Happy Holidays from EdTech!


This is a free online conference with a talented line up of speakers! Get more details and registration information HERE.

Thanks Annie Mitchell for sharing this event with us!

Happy Birthday!

Ami Rapp (3rd)

Stephanie Chambers (6th)

Amy Pierce (16th)

Mark Your Vanguard Calendars!

Holiday Meet-Up with Festive, Fun Games!

When & Where: Thursday, December 5 at 4:30 pm; Location: La Fiesta - 9427 Katy Freeway (location behind Office Max) .

Come have some jolly good fun with your Vanguard community!

Drinks, Food and Game Gift-Giving!

If you would like, bring a wrapped game for our annual White Elephant gift exchange.

We hope to see everyone there!

What is a white elephant gift exchange?

A White Elephant Gift Exchange is an event where people vie to walk away with the best gift. Per tradition, we are going with the theme of games. We want everyone to relax and fun over their holiday break, and we thought a game could be a great way to support you in achieving the goal. Remember, no more than $20 for your game!

Vanlearning Online

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the time and day Vanlearning Online offerings! The most popular requests were to add a later time and a day other than Wednesday. So... we did both!

SHIFT Series

This is a 2nd offering of this series on a new day and time.

Session 1/4 - Thursday, January 9 at 8:30-9:10 pm

Session 2/4 -Thursday, January 16 at 8:30-9:10 pm

Session 3/4 -Thursday, January 23 at 8:30-9:10 pm

Session 4/4 - Thursday, January 30 at 8:30-9:10 pm

Click here to register.

NEW series - Show UP!

The Shift series is a required pre-requisite for this series.

Session 1/4 - Thursday, March 5 at TBA

Session 2/4 -Thursday, March 12 at TBA

Session 3/4 -Thursday, March 26 at TBA

Session 4/4 - Thursday, April 2 at TBA

Look for registration information in a future Vanmonthly.

VanLearning Days

Vanguard Virtual Community Circles

Time and distance of the 2 biggest barriers to the work of the Vanguard Fellowship! To overcome these barriers we are now hosting 30 minute share and listen conversations conducted via video chat. There will be 2 sessions hosted on each of the days listed below to accommodate schedules. To protect the virtual room space, the links and session passwords will be sent via email. You can attend one or both... it is up to you. The benefit of attending both is that you may be able to connect with different people each time. We are very excited about his new offering! We hope you find it convenient and meaningful to your learning journey as a Vanguard Fellow.

  • October 24 - 4 pm or 7 pm Complete:)
  • November 14 - 4 pm or 7 pm Complete:)
  • December 12 - 7 pm only
  • February 20 - 4 pm or 7 pm
  • March 26 - 4 pm or 7 pm
  • April 16 - 4 pm or 7 pm

Vanguard Connectedness Challenge!

The Vanguard Connectedness Challege is in its final week! The connectedness fun ends 12/5.

Twitter Chats

We will continue the great interaction, connection, and conversation with our community Twitter chats. Join in on the Vanguard Twitter chat fun at #sbvanchat at the following dates and times!


October 28, 7-8 p.m. Complete:)

    • Topic: Authentic Learning Experiences - Why, How, and What
    • Moderators - Melanie Marshall & Maria Luna

January 20, 7-8 p.m.

    • Topic: I'm Vanguard. Now what?
    • Moderator: Gail Dunn

April 20, 7-8 p.m.

    • Topic: TBD
    • Moderators: Jeanette Choy & Sarah Chu

EdCamp Spring Branch

Don't miss the 5th annual Edcamp Spring Branch! Join in on sharing and learning on at the Technology Training Center (TTC) January 18 from 8-11:30 am.

Register on Eventbrite.

Follow @EdcampSB on Twitter!

Future Vanguard Social Events

"Don't Let the Door Hit Ya" Party!

When & Where: Thursday, May 21 at 4:30 pm; Location: Buffalo Wild Wings - 9435 Katy Freeway