Friday, May 6, 2016


Vanguard Application Open Until May 16

If your school is not fully-staffed with Vanguard members, it is incredibly important that you encourage your coworkers to apply. We would like to reach our goal of every school having 4 members by the end of the school year.

Please share the Smore linked below to anyone who may be interested!

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VanCon 2016

Before long, spaces for Vanguard members at VanCon will be gone. If you are planning to attend and have not registered, please click the link below.

For more information, check out our one-page Smore for general information about the event.

Cohort 5A: On-Boarding

Because of the time you joined the team, we are going to delay your on-boarding until Fall 2016. You will complete your on-boarding along with the individuals who join our team during this application period.

iPads: Cohort 4B & 5A

iPads for cohort 4B & 5A will (hopefully) be available for distribution at VanCon, allowing you to have it in time for the summer.

If you are receiving an iPad and will not be attending VanCon, a date will be provided soon for you to pick up your iPad from the administration building in early June.

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Coaching Logs

If you have not completed your coaching logs, please be sure to do so. I would like for everyone to be caught up by the end of the school year.


Please make sure that you enter your TIM data for the second semester. Cohorts 1, 2, and 3 should all have at least eight entries for this school year.
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Safari Montage Webinars

Please see the information about Safari Montage from Mindy Ramon. If you have any questions, please email Mindy.

Several weeks ago thousands of new open educational resources were added to SAFARI Montage.

Webinars have been scheduled for this Tuesday, May 10 to give you an opportunity to learn more. I know many school teams have included SAFARI Montage in their personalized learning plans, so this is important information. These new titles include Encyclopedia of Life, Library of Congress, NASA images and videos, National Gallery of Art, TED-Ed and more.

Please select one of the times below to participate. I will send everyone the link to join the webinar before Tuesday. You are more than welcome to pass this invite on to others at your school. You do not need to sign up ahead of time.

9:00-9:45 // 10:15-11:00 // 1:00-1:45 // 3:30-4:15

Team Communication

Remember, we are looking to improve our team communication through the use of Slack. Once you sign up for an account with our team, I suggest getting the app or remembering to open the site each day.

We would like to cute down on the number of internal emails, if possible, and answer questions quickly and easily! I'm already on there, so you can feel free to send me direct messages if you have any questions!

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In My Next Life....

.....I will purchase this incredible suitcase. This technology-friendly suitcase allows you to determine weight, locate when lost, and charge devices. Check it out!
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About Us

Our mission as a Vanguard team is to build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to provide innovative instruction which meets the needs, skills and interests of all students.
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