September 26, 2018

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In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • Vanguard Leadership Team Application
  • First School Lead call
  • NEW- Twitter Chat
  • Vanchise Applications
  • NEW- Vanguard Communication: 5 Steps, Calendar, Blog
  • NEW- edcampFulton
  • NEW- Sharing Great News!
  • NEW- Tips and Tricks
  • ACTION ITEM-GaETC Registration Information - Register by October 13th

Professional Development:
  • Microsoft Trainings (See Upcoming Professional Development Section)
  • Upcoming Professional Development

Mark your calendar

Sept 27- School Lead call @ 7:00pm on Teams

Sept 27- 1st Twitter Chat of the year!

Sept 29- New Member Interviews 9am-12pm

Oct 5- Leadership Team Application due

Oct 13- Registration deadline for GaETC

Nov 7-9- GaETC

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Vanguard Leadership Team Opportunities! Deadline Oct 5th

Earlier this year we shared with you that we would be expanding the leadership team, and I'm excited to announce today that the Leadership Team Application is now live!

This announcement does come with an important caveat though. We want to be thoughtful and intentional about how we grow the leadership team, and we want to take care that our new Leads are well-supported and are able to organically integrate into the team. As such, we are only bringing in two new leads at this time: one from the Northeast Learning Community, and one from the Central Learning Community. Those Learning Communities are our first priority as they are each currently supported by only one lead. I know this may be disappointing news for some of you in the South Learning Community/Achievement Zone and Northwest Learning Community, and for that I apologize. Keep an eye on the VanWeekly for new leadership opportunities to be posted as they become available (and some will be soon – the XP, Events, Communications and New Member Committees ).

Access it here: Leadership Team Application

Deadline is Oct 5th.

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First School Lead Call – Thursday, September 27th, at 7:00pm!

School leads, this news is for you! We will have our first school lead meeting of the year next Thursday at 7:00pm. This year, we will be conducting our meeting in Microsoft Teams, and the link to join the meeting will appear in the Vanguard School Lead Team - General channel. We are still working on updating the membership of that Team, so if you are a school lead who is not a member of that Team yet, please be patient. You will receive your invitation by early next week.

During this meeting, we'll be rolling out some new initiatives, talking XP, answering some frequently asked questions, and more! Don't miss out!

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We are so excited to kick-off our FCS Vanguard twitter chats the second Thursday of every month. Due to a multitude of questions and interest in Vanchises across the district, the Dolvin Elementary School Vanchise team has graciously offered to host a Q&A session prior to our first chat this Thursday on how to set up a Vanchise and the function of a Vanchise, as well as answer any questions you may have! Want to start a Vanchise or share your Vanchise success stories? Make sure to tune in this Thursday at 7:30 PM following the School Lead call to join us! Follow the hashtag #fcsvanguard to join the chat and see artifacts shared from the Dolvin Vanchise Team to get some ideas for your team! Questions will be posted prior on the FCS Vanguard twitter page. "See" you there!

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Vanchise Applications & Renewals

Extend the reach of your Vanguard Team by starting a Vanchise! Vanchise teams have the latitude to tackle any tasks and challenges that are related to Vanguard's mission.

The perks?

Collaborating with an amazing group of educators + $1,000 as a team to spend subject to the same rules as the regular stipend.

We are asking all of our Vanchises, new and returning, to complete the Vanchise application and set for themselves a single SMART goal aligned to our four pillars... TIMS. See the application for more details.

Vanchise Application

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5 Easy Steps to Keep in the Know

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Upcoming Events

Don't forget to check out the event calendar on the website to keep an eye on what's ahead.

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Did you miss out on a VanWeekly? Never fear!

You can check out old versions of the VanWeekly on our blog, Adventures of a Vanguardian! Categories make it easier than ever before to find the content you are looking for.

Adventures of a Vanguardian Blog

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edcamp Fulton

Looking ahead:

EdCamps are BACK! We are looking at securing a date in October and another in February. Be checking the calendar and communication as we finalize our locations.

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Sharing GREAT News

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GaETC 2018 Registration is Now Available

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Calling all Vanguard Members!

GaETC is a 3-day event, November 7-9, 2018 at the Georgia International Convention Center (2000 Convention Center Concourse; College Park, GA 30337).

As a member of Vanguard, your attendance and your substitute is paid for by the Instructional Technology department!

You can attend 3 days, 2 days or 1 day. All you need to do is follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Discuss with your Principal.
  2. Secure your Sub
  3. Register for GaETC before Oct. 13th, 2018!

Chris Olateru will communicate with your school bookkeeper concerning the substitute reimbursement.

Fulton County Vanguard Members have been assigned the Group Code FCVAN350. You must register to attend the conference no later than Oct. 13 so that you will receive your name badge by mail and expedite your check-in onsite. We must have a completed registration for each person attending the conference.

Please note: Any registrations already assigned DO NOT have to be re-submitted unless a substitution is needed.

How to Register:

Register @

  3. Enter your email address. SUBMIT Register myself for this event.
    1. If you are in the system, your information from last year will populate – make necessary updates.
    2. If you are NOT in the system, complete the ‘New Registrant” page
  4. Registration Options, select ‘I have a Pre-Paid Group Code’
  5. As you complete the form, there is a box - ‘Please select a conference registration type or code’, select FCVAN350 – Full Conference
  6. If you register for Pre-Conference Workshops, you are responsible for the cost of the workshop
  7. Payment Options, select ‘Pre-Paid Group Code’
  8. Submit

You will receive a confirmation email once registration is complete, and your name badge will be mailed to you after Oct. 25th.

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Upcoming Professional Development

Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy

October 12 at North Learning Center (8:30-3:30)

Join us for a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy to learn more about Microsoft’s hottest tools and resources to empower your students to achieve more! Bring your own Windows device to this one-day professional learning experience to learn how to maximize your use of Windows and Office 365. You will get the opportunity to explore tools such as Teams, OneNote Class Notebooks, Forms, and Sway, including how to provide your students with learning experiences beyond the four walls of your classroom using Skype in the Classroom and the Microsoft Educator Community.

Registration Instructions:

  1. Log into the employee portal
  2. Locate the Edivate icon in my apps
  3. Click on the icon with the three stacked lines in the purple bar on the upper left of your screen.
  4. Choose Learning Targets
  5. Click on Catalogs
  6. You should see a list of Fulton County catalogs - the first is Human Resources
  7. Select the Instructional Technology catalog
  8. Choose the class title (click on the word TITLE in the grey bar to sort alphabetically)
  9. Click the green plus icon
  10. The class will no longer show under catalog. Instead, it will be under the Transcript tab.

Going Paperless with Microsoft Teams: Part 2

This session is for educators who know the basics of Microsoft Teams and would like to explore further. Learn valuable tips and tricks for using a OneNote notebook, managing Assignments, and holding Skype meetings. You will also be introduced to new features that have been added to Teams in the last couple months.


All sessions will be held at the District Office at 6201 Powers Ferry Road.

October 4- 4:30-6:30 pm

October 5- 8:30-10:30 am

October 5- 1:00-3:00 pm

October 16- 4:00-6:00 pm

Register in Edivate in the Instructional Technology catalog.

Need Support? Help is just a click away!

Vanguard Leadership is working hard to plan a calendar of meaningful professional development opportunities for Vanguard members. If there is instructional technology related professional development that you would like to have at your school, please contact Mindy Ramon for support. We have resources available to provide training at schools for district provided technology such as SAFARI Montage, Office 365, Seesaw, Edgenuity, and more. You may also be interested in accessing the Instructional Technology Training site, which has a wealth of information about each of the resources the district provides.

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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)