March 3, 2017


Bear Creek's RLC

Bear Creek's Redefining Learning Conference is taking place next Friday, March 10 at Langston Hughes HS. With the biggest parking lot in the county, Langston Hughes is the perfect spot for hosting this incredible conference!

With so much to do on this day, the conference is starting early! (Plus, it gets us out before traffic is crazy!) Registration will be available between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a..m., so if you're coming from a distance, you'll have some flexibility, but please try to arrive as close to 7:00 a.m. as you're able to.

Reminder: The RLC committee would like to arrange a meet-up between Vanguard members and Vice President of Microsoft Education, Anthony Salcito, as well the team behind FlipGrid. If you have not already registered for the RLC, please do so by using the link below.

Register for Bear Creek's RLC

Registration is free!

Vanguard Forums

In addition to the amazing 150+ Breakout sessions and REDTalk Keynote speakers, Vanguard has two AWESOME forums taking place next week at the Bear Creek Redefining Learning Conference 2.0. At 11:35 Charlie Miller and the minds behind Flipgrid will be sitting down to talk with Vanguard members around the topics of Student Voice, Design thinking, as well as Instruction & Innovation. Later that afternoon Anthony Salcito, Microsoft VP of Global Education wants to talk with you about how 365 supports Vanguard in accomplishing the great things we do in our schools and classrooms.

For more information email and register to attend at

Over 1,200 teachers have register to attend don't get left out of this exciting day of learning!

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Stipend Purchasing - Deadline Approaching

As you continue to purchase with your Vanguard stipend, be sure to keep in mind....

  • Purchases must be made by March 15 or the funds are recalled from the school.
  • Purchases should benefit students, whether directly or indirectly.
  • When you receive your items, please check with your bookkeeper regarding whether or not your item needs to have a Fulton barcode.
  • The items belong to Vanguard. If you leave Fulton County, they must be returned.

Applications to Present at GaETC are Available

If you're interested in presenting at GaETC in November, the application is now available! Consider teaming up with another Vanguard member or a KSU iTeach coach. Either way, it's a great opportunity to share your knowledge with others.

Applications are due on April 1, 2017.

NWLC - Collaboration Event Open to All

NWLC leads Pam Kelly and Beth Miller are hosting some FUN mixed with collaboration!

Andretti’s in Roswell has both a Happy Hour and ½ off attractions (except karting). ES & HS attendees can get a few tables and the later MS group can then join.

To add to the fun, there will be name tags AND room for an App/Website/technology you know about (want to tell others how great it is) and an App/Website/technology/application you want to learn about. This way you can easily start a conversation or match up with like groups.


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Volunteers and Judges Needed!

The Georgia Educational Technology Fair is still in need of volunteers and judges. Participating as a volunteer or judge WILL COUNT as an off-contract Vanguard event.

When – 3/11/2017

Where: Macon campus of Middle Georgia State University

Macon Campus
100 University Pkwy.
Macon, GA 31206

Time: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Positions: T-shirt booth, check-in, hall duty, runners, break down, award ceremonies, t-shirts at award ceremonies, judge check-in help

Judges can sign up at

Summer Summit Presenters Wanted

Event details and sessions submission instructions:

Dates: Elementary: June 5 & 6 and Secondary: June 7 & 8

Location & time: Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 8am-3pm

Content focus: Deepening our knowledge and skills of personalized learning

How do I apply to present at this district event? Click the following hyperlink: Presenter Application and submit all information prior to March 3rd, end of day. Presenter selections will be chosen based on need and interest.

For ideas about presentations and stipend information, please see last week's VanWeekly. Additional questions? Contact LISA STEELE.

Seesaw Information for ES Vanguard

This information was given to ES METIs but is applicable to Vanguard as well. If you are a Seesaw ambassador or heavy user at your school, please contact Mindy Ramon regarding School Admin access.


Services for Exceptional Children has a job opening available for an Assistive Technology Support Teacher. It is a teacher contract position and is part of the special education department. The opening can be found on the job opening portal under JobID: 4622. Please forward to any who may be interested. A background in special education is required and the job is open until March 10th.

If you have additional questions, please contact Vanguard member, Gigi Whiteside.

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March 13 - Fulton PD Day

Please use or pass along the information below regarding trainings on Fulton's upcoming PD day. Interested individuals can register in Edivate in the Professional Development Days catalog.

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PERSONAL PD: #fcsvanguard Chat


Thank you to SLC lead Christian Padgett for hosting last night's Twitter chat. He stepped up two weeks in a row!!

Open Hosting Positions

There are several open slots for hosting one of our Vanguard Twitter chats. Please consider signing up to host. You don't need to list a topic just yet, but we'd love to get each slot filled! Thanks in advance! Twitter Chat Hosts - #fcsvanguard
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Social Media - Quick Guide to Twitter

During our social media module in a recent class, I made a quick Twitter artifact to share out with some steps for getting started and digging deeper.

Hope it's helpful.

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Vanguard Files: 2016-2017

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