August 19, 2016


GaETC - Secure Your Subs

Mark your calendars and secure your substitutes for GaETC. The conference takes place November 2-4 and, as always, Vanguard will be sending you there! Registration information will be given at a later date. Please wait for this information before registering.

Substitutes will be paid for by the instructional technology department. This will be handled at a later date by Carla Mendes. She will communicate with the bookkeepers at your schools.

Vanguard Communication Chain

With nearly 400 members, it's sometimes hard for everyone to get all of the information they need. To help you know where to look or who to ask, there's a new Vanguard communication flowchart!

Does that mean you're never allowed to skip a step? Of course not, but please think about different ways to find the answers you're looking for! :) The chart is linked on our website, but you can access it through the link below!


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REMINDER: Vanguard School Leads

Before the Vanguard kick-off (August 27th), meet and determine (as a team) who will serve in this role and email Heather with the name!

For more information, see the VanWeekly from last week.


Vanguard information that you will be receiving soon includes:

  • Coaching Plan for teachers, administration, district staff
  • Tech Integration Matrix Observation Information
  • Training and Onboarding for new members
  • Starting a Vanchise
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Haven't added your info and picture to our yearbook? Do it today! CLICK HERE!

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Snap&Read Universal and Co:Writer Universal

Did you know that Fulton County Schools has purchased district-wide access to some simple technology tools that can make a powerful impact on students’ reading comprehension and written expression? Did you know that you can use these tools to personalize the reading and writing process for all of your students?

Install the Google Chrome browser extensions and then email Vanguard members Jennifer Beard at or Gigi Whiteside at and ask that they activate your account. Once activated, you will receive an email to set up your account.

Tool install links:

Snap&Read Universal

Co:Writer Universal

Tool video tutorials:

Snap&Read Universal

Co:Writer Universal

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Who: The opportunity to apply for an Innovation Grant is open to all Georgia teachers, media specialists, counselors, or any combination of persons within a school setting.

What: A maximum of $10,000 in Innovation Grants will be awarded, with each individual grant not to exceed $2,500.


  • Deadline for submitting Grant Application: September 15, 2016
  • Grant Recipient Announcement: October 7, 2016
  • All grant applications must be submitted online on or before the deadline.
  • Innovation Grants will be judged and scored based on a rubric. Click here to see the rubric (pdf file).
  • Applicants must agree to implement the approved grant initiative and expend all awarded funds prior to January 1, 2016.
  • Grant recipients are expected to make a presentation during the 2017 Georgia Educational Technology Conference.

Questions regarding the grant should be directed to Paulina Kuforiji at

Click Here to Apply for the Innovation Grant

We are planning exciting events for you at GaETC 2016!



If you haven't added your information to our roster for 2016-2017, please do so today.

Vanguard Kick-Off

Saturday, Aug. 27th, 9am-12pm

2800 Burdett Road

Atlanta, GA

We are so excited to begin our new year with a new team! I know it's a Saturday, but we're hoping you'll come on down to get prepped for everything Vanguard in 2016-2017!

Twitter Chat Gurus

Do you participate in Twitter chats all the time? Do you have lots of tips and tricks for the best way to go through a chat? Then Vanguard is looking for you!

We have a fun, unique PD opportunity and we're looking for folks like you to help make it a reality. Contact Heather for more info:

Ignite Your Passion for Innovation with GPB & Discovery Education

GPB and Discovery Education cordially invite you to Ignite Your Passion for Innovation, a powerful evening of networking and concise, energizing presentations. Join us for engaging conversation around innovation, the opportunity to connect with fellow Georgia educators, and a whole lot of inspirational fun! Bring your curiosity and ideas around innovation… and a friend!

August 25th // 6:30 - 8:30 PM // GPB 240 NW 14th Street, Atlanta GA


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Our mission as a Vanguard team is to build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to provide innovative instruction which meets the needs, skills and interests of all students.