October 24, 2018

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In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • One Event- edcampFulton + Hack the Classroom
  • ACTION ITEMS- January PD Event
  • ACTION ITEM- NEW MEMBERS-GaETC Registration Information
  • School Lead call
  • Webinars
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Shining a Spotlight on Success

Mark your calendar

Oct 26- New Member GaETC deadline

Oct 27- edcamp + Hack the Classroom

Nov 7-9- GaETC

Nov 15- School lead call 7:00pm

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EdCamp and Hack the Classroom

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One Event! Oct 27th

As both events are scheduled for the morning of Saturday, October 27th, we are combining these events! Please take note of the updated schedule:

8:30am – 11:00am: EdCamp Fulton

11:00am – 12:30pm: Hack the Classroom

Both events will be at Hapeville Elementary School.

For Hack the Classroom, we will project the live feed, have parallel discussions, and even live Tweet the event. We hope you will join us!

Can't Make the 27th?

If you are not able to join us at the EdCamp this Saturday but would still like to view the Hack the Classroom program, it will be streamed through Facebook live starting at 11:00 am. For more information, go to The theme for this event is Celebrating Changemakers. By joining Hack the Classroom, you will learn tips and tricks and hear inspiring stories from educators across the globe.
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January Vanguard Professional Development Day

January Vanguard Professional Development Day

We are so excited to begin planning for our January Vanguard Professional Development Day, “Limit Break” (gamer themed), that will take place on Friday January 4, 2019. As always, we look forward to providing engaging professional development aligned to Vanguard’s four pillars: Transform, Innovate, Mentor, and Support.

We are soliciting session proposals from Vanguard members for Speedrun Sessions (IGNITE - 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide, 5 minutes total ), Main Quest Sessions (90 minutes) and Side Quest Sessions (50 minutes). Please consider submitting a proposal for one of these opportunities.

The theme for our “Speedrun Sessions” (IGNITE) will be: “For The Win!”

Our “Main Quest” and “Side Quest” Sessions will fall into one of the following categories: Targeted Small-Group, Student Reflection & Ownership, Using Digital Content & Tools, and Data-Driven Decisions, and be aligned with personalized learning principles and TIM interdependent characteristics: Active, Collaborative, Constructive, Authentic, or Goal-Directed. Please keep this in mind when submitting a session proposal.

Session proposals are due on Sunday 11/25/18.

We look forward to learning from each other in January!

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Are You Presenting at GaETC?

GaETC is coming up quickly in just 21 days, and we want to know if you were selected to present a session. If you are presenting, please respond to this brief survey.

We will be packaging this information together and sharing it out to the whole team so we can support you at the conference. It’s also critical for us to ensure that you are registered properly, so please respond as soon as you are able. Thank you!

GaETC Registration Now Open for New Members!

New members have until October 26th to register, but we will be opening registration up to Vanchise members on October 22nd on a first come first serve basis. We encourage new members to register before Monday so that we have as accurate a count as possible to know how many spots are available to Vanchise members.

Please note, the Instructional Technology department will pay for subs for all Vanguard members, but the school will need to pay for subs for Vanchise members. Remember, all Vanguard and Vanchise members who wish to attend the conference will need to obtain permission from their principal.


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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School Lead Call – Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm

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.

Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm


Thanks to all that joined last night's webinar to learn more about using Skype, Skype for Business, and Teams. The recording of the webinar is posted in the "Monthly Webinars" channel. Look in the tabs area at the top of the screen. The slides a couple other helpful documents have also been posted to Files in that channel.

We are looking for your feedback on topics for future webinars. What do you want to learn? Do you have something you would like to teach are showcase to the rest of team? Please complete this quick form to let us know.

Interested in hosting, sharing a topic idea, or anything else "Twitter related"? Read below!

We are looking for hosts for our coming Twitter chats! Please let us know if you are interested or know a colleague inside or outside of Fulton County who you believe would make a great host! Have ideas on the perfect topic? Reach out and let me know! Hosts, topics, and all things Twitter can be submitted here:

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Module 2

Module 2 is now up and ready.

A few reminders for NEW members

  • The registration deadline for NEW members is Friday 10/26/2018. An email from Justin Evans with information on how to submit was sent to you.

  • Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that we will be using with the team. Introduce yourself at password is Vanguard

  • New Members Make sure you are checking your emails. Messages are coming from 3 locations:

1) Vanweekly Every Wednesday
2) Teams ( This is the most frequent) Please continue to ask any questions to us in Teams. To get our attention quicker Tag our names by using the @Sign for example @Chanel Johnson, @ Pam Kelly @ Christian Padget.
3) Outbox in Group ( read the visual above) This is the least frequent
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Shining a Spotlight on Success

Shout-out to the Cambridge High School Vanguard Team who facilitated 21st Century Learning Labs for parents during Open House this year! Their goal was to show parents the evolution of High School learning by providing them with a taste of the personalized learning experiences their students encounter at school.

  • *The METI facilitated a OneNote Escape Room activity
  • *The Math teachers had parents collaborate in teams as they competed using Quizizz Live
  • *The Social Studies department lead a geography inquiry based activity using GeoGuesser
  • *CHS's English teachers lead a Socratic Seminar with parents
  • *A Science teacher used Nearpod virtual field trips to facilitate an Ecology and Biology lesson

Cambridge's 21st Century Learning Labs were packed with amazed and engaged parents! Way to go Cambridge Vanguard Team!

Check out their Video below!!!

21st Century Learning Labs for Parents

Please share your success stories with us! You may see your "Spotlight" in an upcoming Vanweekly!

Share Your Success!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick!

If you have a technology, instructional strategy/best practice, or coaching tip, etc. please share!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick here

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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)


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