August 29, 2018

Wow! That's a LOT of great information!

Hello Vanguardians! We hope everyone is having a great week. This issue of the VanWeekly is chock full of a lot of very important information. Please be sure to read it carefully! There are some items that need your immediate attendion. We hope you enjoy the Labor Day Holiday weekend!

The Vanguard Leadership Team

Check out this FANTASTIC Opportunity to Learn about Coaching!

Peer mentoring is an essential component of the Vanguard mission and vision and we are committed to providing you with learning opportunities that will help you grow as effective coaches. We are very excited to announce a fabulous opportunity for our members to learn more about Coaching Essentials with Jan Brown from the Georigia State University Principals Center. Jan is an expert in the field of coaching and has been an integral member of the team who developed the FCS Coaching Framework. We have secured spots for 60 lucky Vanguard members to participate in this in depth two-day course. You don't want to miss out on this great opportunity, complete the interest form below today!

Session Description: Participants will review The FCS Coaching Framework to understand the FCS mission, vision, goals, theory of action and logic model. You will learn how to implement the first part of the FCS Coaching Cycle including pre-conference, and observation techniques and coaching actions. Coaches will learn the components of trust to build positive relationships with teachers to enroll them to commit to coaching. You will also learn and experience possible coaching actions, the 6 steps of effective feedback, as well as plan for and implement the Post-Reflection Conference.

If you are interested in participating in the course just follow these easy steps:

  1. Read the Coaching Essentials Participant Outline for a detailed description of the course objectives and activities.
  2. Talk to your principal and get permission to attend.
  3. Complete the Coaching Essentials Interest Form below by Monday, September 10th.
  4. You will be notified via email as we schedule people into cohorts for the course (see dates below).

Note: The Instructional Technology Department will pay for your substitute.

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New Member Applications Opening Next Week

The new member application window will be open September 4-14. We will send out an email on Tuesday with the link to the application. In the meantime, if your school team has fewer than 4 members, please spread the word and talk to prospective members who you think would be great for our team. Below is some additional information you can share with people about what the application will require.

Directions to Share with Prospective Applicants

Create a 2-3 minute product (video, Sway, PowerPoint, presentation, etc.) that answers the following questions and expresses how you embody Vanguard's four pillars (TIMS: Transform, Innovate, Mentor, and Support). Have fun and be creative!

  1. Why do you want to join Vanguard?
  2. Describe how you have incorporated technology in innovative ways into instruction.
  3. How have you impacted the learning of your colleagues? Has your reach extended beyond the four walls of your classroom to mentor and support other teachers?
  4. If you become a Vanguardian, how do you hope it will impact your current role over the next 12 months?

You must include artifacts/evidence and integrate them into your product. For example, you might edit pictures or documents into a video, but cannot create a video and then upload or email your artifacts separately. Your product should be available online (cloud hosted, on YouTube, etc.), so that all we need to access it is the web address you will give us below. Please ensure that we will have the necessary permissions to view your submission.

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Vanguard Points Update

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At the Vanguard Kickoff event, we shared that there are many processes and procedures that are currently being reviewed to make sure that they are supporting the needs of our team. We know that many of you are anxious to get started doing the work of Vanguard and logging your points. The Leadership Team has been busy reviewing this process and making some important changes to the points system, which we hope you will be excited about. We will be sharing the new system with you very soon. We also want to assure you that we will be taking into consideration the timline of getting you the information as we determine point requirements. Again, we appreciate your patience as we work together to ensure that our structures best support the work of the team and its members.
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GaETC 2018 Registration is Now Available

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Calling all Vanguard Members!

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.

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GaETC is Accepting Applications for the 2018 Innovation Grants!

Who: The opportunity to apply for an Innovation Grant is open to all Georgia teachers, media specialists, counselors, or any combination of persons within a school setting.

What: A maximum of $10,000 in Innovation Grants will be awarded, with each individual grant not to exceed $2,500.

When: The deadline to apply for grants is September 15, 2018.

For Additional Details Visit:

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Upcoming Professional Development

Need Support? Help is just a click away!

Vanguard Leadership is working hard to plan a calendar of meaningful professional development opportunities for Vanguard members. If there is instructional technology related professional development that you would like to have at your school, please contact Mindy Ramon for support. We have resources available to provide training at schools for district provided technology such as SAFARI Montage, Office 365, Seesaw, Edgenuity, and more. You may also be interested in accessing the Instructional Technology Training site, which has a wealth of information about each of the resources the district provides.

High Quality Professional Learning

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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)