February 20, 2019

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In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • RSVP to edcampFulton
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Do you have a Success Story?
  • Needs Assessment Survey
  • Share your good idea!
  • Twitter Chat
  • School Lead call
  • Webinar
  • DENATL opportunity
  • New Member Corner
  • Shining a Spotlight on Success
  • Learning Opportunities for Microsoft- Minecraft Education Edition

Mark your calendar

Feb 23- Edcamp at AHS

Feb 26- Webinar

Feb 28- Digital Learning Day 2019

Feb 28- Needs Assessment Survey Due

March 14 - Twitter Chat

March 14 - School Lead Call

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EdCamp February 23- Alpharetta High School

February 23- Alpharetta High School


Please spread the word and invite others at your school.

What is an EdCamp?

  • An organic, participant-driven professional learning experience.
  • A community created by educators, for educators.
  • The leading edge of professional development in education.

Tenants of EdCamp

  • Free
  • Open to everyone
  • Created by participants on the day
  • Sessions facilitated by anyone
  • Reliant on the "rule of two feet” that empowers everyone to find session that meet their needs
  • Vendor-free events

EdCamp 101

Why Celebrate Digital Learning Day?

With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these pockets of innovation are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.

Vanguardians across FCS are among those doing AMAZING things in their classroom with technology. To Fulton County's Vanguard team, EVERYDAY is digital learning day! We are asking on Feb 28th take to Twitter (using these hashtags #everydaydigital #DLD19 #fcsvanguard) and share your amazing ideas and cool things you are doing in your classroom as a way to share the great work we do on a daily basis!

Do You Have an iReady Success Story to Share?

Share online with #MyiReady!

Proud of your students’ learning and growth? Excited about how you celebrated their success? Pumped to share their progress toward growth measures or increased placement? Tell us your story!

Share your photos, stories, celebrations, growth, and successes from the second Diagnostic:

  • Post your success story on social media
  • Use the hashtag #MyiReady
  • Get noticed and be featured!
    Tag us: @CurriculumAssoc

Follow #MyiReady to get inspiration from other educators!

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Webinar-Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 26th, from 7:30-8:30!

Vanguard Webinar- Coaching and Collaboration

Hear from several fellow Vanguard members who will share techniques that have worked for them!

Look for the meeting invitation in the Vanguard Team-->Monthly Webinars channel.

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Please complete the Needs Assessment Survey by Feb 28th

Don't forget to complete the needs assessment survey by February 28th! We already have over 50 responses following the email earlier this week. Don't miss out on letting us hear your voice! The more information you can give us the better we are able to support you!

School Lead Call - March 14th @ 7:00pm

Looking forward to connecting with our School Leads on March 14th @ 7:00pm.

Twitter Chat -March 14th @ 7:30

Topic and questions are TBA. Questions will be posted in Teams!

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:

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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New Members- Stipend Info and Modules

Vanguard New Members 2018-2019 Rock! We appreciate how hard you are working and thank you for sticking it out with us! We are so glad to have you on our team. A few announcements:

New Members Need 50 Points by 2/13/2019 in order to receive your stipend!

Check your points on the New Member Tracker here:

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At the end of every module complete the Module Completion Form your points will automatically calculate.

If you are having any issues, concerns please reach out to New Members Team : Christian Padgett, Pam Kelly, Jill Fears

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Shout out to Ms. Tiffany Stoney @stoneysclass, Woodland Middle School

She collaborated with her school's KSU iTeach Coach to create a Math VR/AR Geometry Lab to use in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math for when students start their geometry units. Their KSU iTeach Coach, Mrs. Wagstoff, created a virtual reality maze that the students can journey through using the VR googles. They joined forces to create geometry questions that the students can solve as go through the maze. The students were able to see the shapes in 3D by using the iPads and the Merge Cubes. They were able to see the geometric figures in 3D, see a real world object of the shape, and identify the formulas to calculate the volume of the different shapes. Check out their work!

Nominate someone or submit your own Spotlight Vanguard Member!

Vanleads, do you see any vanguard members at your school doing something awesome? Were they struggling with a tool before and are now using it? BRAG on our Vanguard members. If you see something awesome, please submit about your team member.

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

Share Your Success!

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Are you a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator?

If so, Mindy Ramon has some t-shirts to give away. If you would like a shirt, please fill out this form. Sizes available are XL, XXL, and XXXL. Please make sure you have the certified MIE badge in your profile on the Microsoft Educator community.

Microsoft Teams Training- March 11

Microsoft Teams Training- March 11

If interested, please register in Edivate in the Professional Development Days catalog. Pass along the info to others in your building

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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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