Love those 'Stros! They will always be champions in our hearts regardless of runs scored. However, it is tough to see A.J. Hinch express that his feelings are still "raw" days after game 7. This is one of those situations in which the saying "hindsight is 20/20" probably really holds true. We appreciate his vulnerability and transparency in sharing how he feels days after the World Series. It called to mind a reminder about the relationship between daring greatly and failure. That raw feeling is the product of daring greatly, making a plan, sticking to it, and leading a team to the ultimate heights of professional game play. Very few folks will ever get to feel that raw feeling because of fear, lack of commitment, and unwillingness to do the work. You see the raw feeling of major failure is reserved of those who courageously, dare greatly.

And though, the trick is to not allow that rawness to take over. For A.J., that might look like him choosing to stop reliving and rethinking about the night of October 30, 2019 because looking in the rear view mirror more than a few times does not serve him, his team, or his organization. Look in the rear view mirror should be limited to a few times... just enough to gain understanding and learn from what happened to move forward powerfully. Live in the present and live forward empowered by lessons from the past rather than weighed down by them. This is a choice that Coach Hinch has. This is a choice that we all have. Keep daring greatly!


#GlobalEd19 is a free online conference that takes place around the clock. Get more details and registration information HERE.

Vanguard Application Window Open!

The application window for Cohort V is now open. It will be open until Friday, November 22. Spread the word!

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Happy Birthday Rachel Rose!

November 25th!

Mark Your Vanguard Calendars!

Yet, Another Announcement!

We are kicking off a new Virtual PD Series called Vanguard Self-Leadership! We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback and requests for more of the self-leadership (being in choice, commitment, listening, etc.) instruction that is offered on VanLearning Days. However, F2F time is VERY difficult to come these days so we are bringing it to you live online in the comfort of your own home or wherever you are at 7:30 pm. Each series is themed with a specific focus and will consist of 4- 30 minute online sessions. We ask that you commit to attending all 4. More details on commitment will come via email along with the links to the video sessions:) The details for the first series are below:

SHIFT Series

Session 1/4 - Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30-8 pm

Lesson 2/4 - Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 -8 pm

Lesson 3/4 - Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 - 8 pm

Lesson 4/4 - Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 - 8 pm

Click here to register.

VanLearning Days

We are changing the way we VanLearn together! We are perpetually in the business of honoring your choice action of joining the Vanguard Fellowship and making sure that your membership does not become "one more thing" on an already overflowing plate! So, we are reducing the number of annual f2f VanLearning Days to 2 - 1 each semester. The other 2 VanLearning Days are going to be traded for a series of virtual community circles conducted via Zoom.

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
  • 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 has begun! The first leaderboard will be sent via email November 5th. Stay connected! #beagreendot

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: TBD
    • 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 Events

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 so jolly good fun with your Vanguard community!

Drinks, Food and Game Gift-Giving!

Bring a wrapped game for our annual White Elephant gift exchange!

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!

We hope to see everyone there!

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

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