February 8, 2018

This week I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. JoAnn Brown to discuss peer coaching. As I was explaining to Dr. Brown the dynamics of Vanguard, she asked me "Why the name Vanguard?" The question took me by surprise, because I thought everyone knows about Vanguards and how meaningful they are in life. During my meeting, I looked up the definition of Vanguard: A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas. Doesn't that definition describe who we are and what we do???

Peer coaching is how were are able to lead the way. Peer coaching is at the heart of what we are all about. I love hearing about the bright spots when peer coaching is successful. 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.


PS- MINI-GRANT Applications are due tomorrow!! Don't Miss the deadline.

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New INFO This Week in the VanWeekly

  • #FCSVANGUARD Twitter chat - TONIGHT
  • School Leads Call- TONIGHT!
  • Microsoft Team for students Training
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Topic: Instructional Models

Hosted By: Jonathan Adel @jonathanadel

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 8 & 22, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 12 & 26, May 3 & 17

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

School Leads Call- TONIGHT!

School Lead Monthly Call Led by Megan Endicott

Time: 7:00 PM

Date: February 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.

Microsoft Teams for STUDENTS Training

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. 12- 3:30 PM

Feb. 13- 8:00 AM

Feb. 13- 4:15 PM

Feb. 14- 3:30 PM

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.

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Previously... In the VanWeekly

  • RLC Cancelation
  • Mini-Grant Due ...................................February 9th
  • EdCamp Fulton ....................................February 24
  • Microsoft Training Opportunity..... February 2nd
  • Apple Avalon Teacher Field Trip......February 13th
  • 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.

RLC Cancelation


Due to a series of inclement weather days, RLC 3.0 will be postponed. The RLC committee will be considering future date options. We are still hopeful to facilitate a powerful professional learning experience. Feel free to contact if you have any inquiries.


Darren A. Clay

Mini Grant Deadline is DUE TOMORROW!!

MINI Grant Information - DUE Feb 9

To inspire teachers to dream big and achieve greatness. Sometimes, it takes funds to make dreams happen. Our goal is to provide funds for projects that enhance the curriculum, improve student learning and achievement, & align with the Strategic Plan.


Apple Avalon Teacher Field Trip

When: February 13th

Where: Apple Avalon

What: Couples Event - Bring Your Special Person

Explore with your special person how to develop your unique sound together. Be inspired by the Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA as you brainstorm and sketch out ideas to create your sound profile together. You'll get to celebrate your love with ROLI Blocks, GarageBand and iPad Pro and more as you find your unique sound together.


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.

Please register by February 2. Any extra seats after that date with be offered to non-Vanguard teachers.

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

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New Member Corner

Hello Vanguard New Members!

If you have not yet registered for the Spring course, please do so ASAP at The first two modules, comprising three assignments, are live.

Speaking of Teams, many of you are still not regularly checking in. Important information and useful Q&As are on Teams, so I strongly encourage you all to make Teams part of your routine. You can access it through, but my recommendation is to download the Microsoft Teams app on to your iPad and/or phone. You’ll get push notifications when new things are posted to our New Member team, so you won’t ever miss any important information.

The new points spreadsheet for the Spring semester has been shared in Teams, so go take a look.


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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