Girls Global Academy hosted a Sisterhood Virtual Summit for Women’s History month in March. The purpose was to spotlight women that are making a difference in our community, to provide opportunities for dialogue on topics that impact girls and women, and to give students space to share projects they are passionate about.
Girls Global Academy Updates
Greetings Girls Global Academy Community!
Service Learning & LEADership Academy
Welcome one and all! January 19th We are so excited to introduce you to our LearnServe team who will be guiding the students through our 6-week LearnServe Hackathon program. The purpose of this orientation will be to introduce LearnServe, provide an overview of the program, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to getting to know you and can’t wait to begin this exciting journey soon! LearnServe Hack-a-thon Orientation
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
― Angela Y. Davis
Over the last few days, recent events have revealed frustration, pain, and inequities over the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is on the back of the many others, like Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, that have lost their lives or faced the trauma of institutional racism. It created a host of emotions and actions across the country and right here in Washington, DC. Last week reminded us and continues to remind us that hate- filled actions have no place in a world where we seek, inclusion, kindness and liberation.
At Girls Global Academy, our focus is on educational justice to ensure that girls have access to opportunities to actualize their dreams.
We know that systemic barriers continue to exist on our path to equity in achievement gaps, STEM and business gaps and life outcomes. This is not separate from pay inequities, which is not separate from food insecurities, which is not separate from health care gaps, which is not separate from forced childhood marriage, which is not separate from domestic violence, which is not separate from police brutality, which is not separate from the impact of the pandemic, which is not separate from the criminalization of girls of color in schools. These are reminders that there is still work to do so that we, together, can build and fight for the future that our girls deserve.
We are building a school based on positive systems that affirm individual identity and uplift our school community. Our students can explore what is possible and create a path to obtain it. If we are to be true to our vision of creating leaders that influence change for global benefit then we must begin to have the dialogue about issues that will have an impact on our students both inside and outside of our physical school structure.
Our mission is to foster pathways to lead and learn so that our school community feels empowered. We want to give voice to what happened and how it impacts a school community. Therefore, we continue daily to uphold our pillars.
Safety: We commit to providing safe spaces to discuss and cultivate mental wellness and self- care because we value people.
Scholarship: We continue to host and join forums for our founding students, families, and staff to dialogue on issues that matter.
Service: We stand with people that work to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression.
Sisterhood: We honor and celebrate our identity and connection to the local and global society.
The GGA leadership team wanted each of you to know that You Matter and look forward to you joining us to ensure that we are creating pathways for our students to lead and learn maximizing each student’s unique potential.
Here is a resource to support conversations with students at 6:00 pm this evening through Common Sense Media.
Karen Venable-Croft, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Girls Global Academy
Shayne Swift, Co-Founder and Principal of Girls Global Academy
Beth Blaufuss, Board Chair of Girls Global Academy
May's Erollment Opportunities
From our Founding Teachers
We conduct discovery sessions with our families and also conduct them with our founding staff. There are two quotes from our founding Engineering teacher and founding Physical Education & Health teacher that resonated. We wanted to share these words of wisdom with you. Stay tuned for additional staff spotlights!
“Balance one day does not look like balance the next day”
“With all the uncertainties, optimism and gratitude are our greatest allies”
In This Issue:
- Erollment Roll Call
- Erollment Support
- What’s Upcoming
April is Financial Literacy Month
From The Girl Scout Research Institute:
“Financial literacy is a growing concern given the state of the U.S. economy over the past five years. The recession has led to high unemployment, foreclosures, personal and national debt, inflation, and financial uncertainty. In order to properly grasp these concepts and prepare themselves for their financial future, today’s youth need a solid understanding of age-appropriate money management and economics. This is especially important given the fact that financial literacy is not currently a standard component of the K−12 education curriculum in the United States, and thus the responsibility for teaching these skills has fallen to parents, families, and out-of-school-time programs.”
GGA’s take on financial literacy:
Welcome Paige our Student Support Services Coordinator
Paige will oversee and support our students who have Individualized Education Plans, 504 Plans, and students who are English Language Learners to ensure our instructional staff meet student needs and families are our partners.
In This Issue:
- Four Pillar Resources
- Priority One: We will know our students
- Financial Literacy Reads
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.
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?
- 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
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!
~ 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
Repost: Families Are Our Partners
In the News
MLK Day of Service
Year One Instructional Priorities
- We will know our students academically and social-emotionally.
- We will establish a culture for learning with parent and student input.
- We will assess learning in diverse ways to meet student need.
- We will communicate regularly and transparently with families.
Families Are Our Partners
The Girls' School Advantage: By the Numbers
GGA's First Open House
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
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!