Your Safety Matters

Special Announcement on Social Distancing from GGA – Because You Matter

At Girls Global Academy, health and safety are important and we want to take the necessary precautions to ensure that we uphold our Safety pillar. We are located at 733 Eighth Street NW and our staff will be teleworking.  We will not be hosting any building tours from March 16 – March 31.  Although this may disrupt some of our plans to host our families, we will continue the work of our mission.

Social distancing not only applies to the employees and Board members of Girls Global Academy, it applies to our efforts to personalize our interactions with our families and community.  Outreach has been a staple for Girls Global Academy since we started this journey.  We will continue to work with City Bridge Education, Education Forward DC, and PAVE as they provide guidance on creative ways to continue our interactions with families and community members.  We have already begun to set a plan in motion so that our families continue to feel that they are connected to Girls Global Academy.

Stay tuned to how we will connect virtually for our March 28 Open House.

Please click on this Meal Distribution link for the DC Public Charter Schools Citywide Meal Distribution sites for all students under age 18. 

Thank you for continuing to engage as we work to fulfill the promise that we will open a high quality school that gives girls the voice and confidence to explore all that is possible.  Because you matter we are just a phone call away if you need anything.

Be safe.

Together,
Karen

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Karen Venable-Croft

Co-Founder / Executive Director
Women's History Month

GGA Newsletter – March 2020

March is Women’s History Month which celebrates the important roles women have played in American History!
 
We are participating in the 2nd Annual #FITDC HerStory 5K Walk/Run on Saturday March 7, 2020. It is not too late to join us. Check out the activities Apple is hosting this month at their store near us using the link below.
 

Girls Global's Four Pillars

A true global sisterhood is about being able to discuss the universal struggles of womanhood. Shared language is used to celebrate, support, and uplift each other to ensure students are writing their own narratives for their futures both individually and as a collective.

How will GGA do that?

  • Advisory
  • Community Meetings

 

The world is our backyard and “just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” Through service-learning you try on a range of leadership identities while supporting your community in both local and global contexts.

How will GGA do that?

  • LEADership Academy
  • Global Partnerships

Future-ready scholarship must address the fact that skill-sets will change based on industry. Students must be life-long learners so they have the ability to flex, adapt, and pivot to gain additional skills as needed or reinvent themselves if the skill-sets become out-of-date.

How will GGA do that?

  • Global Curriculum
  • Engineering &
  • Entrepreneurial Mindsets

 

Safety starts with you by having compassion for yourself and others. Physical and emotional safety are critical for wellness. Confidence is fostered when students feel safe and is a skill that is taught, much like the development of muscle memory and supports moving thoughts to actions.

How will GGA do that?

  • Safe Passage to School
  • Developing a Growth Mindset

Post-Lottery & March Open House Events

Priority One: We will know our students.

One of the best parts of working in education is getting to know students and their families. We have met with eight awesome students and their families thus far for one-to-one meetings and would love to get to know more of you. If you need interpreter services, then we will provide it to you. Schedule a coffee/tea/water meeting with us!

Parent Perspective
~ by Shanti Martin, parent of a rising 9th Grader

This kind of meeting is important from a student and parent perspective because it gives the student a chance to ask questions that are important to them entering high school. It also gives the staff the opportunity to meet the student to see personality traits and ask questions that could possibly help the school be more empowering when it comes to activities, subjects, community service etc.

These meetings are important because the staff will have a head start before the school year starts on what to offer students and what’s best for the the school, parents etc as a whole. It truly takes a village and it’s better when the students have input so that they know the school truly cares about any needs and concerns.

After our meeting Savannah was relieved and felt so much better. She is super excited to become apart of the Girls Global Academy. I as a parent would love to join their organization as well because I believe in the mission and what they are offering to all young ladies…our future entrepreneurs.

What do you discuss during the meeting?

  • Hopes and dreams
  • Excitement and fears about high school
  • Student areas of strength and areas of growth
  • Interests, hobbies, and activities
  • Anything else the student and their family would like to discuss
Where do you conduct the meeting?
  • Your home
  • Local library
  • Starbucks
  • You pick the location
 
How long is the meeting?
  • Just one hour of your time
 
 
What do I bring to the meeting?
  • Your ideas
  • Your hopes
  • Your dreams
  • Your questions
  • Your concerns
  • Anything else you think would help us get to know you

Repost: Families Are Our Partners

Parent Perspective
by Tosha Crawford, parent of a rising 9th Grader
 
I was honored to be asked to participate in a panel interview for prospective teachers at Girls Global Academy (GGA). I jumped at the chance and thought it would be a wonderful experience where my voice could be heard by the administrators regarding the culture and expectations of teachers.
 
Over the years, I have listened to students and parents talk about teachers and their inability to connect to girls of color. So it was important to me to have my voice heard when establishing the culture at GGA. 
 
I wanted to meet candidates who chose teaching as a passion rather than a job. Teachers who would be able to relate the subject area to the real everyday world for the girls. And most importantly, I wanted to hear authentic responses to scenarios which included understanding urban girls of color and cultural sensitivity.  
 
The experience was eye opening! 
 
Here are some ways for you to be involved right now:
 
 
~ Follow us on Social Media @GirlsGlobalDC and like our posts.
~ Attend our service events and volunteer beside your student.
~ Weigh in on what social-emotional skills we should prioritize for year one.
~ Distribute flyers/posters to get the word out about Girls Global.
~ Join our steering committee to guide engineering and business pathways.
~ Make a suggestion on how you would like to be involved!
~ Participate on our hiring panels for staff members.
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Questions? Join Us for a GGA Open Information Session

Do you still have questions about Girls Global Academy? Join a GGA Open Information Session and learn more about our destination high school on the following dates & times.

  • FEB 17 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST
  • MAR 11 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
  • MAR 28 – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

@ Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 

For more information and to register for one of these events, visit https://girsglobalacademy.org/openhouse/

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GGA Newsletter – December 2019

GGA's First Open House

GGA hosted its first open house. Thank you to the families who braved the bitter cold on the evening of December 18th to hear more about our model.
 
A special ‘shout out’ is extended to our former students who graciously gave their time to talk to prospective families! See below for our next open house events in January.
 
Our next community event is the #FITDC Her Story 5K walk/run on March 7, 2020 to honor Women’s History Month. The race begins at Freedom Plaza and we would love for you to join us! Please email us if you would like to participate!

The My School DC Lottery closes soon!

My School DC tutorial video!

Girls Global 2020 Open House Dates

Join us to learn more about our destination high school!

Girls Global Academy will be the premier training ground for high school girls in the areas of global citizenship, entrepreneurship and engineering in Washington, DC. Our program ignites empowerment and develops their confidence to lead and succeed at the local or global level. Refreshments will be served!

Meet our newest team member!


Jason Mellen has experience in the charter school sector and worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Vertus Charter High School. At Vertus he led the operations of the school that tripled in size, relocated to a new state of the art facility, and developed extensive systems and routines.

Learn more about Jason here.

GGA's First EdFEST

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What an awesome first experience for the Girls Global team at EdFEST. We met over sixty families and community members. We appreciate everyone who stopped by our table to talk with the founding team and our board members. We even had a prospective parent join our table to discuss why an all-girls option was one that was the best choice for her and for her older daughter!

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A Day in the Life of a GGA Student

What do I find interesting at school? A lot! Our first unit for the quarter is about identity. We are exploring identity in all of our classes, through advisory, and through our LEADership Academy on Wednesdays.