Nov 6th, 2018

Big picture

In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • Group Vanguard Photo @ GaETC
  • Vanguardians Present at GaETC!!
  • Download the GaETC app
  • EdTech Conference Survival Guide- Tips and Tricks for attending GaETC
  • XP and Stipend Reminder
  • FCS Tech Competition
  • ACTION ITEMS- January PD Event
  • ACTION ITEMS- Bright Spark Design Competition
  • Twitter Chat
  • School Lead call
  • Webinars
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Shining a Spotlight on Success
  • Learning Opportunities for Microsoft

Mark your calendar

Nov 7-9- GaETC

Nov 8- Twitter Chat

Nov 15- School Lead call

Nov 27- Webinar

Big picture
Big picture

Who's Excited for GaETC?!?!?

Big picture

Vanguardians Present at GaETC!!

Be sure to support your fellow Vanguardians as they share their expertise and tech-talents at GaETC!

Big picture
See something cool? Got a new idea from GaETC? Share! We will have a real time "back channel" using Teams to communicate our new ideas and things we think others should check out.
Big picture

Contact Us

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at GaETC this week. If you need assistance with anything while at GaETC, please call Heather Van Looy, 404-977-1607.

XP and Stipend Reminder

Stipends will be released twice during the year. Early stipend earners will get their $500 stipend in December. If you're not quite to your XP goal by the deadline for the December release, you will be eligible for the second round, which will be issued in February.

November 16th - Early Bird Gets the Worm Deadline!

  • Teachers & METIs must earn 35 points by this date to get their stipend in December.
  • Non-Instructional staff must earn 25 points by this date to get their stipend in December

February 1st - Staying the Course Deadline!
  • Teachers & METIs must earn 50 points by this date to get their stipend in February.
  • Non-Instructional staff must earn 35 points by this date to get their stipend in February.

2018-2019 FCS Tech Competition

Big picture

Carolyn Hutcheson ( is the point of contact for questions about the Technology Fair.

Big picture

Calling All Presenters!

Big picture

January Vanguard Professional Development Day

We are ramping up for our January PD, “Limit Break” gamer themed professional development.

To pull this off, WE NEED YOU!

This is your opportunity to share what you know to help others around the district. We are soliciting session proposals from Vanguard members for Speedrun Sessions (IGNITE - 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide, 5 minutes total ), Main Quest Sessions (90 minutes) and Side Quest Sessions (50 minutes). Please consider submitting a proposal for one of these opportunities.

We need your expert knowledge!

Session proposals are due on Sunday 11/25/18.

We look forward to learning from each other in January!

Bright Spark Design Thinking Competition

Big picture

This year, the FCS Technology Competition at Centennial High School on January 26th will include a Design Thinking team competition for students in grades 4-12. The top 3 teams from the FCS Technology Competition will go on to participate in the 2018-2019 Bright Spark Design Competition in February. Teachers interested in having a team compete must attend a Design Thinking Simulation training with Amy Barger on November 27th from 8:00-3:30 at the Admin Building on Powers Ferry Road. For additional details about the training day and the Bright Spark competition, see the attached documents. Space is limited, so register in Edivate today!

Click the links below to learn more.

Registration Instructions

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Twitter chat on November 8th!

Join us for our next Twitter chat on November 8th! Next week's questions come from @FCSVanguard. It will be all things related to GaETC and the excitement surrounding the event. We wish we could be at every session, but we just can't. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to see and share all of the great information. Make sure to take pictures, notes, or videos and share some links from your favorite sessions.

Check Teams for the topic, host, and a link to questions for upcoming chats. "See" you then!

Interested in hosting or sharing a topic idea? Let us know here!

School Lead Call – Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm

We will be conducting our meeting in Microsoft Teams, and the link to join the meeting will appear in the Vanguard School Lead Team - General channel.

Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm

Webinar- November 27th

Mark your calendar for the November Vanguard PD webinar, which will be on November 27 at 7:30 pm. Last week we communicated the date would be November 13, but we have decided to make a change since the School Lead call is November 15. The Nov. 27 webinar will be a virtual Smackdown session in which volunteers will have a couple minutes to share something innovative or transformative that you learned at GaETC. You may also share something new you learned about coaching. If you would like to speak during the session, there will be a form available closer to time for you to sign up.

We are looking for your feedback on topics for future webinars. What do you want to learn? Do you have something you would like to teach are showcase to the rest of team? Please complete this quick form to let us know.

Interested in hosting, sharing a topic idea, or anything else "Twitter related"? Read below!

We are looking for hosts for our coming Twitter chats! Please let us know if you are interested or know a colleague inside or outside of Fulton County who you believe would make a great host! Have ideas on the perfect topic? Reach out and let me know! Hosts, topics, and all things Twitter can be submitted here:

Big picture

Module 3

Module 3 is now available. Please go to and the code is KDTIN.

If you have not completed Modules 1 and 2, the codes are Below. Please make sure you complete the Google Form when done. It is

Codes for Modules:

Module 1- BDIOL

Module 2- MTPJL

Big picture
Big picture

Ms. Vonda Shands

Mindy Ramon met with Vonda and a couple other Vanguard members at Paul D. West Middle School a few weeks ago to learn more about SAFARI Montage. Within just a few days Vonda had taken the time to help out other teachers. She searched for videos for other curricular areas and sent the links out to the entire staff! In the last couple weeks their SAFARI Montage usage has sky rocketed. Great job Vonda for your support of all teachers and students at Paul D. West

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

Share Your Success!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick!

If you have a technology, instructional strategy/best practice, or coaching tip, etc. please share!

Share your Tip, Tool and/or Trick here

Big picture

Microsoft PD Opportunity Coming Soon

Mindy Ramon is in the process of developing a self-paced online Beyond Microsoft Innovative Educator course. This course will run from December-May and will cover advanced uses of Microsoft tools to transform learning and support students. The course topics include:

  • Managing Classes with MS Teams
  • Improving reading and writing with Learning Tools (dictate, read aloud, picture dictionary and more)
  • Creating with Sway, Paint 3D an Windows 10 photos/video
  • Communicating via online meetings
  • Providing just in time instruction with PowerPoint recorder and Stream

If you are interested in signing up for this course, look for the registration link in next week's Vanweekly. You must have Windows 10 installed on your laptop/Surface and have completed the Microsoft Innovative Educator course or be familiar with OneNote and OneDrive to participate. This is an advanced level class. Please email Mindy if you have questions.

Big picture

Vanguard Leadership Team

Big picture

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)


Big picture