Friday, January 22, 2016

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The Next Vanguard Application is LIVE!

It's time to gather our next round of Vanguard members - Cohort 4C! Here's what you (and they) need to know!

  1. The application period is January 22-February 26.
  2. Face-to-face interviews will take place on Saturday, March 12.
  3. The application, rubric, and a product example are available on our website.
  4. If your school has 4 or more Vanguard members, we will NOT interview anyone from your school.
  5. If your school has less than 4 members, you can expect an e-mail from me. :)

If there are any questions at your school, please email me or direct others to do the same.

REMINDER: Bear Creek's Redefining Learning Conference

The date to submit an application to present at Bear Creek's Redefining Learning Conference has been extended until February 5, 2016. It will be a great day of learning for all, and we'd love to see some Vanguard representation in the sessions! Submit your application here.

Check out their conference promotional video below!

Bear Creek RLC-FCS

Looking for Attendees: Tech & Learning Live - Atlanta

On Friday, February 26, Tech & Learning Live will return to Atlanta. Several of our Vanguard team members will be presenting including Marcus Borders, Cynthia Hardy, Jessica Jackson, Chanel Johnson, Christian Padgett, Kati Searcy, Stephanee Stephens, Heather Welch, and myself. The Instructional Technology Dept. would like to take 10 additional members to the conference.

We will take individuals on a first come, first served basis who have gotten PRIOR APPROVAL to attend. Substitutes will be paid for by Instructional Technology.

If you're interested, add your name to the Google Form below AFTER you've received permission to attend.

Leslie Fisher is Back!

On Saturday, February 13, Leslie Fisher will return for another workshop. Here's what you need to know:

  • If you attended last school year or in December, please do not sign up for the workshop.
  • You will get paid for your time. :)
  • The number of participants will be limited, and spaces will be given based upon the order in which responses are received.

If you're interested in attending, please add your name to the list using the form below. Selected participants will be contacted as soon as possible.

Title I Needs Your Help!

On Saturday, March 12, Title I will be holding an Instructional Summit at Asa Hilliard ES. They are looking for some great workshops that would allow our teachers to learn more about incorporating technology in their classroom. Nearpod? Safari Montage? App Smashing? There are many options!

Teachers would get paid $28 per hour on the day of the event, PLUS 4-5 hours of planning time! If you're interested in this great opportunity, contact Amy Kilbride at


Reflections Return in February

Beginning in February, the coaching reflections will return. Remember, this is simply an opportunity for you to reflect, share out, ask questions, etc. The coaching reflection records will also be made viewable again beginning next month.


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#fcsvanguard Chats


Instructional Tech Resources

After Vanguard members posted their favorite EdTech tools and resources in October, Creek View Vanguard member, David Smith, decided to explore further. Putting in a great deal of work, David developed a comprehensive list of the tools/resources from everyone's posts and wrote a description for each item.

Check out David's hard work and this amazing resource on our website!


Two (mostly) Online Book Studies to Earn PLUs!

Ann Scott Hanks, Ocee ES, will be leading two different online book studies to help individuals develop professionally and earn PLUs.

Book Study 1: How to Talk So Kids Can Learn (1 PLU)

  • One face-to-face session. The rest will be done online.
  • PL Dept. will be providing the books
  • Easy read, full of real-life examples
  • Supports PBIS, Love and Logic, critical thinking skills and social-emotional development
  • To register: Edivate-->Resources-->Learning Targets-->Catalogs-->Academic Support-->Scroll to How To Talk So Kids Can Learn-->click on the + symbol to register

Book Study 2: The Strategic Teacher (2 PLUs)

  • Two face-to-face sessions. The rest will be done online.
  • PL Dept. will be providing the books
  • To register: Edivate-->Resources-->Learning Targets-->Catalogs-->Academic Support-->Scroll to The Strategic Teacher Book Study-->click on the + symbol to register

If you have additional questions, contact Ann Scott at

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