New Members VanWeekly

October 30, 2019

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Mark your calendar

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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One of the benefits of Vanguard membership is being a part of our district license for Nearpod. This is an exclusive benefit offered only to Vanguard members and METIs. As a district user, you have unlimited access to over 7,000 ready-to-run Nearpod lessons. Teach the lessons as is, or edit them to meet your needs. In addition to the Nearpod Library, you also have access to all of Nearpod's premium lesson features. Use Nearpod to extend learning beyond your class period via student-paced mode. If you haven't checked it out already, dive in today!

Interested in learning more about Nearpod? Check out the training resources available on their Website. You can register to attend a live webinar, watch instructional videos, or peruse their on-demand resources.

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If you did not attend the New Member Orientation day on October 16th, you have three assignments due in Microsoft Teams on Friday, November 1st. If you have questions or need assistance, please email Heather Van Looy at
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Vanchise members register in Frontline by Nov 1st!

Make sure to check out the special edition "Pregame Event" smore!

Want to join the New Member Committee?

Are you a one person welcome wagon? Do you love welcoming new people and showing them the ropes? If so, we want you to join the New Member Committee! We are seeking one Vanguard member in each learning community to participate on the new member committee. As a member of the team, you will earn Activity XP, while shepherding a small group of new members through their on-boarding experience. You will be there to answer questions and monitor their progress in the new member course.

Application deadline is tomorrow, October 31st! Apply today! (

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XP Info

Early Bird Stipend is due 11/15/2019: 40 total XP with at least 20XP coming from either mentoring category. The XP Committee will be reviewing submissions on November 1st and reaching out to Vanguardians who are close to the XP total and may just need a little push/reminder to get over the first hump!


We've heard your concerns about needing clarity on what exactly other mentoring XP could look like. Your peers have contributed to a Padlet ( that details some examples of what other mentoring and the rest of the TIMS pillars look like for them. Please feel free to not only view the padlet, but also add to it!

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Denecia Driskell

Denecia Driskell is the kind of teacher you wish you could have. Her natural enthusiasm is contagious and her spirit is magnetic. Having her as a fellow Vanguard Team Member at Oakley ES has been a delight. I have watched Ms. Driskell grow sooo much in just a few short years. She started off on our Vanchise Team and served diligently and with a year under her belt being a full member she is definitely going places. Ms. Driskell's drive to do what she can to help her students succeed in the classroom is commendable. She is very tech-savvy and ever ready to try new tech tools with her students and engage them in a variety of ways. Her willingness to find innovative ways to transform learning is exactly what we need to continue to fulfill our Vanguard Mission. KUDOS Ms. Driskell, keep being GREAT!

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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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Mark your calendars

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!

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Twitter Chats

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FCS ISTE Certification Course

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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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