October 3, 2018

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In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • NEW- Responding to Feedback
  • NEW- Shining a Spotlight on Success
  • Vanguard Leadership Team Application
  • School Lead call
  • Twitter Chat
  • Vanchise Applications
  • Vanguard Communication: 5 Steps, Calendar, Blog
  • edcampFulton
  • 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

Oct 5- Leadership Team Application due

Oct 11- School Lead Call @ 7:00pm

Oct 11- Twitter Chat @ 7:30pm

Oct 12- Vanchise Application Deadline

Oct 13- Registration deadline for GaETC

Nov 7-9- GaETC

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Responding to Feedback

We've read the feedback on the Vanguard survey that we asked you to complete and have decided to hold monthly PD webinars in addition to having the Twitter chats. So starting in October the Twitter chats will be the 2nd Thursday at 7:30 and on the 4th Tuesday there will be a PD webinar.

We are looking for people who have something innovative that they know how to do with a technology tool that they would like to share and demonstrate. The webinars will be held in Teams and there is a way to share your screen. These meetings will be about a hour long so we can combine a couple speakers during each date or you can have the whole hour to yourself. Another option is to showcase something you are doing in your class or at your school with personalized learning and Standards Mastery Framework. We want to learn new strategies from YOU! If you would like to be a webinar facilitator or would like to suggest a topic for a webinar, please complete this quick form.

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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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Shining a Spotlight on Success

Are you transforming learning in your classroom? Have the TIM-O and coaching cycle helped you mentor others at your school? Have you been recognized for being an innovative educator? Do you have a new tech tool that you've successfully implemented?

We would like to "Shine a Spotlight on Success" and see what is transpiring around the county within the Vanguard family. Please share your success stories with us! You may see your "Spotlight" in an upcoming Vanweekly!

Share Your Success!

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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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School Lead Call – Thursday, October 11th 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, October 11th at 7:00pm

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Join Us for a Twitter Chat- Oct 11 @ 7:30pm

NWLC Vanguard Leadership Team member, Jennifer Beard, will be leading our next #FCSVanguard Twitter Chat. The topic will be "Leveraging Technology Tools to Create Personalized Learning Experiences" and will take place on Thursday October 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Tweet @MsBeardsClass to let her know if there a question you hope she will pose during the chat. What resource(s) are you hoping to share or contribute to the conversation?

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Vanchise Applications & Renewals- Due Oct 12th

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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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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Have you tried Roll & Reflect QR Cubes?

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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 (MIE)-

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

*Register in Edivate

Going Paperless with Microsoft Teams: Part 2


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.

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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)