New Members VanWeekly

October 9, 2019

Welcome New Members!!

The VanWeekly is Vanguard's primary source for communication with the most up to date information. You will receive them every week (typically on Wednesday). There will be important information such as dates, reminders, learning opportunities, celebrations, as well as other fun and exciting Vanguard news.

The VanWeekly is divided into sections (New Members Corner, News, Action Items, Learning Opporunities, etc) to help you navigate information. The website has an archive of all of our previous VanWeeklys should you ever need it (it also has keyword search so that may be a helpful tool to explore). If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your School Lead or your New Member Committee Leads.

We are so happy you are joining our VanFam!

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Mark your calendar

Oct 10-GaETC Registration Due

Oct 15- Vanwebinar

Oct 22- BONUS Vanwebinar on Flipgrid's Newest Features

Oct 28- Microsoft Monday

Nov 5- GaETC Pregame PD event at Georgia International Convention Center

Nov 6-8- GaETC

Nov 14- Twitter Chat with Dr. Nathalie Henderson

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Calling All Vanguard Members . . . It’s time to Transform!

GaETC 2019 Registration is Now Available!

GaETC is a 3-day event, November 6-8, 2019 at the

Georgia International Convention Center

2000 Convention Center Concourse; College Park, GA 30337

As a member of Vanguard, your attendance is paid for and your substitute is paid for!

You can attend 3 days, 2 days or 1 day. All you need to do is–

Discuss with your Principal. Secure your Sub & then . . . Register for GaETC before Oct. 11th, 2019!

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

Fulton County Vanguard Members have been assigned the Group Code FCVAN300. You must register to attend the conference no later than Oct. 11 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:

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Click the REGISTER NOW button.
  3. Enter your email address. SUBMIT Registration for one person.
    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
  5. Registration Options, select ‘I have a Pre-Paid Group Code’
  6. As you complete the form, there is a box to the right - ‘Please select a conference registration type or code’, select FCVAN300 – Full Conference
  7. If you register for Pre-Conference Workshops, you are responsible for the cost of the workshop
  8. Payment Options, select ‘Pre-Paid Group Code’
  9. Submit

*****You will receive a confirmation email

****Name badges will be mailed beginning Oct. 24th


Register for New Member Orientation

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Register in Frontline by Friday!

  1. Ask your principal for permission to attend & secure your sub.
  2. Click on the Frontline icon on the Employee Portal.
  3. Click on Activity Catalogs in the Frontline Navigation tab and then choose Calendar
  4. Navigate to October 16, 2019
  5. Click on "FCS Vanguard New Member Orientation"
  6. Click the blue “Sign Up Now” button
  7. Email Heather Van Looy ( if you are not able to attend. We will provide you with an online alternative.

Click Image for New Member Survey

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Are you presenting at GaETC? Let us know!

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GaETC Pregame Event- Nov 5th

Register in Frontline. More info coming soon!

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Get points and learn Flipgrid!

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Vanguard now has a channel on "Flipgrid" called the VanChannel.

We are using the Channel as a way for Vanguard members to connect with one another, share goals and ideas and for you to amplify your voice!

The Channel is on a tab in our Teams or the direct link is

Password to enter the grid: Vanguard

Our first topic is the Vanguard Yearbook.

  • Introduce yourself and share your edtech goals this year.
  • Have fun with your Flipgird ( use the filters and emojis)
  • Password to enter the grid: Vanguard

In Spirit of Collaboration

Please respond to 2 videos of Vanguard Members.

Sample responses can be

1. If you have experience in their goals offer tips

2. If you want have a similar goal, share that in the response.

Need Help with Flipgrid? Check out this interactive educator's guide or

Checkout this video made for you -Microsoft Stream

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Nominate someone or submit your own Spotlight Vanguard Member!

Vanleads, do you see any vanguard members at your school doing something awesome? Were they struggling with a tool before and are now using it? BRAG on our Vanguard members. If you see something awesome, please submit about your team member.

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

Share Your Success!

Vanguard Birthdays

Vanguard Wishes A Very Happy Birthday to

Allyson Baker 10/6

Marquise Delaney 10/7

Katie Pardee 10/10

Marisa DiSano 10/17

Elizabeth Blount 10/17

Heather Van Looy 10/27

Michelle Ragghianti 10/31

We want to celebrate our Vanguardian family. If you would like for us to recognize your birthday, please click this link.

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Oct 15th VanWebinar: Microsoft Tools for the Inclusive Classroom

We've had a topic change. Mindy Ramon from FCS Instructional Technology and Gigi Whiteside, FCS Assistive Technology Specialist will facilitate. They will be sharing all about the new tools in Office 365 that support all students especially struggling readers, writers, and communicators

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Mark your calendars

October 22nd- We have a BONUS Webinar this month on Flipgrid's Newest Features hosted by Jornea Erwin, Flipgrid Education Innovation Lead.

November 14th- Mark your calendar is our next Twitter chat! We were trending last Thursday! Let's keep up the hype! Our next host is the one and only Dr. Nathalie Henderson, Central Learning Community Area Superintendent, discussing mentoring!

Interested in Microsoft/Office 365 training?

Want to stay current with the latest and greatest tools? Sign up for one of these upcoming workshops or webinars. Please share the flyer with others at your school.

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Vanguard Feedback

If you have ideas or feedback with anything related to Vanguard, we would love to hear from you! Responses are anonymous, but if you would like for us to contact you, please leave your name and email.
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Vanguard Leadership Team

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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GaETC Registration is Due Oct 10th!!