December 7, 2017

Vanguard Activity Points

View your current total or submit new activities.

December School Team Meetings

Local School Vanguard/Vanchise Meeting. Every Team member present should complete this form. Only for the current month.

Vanguard Coaching Information

Everything you need to know about coaching for this year can be found at this link.

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Please take the time to view the following video. It contains some very important information. It is UNLISTED and that is intentional. So, if you are unable to view it on Fulton's network, please take the time to view it elsewhere. Thanks in advance!
Vanguard Heart-to-Heart: Part 2

VANGUARD PD DAY - January 5, 2018

Our first, official Vanguard PD Day will take place on January 5th at the GaTech Hotel and Conference Center. This will include coaching support, Vanguard updates, and make-up presentations from GaETC!

If you belong to more than one Fulton group, please be sure to check on whether or not you will be able to attend. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS VANGUARD EVENT IF YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE AT A DIFFERENT FULTON TRAINING.

Media Specialists will be at the conference center with us.


RSVP for Vanguard PD Day

Your name and email will be automatically recorded.

Vanguard Stipend

The Vanguard stipend will not be issued until the second semester due to the budget freeze, however, we wanted to make you aware that many of you will be in jeopardy of not receiving the stipend.

If you have not received at least 25 Activity Points by December break, you may delay or not qualify for the stipend. If you submit items before the break, but they are not approved before then, that will be fine.

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.

December Checklist

We apologize for the delay, but the December checklist will be available next week. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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Coaching and OneNote??

Mindy Ramon in Instructional Technology is looking for a couple people that are using a OneNote Class Notebook with people in your building that you are coaching (using their private notebooks for ongoing communication and collaboration). She is developing a PD session for instructional coaches around this idea and is looking for examples of this is use or a possible co-presenter or two. Please contact her if this is something you can assist with.
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Volunteer for the Fulton County Schools Technology Fair!

If you're interested in volunteering for the FCS Tech Fair, please be sure to save the date and click the button to sign up.

Volunteering to support this event will earn FCS Activities points for Vanguard!

Here's more information: "Each year we have a Technology Competition for our students in grades 3 – 12. Students compete in 15 different categories from 3D Modeling, Animation, Robotics, Digital Game Design, and more. Please save the date and consider volunteering. We need judges, room captains, hall monitors, photographers, award ceremony presenters, hospitality people, etc…Believe me, there is a job for everyone and it takes about 200 volunteers to put the event together. We also always need help setting up on Friday night as well."

Questions? Contact Maryelizabeth Ward

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December 7 Topic: GaETC: All You Wanted to Know and More!

Hosted By: Ridgeview Vanguard Team

Remember, all of your tweets need to contain: #fcsvanguard

Next Semester we will continue Twitter chats will be twice a month on Thursday at 7:30PM.

2nd Semester: Jan 25, Feb 8 & 22, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 12 & 26, May 3 & 17

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

School Lead Monthly Call - TONIGHT!

Tonight's Call Details:

Host: Justin Evans

Time: 7:00 PM

Date: Dec 7

via FreeConferenceCall

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

Save the Date: Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 3

*points will be awarded for participating these calls.

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Apple Avanlon STAR WARS Teacher only Field Trip - #LastJedi

Galaxy Story Telling with Clips & iMovie

Dec 12 at 6PM Apple Avalon

Explore how to create a Star Wars trailer with authentic footage from the films. You’ll discover signature Star Wars trailer-making techniques in an exclusive video from The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. Then you’ll create your own trailer complete with titles, transitions, sound effects, and official Star Wars music using iPad, iMovie & Clips.

#classroomclips #VanPoints (bonus points for costumes!)


Microsoft Teams BADGE

Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. Throughout the school year, we will be using Microsoft Teams to communicate, share resources, answer questions, brainstorm, and distribute information to fellow Vanguardians. We strongly encourage you to get familiar with Teams and earn a badge!

Complete this virtual course below to earn 5 activity points!

Go here: (You need to login using your Office 365 account (FCS credentials) to earn points/badges).

Log on the independent activities point form. #VanPoints

Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy - January 5, 2018 Riverwood High School

Please share this information with others at your school that would be interested in attending because this is a VANGUARD PD DAY. If you are not a part of a different Teaching and Learning group, you will need to attend our PD Day at GaTech.

Join us for a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy to learn more about Microsoft’s hottest tools and resources to empower your students to achieve more! Bring your own Windows device to this one-day professional learning experience to learn how to maximize your use of Windows and Office 365 to personalize learning. You will get the opportunity to explore tools such as Office Online, OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft Forms, and Sway, including how to provide your students with learning experiences beyond the four walls of your classroom using Skype in the Classroom and the Microsoft Educator Community.

To register go to Edivate. The course is listed in the Professional Development Days catalog.

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Make sure to see the REQUIRED ACTION ITEMS for this week!! Excited to get started with new member on boarding.

Our final due date for the new member course is December 19th, less than three weeks from now! I strongly recommend you start now if you haven't already. The information needed to register for the course is found in the New Member Smore (click the button below). If you have any questions, concerns, or issues, please email Justin Evans.

New Member Information

SMORE just for new members with important information!!

New Member Coordinator

Justin Evans will serve as the new member coordinator for all new members. Justin is the math instructional coach at Haynes Bridge Middle School and is passionate about the transformative potential of coaching.

Twitter: @jeevans
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Submit Issues with Activity Points

Please do not send individual emails regarding points. We need to access them on one form. Thank you!

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.