February 15, 2018

Hello Friend,

February is flying and we are 13 days away from a DEADLINE! Yes, 13 days away from COACHING Check 2 needing to be submitted. Take time now to ensure you are on pace to meet this due date. Peer coaching is at the heart of what we are all about. Keep up all the great work you are doing with coaching!... and don't miss the deadline to turn in COACHING CHECK 2 by FEB 28. Here is a reminder of the COACHING EXPECTATIONS.

I am so amazed at the number of applications we received for Mini-Grants. Our Vanguard members are doing such great things at their schools. We are beginning the process to evaluate each application. I can't wait to share the results with everyone. Please be patient while we work through all the applications.

Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you Health, Happiness & Joy!

Andrea Tseng-Rioux

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New INFO This Week in the VanWeekly

  • Apple Lenox Teacher Field Trip...................February 27th
  • Microsoft Teams for Students Training.....TONIGHT
  • #FCSVanguard Chat..................................... February 22nd
  • School Leads Call ..........................................March 8th
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Apple Lenox Teacher Field Trip

When: February 27th

Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Where: Apple Lenox

Did you know the Notes app on your Apple Device does more than just provide you a place to take notes? Notes actually lets you collect all your words, images, videos, links, lists, locations, and more, all in one place and sync them across your Apple devices. Join your fellow Vanguardians at the Lenox Apple Store to learn how to collect everything into one amazing note!

Sign Up Here!

Microsoft Teams for STUDENTS Training- TONIGHT

Microsoft Teams (Office 365 app) has been enabled for students. This is really exciting news! Mindy Ramon has scheduled 30 min. info sessions over the next week for Vanguard. Please join one of the sessions listed below to get more information about how a class Team works with students. The link will connect you to Skype for Business online. You may be prompted to install the Web App. You will enter your name and then click Join.

Feb. 15- 7:00 PM

For more information about Teams, please visit the FCS Office 365 training site.

You will earn 10 #VanPoints for participation. Be sure to look for the link from Mindy at the end of the session.

#FCSVANGUARD Chat- February 22

Topic: Office 365 and how to integrate it in the classroom

Hosted By: Joe Cambre @Mr_Cambre

Remember, all of your tweets need to contain: #fcsvanguard
This Semester we will continue Twitter chats twice a month on Thursday at 7:30PM.

Dates: Feb. 22, Mar. 8 & 22, Apr. 12 & 26, May 3 & 17

Be prepared for the participation link at the VERY END! #VanPoints

School Leads Call- March 8

Time: 7:00 PM

Date: March 8th

via FreeConferenceCall

  • dial-in number: (515) 604-9510
  • access code: 744554
Follow the agenda & conversation in Microsoft Teams.

Save the Date: Mar 8, Apr 12, May 3

*points will be awarded for participating in these calls.

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Previously... In the VanWeekly

  • EdCamp Fulton ....................................February 24
  • Microsoft Training Opportunity..... February 15nd
  • Stipend Deadline................................ March 20th
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First round of stipends have been released to book keepers. Deadline to spend money is MARCH 20, 2018.

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.


twitter retweet challenge for edcamp

Retweet this tweet about EdCamp Fulton and tag a fellow educator who you think might be interested!

Earn 1 bonus point

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Bear Creek Middle School - February 24th

Ridgeview Middle School- March 24

#VanPoints awarded for attending! Be sure to complete the form at the end of the event.

Open the link below for details. March 24 event details & RSVP will come out in mid Feb.

Microsoft Training Opportunity

Register now for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy facilitated by fellow Vanguard teammates, Dana Munson and Lin Lee. This academy will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00-2:30 at Riverwood High School. Spend the day learning about OneNote, Sway, Teams, Forms, Skype and earn this special badge.

Click this link to register. Do you want to attend this training but are not available on March 3? There is an option for you to indicate that on the registration form. Please email Mindy Ramon in the Instructional Technology Department if you have questions or would like more information.

#VanPoints awarded for attending! Be sure to complete the form at the end of the event.

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New Member Corner

Please continue to monitor your points earned this semester at Take a minute, click through, and take a look at the column headers. All of the assignments and point values for the rest of the semester are now posted. I’ve also labeled certain assignments as optional. Just to be clear, everything not marked optional is, well, required.

All remaining content will be published to the iTunes U course over the next couple weeks, and next week’s assignment will be published tomorrow. I’ll make an announcement in Teams when it’s available. We have six weeks remaining before Spring Break, and the expectation is that you will all complete the course before then. For those of you eager for additional points, you will be able to earn 20 bonus points for completing an additional full coaching cycle with your coachee after Spring Break. Details on that to come later.

There will be one more new member call in March focused on coaching Q&A. If you have questions in the mean time, please post them to the new member Team so everyone can benefit from the answers.

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

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.

Leadership Team

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