November 30, 2017

Vanguard Activity Points

View your current total or submit new activities.

November School Team Meetings

Local School Vanguard/Vanchise Meeting. Every Team member present should complete this form. Only for the current month. November link will close tonight at 11:59PM.

Vanguard Coaching Information

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

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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.

Questions About Activity Points?

If you have any questions about your points, please review last week's VanWeekly for more information.
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GaETC - Moving Forward

If you were supposed to present at GaETC and were unable to but are interested in presenting at our January 5th PD day, please complete this form.

If you were supposed to present at GaETC and were unable to and you are not able to present at our January 5th PD because of a commitment to another group - Learning Architects, Media Specialists, Special Area mtg., please indicate that on the form as well.

If you took personal time and presented at GaETC, please submit on the "Extending the Reach" form.


Continuing working to earn those Activity Points for a FREE trip ISTE 2018 in Chicago!!

We are also working on the possibility of sending MORE Vanguard members to ISTE!

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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Tonight we will have a BONUS twitter chat. The discussion is more geared toward new members, but if you haven't participated in a twitter chat this will be an easy chat to start with. (All are welcome to participate and points will be awarded regardless of member status - new or veteran).


This year Twitter chats will be twice a month on Thursday at 7:30PM.

1st Semester: Dec 7

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 - NEXT Week

Leads- You should have received an email from Heather.

Tonight's Call Details:

Host: Justin Evans

Time: 7:00 PM

Date: Dec 6

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.

ALL School LEADS: please complete this form regarding work at our school prior to next weeks call School-Based Information


UPDATE: This is currently full, but if you're interested, check back to see if a spot has opened on the sign-up. If you have signed up and are not longer able to attend, please cancel your spot.

Thrilled to announce our FIRST Teacher Event at the Perimeter Mall Microsoft Store... just for Educators. Microsoft is excited to start with Measuring Speed to Understand Forces & Motion with Hot Wheels.

ANY & ALL Educators are welcome! Teachers don't have to be Vanguard to Attend.

In Center Location: Lower level, Von Maur wing, outside the Food Court

Sign up HERE


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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.