February 1, 2018

Hello Team!

I am thrilled to leave January behind and move on into February!!

A HUGE Thank you to everyone who has completed the communication feedback form in last weeks VanWeekly. I am working to improve the way Vanguard Communicates. Based on all the feedback, we will keep the VanWeekly going. It will be reorganized with new information at the top and repeat info will be at the bottom.

I am thrilled to see Activity Point totals on the rise! In every VanWeekly you will see lots of points opportunities for face to face and other events. We all have busy lives and can't always make live or face 2 face events, don't forget about other ways to earn Activity Points on your own. Review the Activity points information.


PS- Rabbit Rabbit!

This area will always appear at the top of the VanWeekly.

Please review these link regularly to ensure you are in good standing.

Switching from buttons that take up lots of space... Hopefully, it is still just as effective :-)

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New INFO This Week in the VanWeekly

  • RLC Update
  • Twitter Challenge
  • Stipends Deadline
  • Apple event
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RLC Cancelation


Due to a series of inclement weather days, RLC 3.0 will be postponed. The RLC committee will be considering future date options. We are still hopeful to facilitate a powerful professional learning experience. Feel free to contact if you have any inquiries.


Darren A. Clay

#VanPoints Twitter Challenge | #edcampFULTON

Retweet this tweet about EdCamp Fulton and tag a fellow educator who you think might be interested! Make sure to retweet directly from @fcsvanguard, we will pull from the retweet list.

#VanPoints = 1 Bonus Activity Point

First round of stipends have been released to book keepers. Deadline to spend money is MARCH 20, 2018.

For recovery information, see below.

Remember... any recovery needs are due Friday, February 2nd.

Stipend Ideas 2017-2018

This year we are providing potential items in categories. This Padlet is not complete, but will help you start thinking of ideas. Start planning ahead in case their is a quick turn-around for purchasing.

Apple Avalon Teacher Field Trip

When: February 13th

Where: Apple Avalon

What: Couples Event - Bring Your Special Person

Explore with your special person how to develop your unique sound together. Be inspired by the Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA as you brainstorm and sketch out ideas to create your sound profile together. You'll get to celebrate your love with ROLI Blocks, GarageBand and iPad Pro and more as you find your unique sound together.


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Previously... In the VanWeekly

  • Stipend Recovery Due .......................February 2nd
  • ISTE Presenters Due ...........................February 2nd
  • Mini-Grant Due ...................................February 9th
  • #FCSVanguard Chat ...........................February 8th
  • School Leads Call ................................February 8th
  • EdCamp Fulton ....................................February 24
  • Microsoft Training Opportunity..... February 2nd
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Vanguard Stipend

Didn't qualify? There is a recovery option!

Complete the following by February 2, 2018 and you will receive your Vanguard Stipend in early February. This is a hard deadline.

  • Earn 30 Activity Points - just 30 TOTAL activity points not additional.
  • Complete Coaching Check 1 Make-up -- Turn in the PDF generated from the TIM site at:
  • NEW MEMBERS!! Are you a new member that wasn’t able to complete your requirements on time? We have a recovery option for you to still earn your $500 vanguard stipend, which is different than the recovery option for regular members that has already been shared. To recover, you must complete at least 45 points from the Fall on-boarding course. Once you believe you have completed all of your requirements, you must complete this Google Form (

First round of stipends have been released to book keepers. Deadline to spend money is MARCH 20, 2018.

FINAL CALL-- Presenting at ISTE, 2018?

Did you apply to present at ISTE 2018 this year? Were you accepted?

If so, please take a quick moment to complete the form below by Friday, February 2nd.

Mini Grant Deadline is NEXT FRIDAY!!

MINI Grant Information - DUE Feb 9

To inspire teachers to dream big and achieve greatness. Sometimes, it takes funds to make dreams happen. Our goal is to provide funds for projects that enhance the curriculum, improve student learning and achievement, & align with the Strategic Plan.


#FCSVANGUARD Chat- Next Thursday!

Topic: Instructional Models

Hosted By: Jonathan Adel @jonathanadel

Remember, all of your tweets need to contain: #fcsvanguard
This Semester we will continue Twitter chats twice a month on Thursday at 7:30PM.

Dates: Feb 8 & 22, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 12 & 26, May 3 & 17

Be prepared for the participation link at the VERY END! #VanPoints

School Leads

School Lead Monthly Call Led by Megan Endicott

Time: 7:00 PM

Date: February 8th

via FreeConferenceCall

  • dial-in number: (515) 604-9510
  • access code: 744554
Follow the agenda & conversation in Microsoft Teams.

Save the Date: Mar 8, Apr 12, May 3

*points will be awarded for participating in these calls.

twitter retweet challenge for edcamp

Retweet this tweet about EdCamp Fulton and tag a fellow educator who you think might be interested!

Earn 1 bonus point

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Bear Creek Middle school - February 24th

Ridgeview Middle School- March 24

#VanPoints awarded for attending! Be sure to complete the form at the end of the event.

Open the link below for details. March 24 event details & RSVP will come out in mid Feb.

Microsoft Training Opportunity

Register now for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy facilitated by fellow Vanguard teammates, Dana Munson and Lin Lee. This academy will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00-2:30 at Riverwood High School. Spend the day learning about OneNote, Sway, Teams, Forms, Skype and earn this special badge.

Click this link to register. Do you want to attend this training but are not available on March 3? There is an option for you to indicate that on the registration form. Please email Mindy Ramon in the Instructional Technology Department if you have questions or would like more information.

Please register by February 2. Any extra seats after that date with be offered to non-Vanguard teachers.

#VanPoints awarded for attending! Be sure to complete the form at the end of the event.

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New Member Corner

Hello Vanguard New Members!

If you have not yet registered for the Spring course, please do so ASAP at The first module has been posted for a couple of weeks, and the first due date is this Friday. The second module covering the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle is going live by Monday, and it will look familiar to most of you.

This evening at 7pm will be our first New Member call of the semester. I’ll go over a few items, but, most importantly, I’ll take questions. A recording will be posted to Teams by Friday. Listening (and completing a form) will earn you 5 points. I sent out a calendar invite for that as well to help you all remember.

Speaking of Teams, many of you are not regularly checking in. Important information and useful Q&As are on Teams, so I strongly encourage you all to make Teams part of your routine. You can access it through, but my recommendation is to download the Microsoft Teams app on to your iPad and/or phone. You’ll get push notifications when new things are posted to our New Member team, so you won’t ever miss any important information.

The new points spreadsheet for the Spring semester has been shared in Teams, so go take a look.

Finally, if you still have make-up work to complete from our first semester course, please be sure to complete it by the end of the week. If you have 45 or more points, you’re all set.


FCS Vanguard Team

Our mission as a Vanguard team is to build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to personalize learning through coaching and instructional technology.

Leadership Team

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