March 6, 2019

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In this edition of the VanWeekly...

  • Vanguard Recognitions!
  • School Lead call
  • Twitter Chat
  • Webinar
  • New Member Corner
  • Shining a Spotlight on Success
  • Learning Opportunities

Mark your calendar

March 14 - Twitter Chat

March 14 - School Lead Call

March 26- Webinar- Flipgrid

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Vanguard Requirements and Recognition

Vanguard's mission is to build the capacity of instructional leaders to transform learning and teaching. The Fulton County Board of Education believes in that mission and they support us by making a considerable financial investment in our team each year. As a result, we need to be fiscally responsible and make sure that we are providing a return on their investment. The purpose of the Vanguard points system is to document the work that we do so that we can share and celebrate how awesome our team is!

Vanguard Requirements:

  • Teachers and METIs (Instructional Staff) will earn a total of 100 XP; 50 Mentoring XP and 50 from any category
  • Non-Instructional Staff will earn a total of 50 XP from any category. This includes school and district admin, CSTs, Administrative Assistants, Instructional Coaches, Data Support Specialists, etc.

Earning Badges:

As you know, this year we have introduced badges as a way to recognize people as they make progress toward meeting their Vanguard requirements and forwarding our mission and vision. In order to meet your requirements, you must earn the following badges:

  • Instructional members must earn the Vanguard 100 (100 Total XP) AND the Mentoring Master Gold (50 Mentoring XP)
  • Non-instructional members must earn the Vanguard Fab 50 (50 Total XP).

Vanguard 100!

We have 43 members who have earned 100XP! Congratulations to these members who have shown their dedication to the work of Vanguard by being actively involved!

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Vanguard Fab 50!

Congratulations to the following non-instructional members who have earned their Vanguard Fab 50 badge for meeting their Vanguard XP requirement!

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Vanguard Super Stars!

WOW!! We have 4 Vanguard members who have earned 100 or more Total XP AND 50 or more Mentoring XP! Let's celebrate these Vanguard Super Stars!

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Congratulations to our Mentoring Masters!

In Vanguard, our mission is to build the capacity of instructional leaders to transform learning and teaching. Mentoring is at the very heart of why we exist. It allows us to impact student achievement by building collaborative relationships that support student-focused learning. Congratulations to the following members who have earned Mentoring Master badges. Silver badges represent members who have completed at least one full mentoring cycle (25XP) and Gold badges are awarded to members who have completed two coaching cycles (50XP). As a reminder, all Vanguard members in instructional positions are expected to complete one mentoring cycle each semester. If you are a teacher or METI and you have not yet earned your silver badge, please schedule some time with your mentee and continue your mentoring work. If you have any questions or need support, feel free to contact Megan Endicott, Justin Evans, or Heather Van Looy.

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Stipends Have Been Awarded

The final stipend round has been released! Need ideas (or want to share ideas) of great resources? Check out this padlet wall for inspiration or sharing!

At this time, stipend winners have been notified, and the funds transfer process has been initiated. School bookkeepers have been sent a list of recipients, and they will be notified as soon as funds are available for purchases. If you did not earn your stipend this year, and you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Megan Endicott, Justin Evans, or Heather Van Looy.

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School Lead Call - March 14th @ 7:00pm

Looking forward to connecting with our School Leads on March 14th @ 7:00pm on Microsoft Teams.

Twitter Chat -March 14th @ 7:30

Topic and questions are TBA. Questions will be posted in Teams!

Webinar- March 26th @ 7:30

Vanguard Webinar Topic: Flipgrid

Hear from several fellow Vanguard members who will share how they use this awesome and FREE tool in their classrooms and beyond!

Look for the meeting invitation in the Vanguard Team-->Monthly Webinars channel.

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

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New Member Pursuits

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Vanguard New Members remember the game Trivial Pursuit? Well, we're introducing "New Member Pursuits;" a series of badges that you will earn as you complete the modules in your new member course. As of today, all new members should have earned the first three pieces of the pie, since module 3 was due on February 22nd.

The first three badges have been awarded via Badgr. You should have received notification emails, but sometimes they go to clutter. You can also view your badges by logging into using your Office 365 credentials. If you didn't get all three badges, it just means you need to catch up a bit. Don't worry there's still time! Just complete the modules you are missing to earn your badges! I'll be updating and awarding new badges following the due date of the current module.

Remember, completing all of the new member modules is a requirement for Vanguard membership, and we'll be rewarding new members who complete the course with your very own Vanguard iPad! (Note: iPads will be distributed in the fall to everyone who completes the course.)

New Members- Moving in to Module 4

New Members we have a total of 6 Modules this semester, we are now on Module 4. To better support you we have created new codes with an extended expiration date! Please pay close attention to the chart below the Modules, the Code ( new code highlighted in red), the direct link and the code expiration date.

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Katie is one of our few Vanguardians who have completed ALL required action items for the 2018-2019 school year! We are so proud of you for being a model and beacon of mentoring through Vanguard! Read below to see how mentoring through TIMS has impacted Katie and her mentees.

"I'm grateful for the platform that Vanguard has given me to serve as a coach for my peers. Collaborating with my colleagues on various projects, lessons, and technology integration is a constant learning process. The more I've learned to listen and understand the unique challenges or goals my peers pursue, the better I've gotten at co-creating with them to meet those needs. At the heart of my teaching philosophy is a need to make learning an authentic experience for my students, one that inspires future intrinsic learning. Mentoring colleagues through the Vanguard coaching program is an authentic learning experience for me, and I look forward to continuing this journey."

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!

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Are you a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator?

If so, Mindy Ramon has some t-shirts to give away. If you would like a shirt, please fill out this form. Sizes available are XL, XXL, and XXXL. Please make sure you have the certified MIE badge in your profile on the Microsoft Educator community.

Microsoft Teams Training- March 11

Microsoft Teams Training- March 11

If interested, please register in Edivate in the Professional Development Days catalog. Pass along the info to others in your building

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Vanguard Leadership Team

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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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