Vanguard PD Day Pre-Work

January 5, 2016

Vanguard PD Day - Information Hub

If you are looking for information about the day, including location addresses, schedule, lunch, etc, please visit the Vanguard PD Day page on our website.

What It Means to be "Vanguard"

When we describe to others what it means to be on the Vanguard Team, we tell them that we are working to "build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to provide innovative instruction which meets the needs, skills and interests of all students." But, what does vanguard actually mean?


According to Dictionary.com, vanguard is defined as:


  1. the foremost division or the front part of an army; advance guard; van.
  2. the forefront in any movement, field, activity, or the like.
  3. the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.



If you think about it, that's really what we are. We're on the forefront for instructional technology and personalized learning. In our respective locations, we serve as intellectual leaders working to improve learning for the teachers and students around us.


And so, when it comes to professional development, why shouldn't we continue to "be vanguard", think outside the box, and learn in a new and different way?


We hope you get something meaningful out of this experience that encourages you to continue with the already amazing work that you're doing every day.


~ Heather

TASK 1: WHY THESE LOCATIONS?

Aside from their natural awesomeness, these locations were selected for a reason. Visit the website that corresponds to your PD location. Take a tour throughout the site, then complete the form below.

TASK 2: THE USER EXPERIENCE

The user experience (UX) is an important aspect of a successful business. Choose two of the three articles below to read. When you're finished, completed the TASK 2 FORM.

TASK 3: PERSONALIZED LEARNING

VANGUARD = PERSONALIZED PD

  1. Choice and Voice: Members are able to choose the location for their professional development.
  2. Choice for Demonstrating Learning: Members will demonstrate their take-aways and reflections from the experience in a method of their choosing.
  3. Varied Strategies: PD is being given in a variety of formats for learning.
  4. Flexible Pacing: Members are able to complete the pre-work on their own time and at their own pace.