October 3, 2019

The Power of Mentoring

Instructional Coaching: Driving Meaningful Tech Integration

Mark your calendar

Oct 3- Twitter chat hosted by Nearpod

Oct 5- EdCamp at Hapeville Elementary

Oct 10-GaETC Registration Due

Oct 15- Vanwebinar

Oct 22- BONUS Vanwebinar on Flipgrid's Newest Features

Oct 28- Microsoft Monday

Nov 5- GaETC Pregame PD event at Georgia International Convention Center

Nov 6-8- GaETC

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Twitter Chat with Nearpod- Oct 3rd at 7:30

Please join us for an exciting Twitter chat with @Nearpod and Amber Calderon

@PeppyZestyTeach Nearpod's Senior Manager of Social Media and Content Marketing.

You don't wanna miss this night! Questions will be posted soon! Invite your colleagues! Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 7:30 pm following the School Lead call.

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See you this Saturday!

Don't forget Oct. 5th is our first EdCamp at Hapeville Elementary School from 8:30-12:00! RSVP here today!
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Get points and learn Flipgrid!

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Vanguard now has a channel on "Flipgrid" called the VanChannel.

We are using the Channel as a way for Vanguard members to connect with one another, share goals and ideas and for you to amplify your voice!

The Channel is on a tab in our Teams or the direct link is

Password to enter the grid: Vanguard

Our first topic is the Vanguard Yearbook.

  • Introduce yourself and share your edtech goals this year.
  • Have fun with your Flipgird ( use the filters and emojis)
  • Password to enter the grid: Vanguard

Need Help with Flipgrid? Check out this interactive educator's guide or

Checkout this video made for you Flipgrid Video

Are you presenting at GaETC? Let us know!

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Our interview day on Saturday, September 28th went incredibly well. Almost 20 Vanguardians came out to interview over 40 candidates. There were a lot of great conversations and we've got a lot of very promising new members in our future. Thank you to the following members who volunteered their time on a Saturday to help make the day a success!

Crystal Billingslea, Tawanda Brown, Jennifer Evans, Justin Evans, Jill Fears, Trameika Gee-Spencer, Shunn Gonsalves, Lora Keys, Lin-Chiou Lee, Racquel Plummer, Tamela Richardson, Ellen Rubin, Sarah Severson, Carly Shaw, Tammie St John, Carlos Sutton, Patricia Thomas, Marisa Williams, Michael Witt, Megan Endicott, Chanel Johnson

Additional interviews are being conducted this week via Teams for applicants who weren't able to interview in person on Saturday. Thank you to Crystal Billingslea, Jill Fears, Renee Morris, Dana Munson, & Beth Valentine for participating in the virtual interview process!

Our applicants will find out if they made the team this Friday.

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Also, as a reminder, make sure to have all members enter their personal professional goals here:

Directions and details are included in the

September School Leads - 2019.pptx. We hope this will assist in focusing Vanguard professional development offerings and help Vanguard "give back" to you for all of your service to us!

Next month's call will be THIS Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 7:00 pm prior to the Twitter chat! Let's brainstorm together ways to help our members work "smarter" not "harder". We will also review the coaching cycle. Information for ways to contribute to the conversation will be coming your way soon.

Make sure to complete the Padlet here to share ideas!

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Vanguard Spotlight: Rebecca "Becca" Goddard

Her role is Assessment Program Specialist, but to many she is crowned the "SMF QUEEN". We would like to spotlight Becca because she is also our Breast Cancer Survivor and Champion! She shared a story with us, that we can all take with us.

My dad gave me pink roses when I was diagnosed with a card with one word: VICTORY

I used this as my inspiration for the fight, and brought that card with me to every chemo treatment. "Victory might not be where I started, but it is where I ended"

We highlight Becca and all Breast Cancer Survivors!

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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!

Vanguard Birthdays

Vanguard Wishes A Very Happy Birthday to

Allyson Baker 10/6

Marquise Delaney 10/7

Katie Pardee 10/10

Marisa DiSano 10/17

Elizabeth Blount 10/17

Heather Van Looy 10/27

Michelle Ragghianti 10/31

We want to celebrate our Vanguardian family. If you would like for us to recognize your birthday, please click this link.

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Oct 15th VanWebinar with Patricia Brown

Topic- Creators: Unleash the Power of Learning with Technology.

Mark your calendars

We have a BONUS Webinar this month on Flipgrid's Newest Features hosted by Flipgrid.. Mark your calendars for Oct. 22nd.

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Experience Innovation | Learn: A Design Thinking Workshop

Come Learn about design thinking as an approach to problem solving. Participants will learn how to identify challenges that are human centered, observe users to build empathy, form unique user insights based on observations and create learning-oriented experiments. Leave ready to bring design thinking techniques to your classroom and real world initiatives! In addition, participants will learn about the Fulton County Bright Spark Design Competition for students . Interested parties, will be eligible to coach a team of students in completing a design challenge and enter the resulting prototypes into the Bright Spark Design Competition.

Additional Information:

Contact Heather Van Looy ( if you have additional questions.

Click here for more information about the Bright Spark Design Competition.

Experience Innovation | Learn Flyer

To Register:

  • Click on Activity Catalogs in the Frontline Navigation tab and then choose Calendar

  • Navigate to October 29, 2019

  • Click on "Experience Innovation | Learn: A Design Thinking Workshop"

  • Click the blue Sign Up Now button

If you later decide not to attend, please return to Frontline and remove yourself from the activity so that someone else may take that seat.

To Cancel:

  • Click on Learning Plan in the Frontline Navigation tab

  • Click on the blue Manage button next to the desired activity

  • Choose the blue Drop option

  • You will see the activity information confirmed. Leave the reason for dropping the activity

  • Click the blue Drop this Request

  • You will see confirmation that your request has been dropped and you will no longer see it on your Learning Plan

Interested in Microsoft/Office 365 training?

Want to stay current with the latest and greatest tools? Sign up for one of these upcoming workshops or webinars. Please share the flyer with others at your school.

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Vanguard Feedback

If you have ideas or feedback with anything related to Vanguard, we would love to hear from you! Responses are anonymous, but if you would like for us to contact you, please leave your name and email.
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Vanguard Leadership Team

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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