 5, 2018
  • Application Status Notification Date: No later than February 4, 2018 (via email)
  • Application Requests from RLC Committee: We simply request that the presentation is Innovative!
  • Conference Date: March 9, 2018
  • Conference Location: Langston Hughes High School-7510 Hall Road, Fairburn, GA 30213
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Submit Issues with Activity Points

Please do not send individual emails regarding points. We need to access them on one form. We will be working through these by the end of the semester. Thank you!

FCS Vanguard Team

Our mission as a Vanguard team is to build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to personalize learning through coaching and instructional technology.