"We Dream A World": Head of School Blog

 

Learn more about the ideas that fuel this project.

As the only school in the country specialized for refugee girls' education, Global Village Project is a model for schools and organizations around the world who teach students not adequately served by traditional educational systems. The thinking and innovation that have driven the development of GVP's unique educational model rest on a foundation that comes from the heart - a commitment to true educational equity and a belief that all students are humans first. Hear the latest from GVP's Head of School, Dr. Amy Pelissero, about the ideas that make Global Village Project a thought leader in the field of education.

Practicing Kindness

Every now and then I see a few kind words come across my social media feeds, but most of the time these days, what I read there is not very kind. I realize our need for honesty and truth and for courageous conversations, but I cannot imagine these doing much ...
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Making connections

On Monday, August 31, we officially started our GVP online distance learning program for the 2020-2021 school year. We met with our 20 newcomer students and their families via Zoom and in-person during Orientation, completed the needed academic assessments, and welcomed our returning students back to school for assessments and ...
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We are lifelong learners. 

I am incredibly tired today, physically worn out. It took a very different kind of attention, focus, and energy to be at school with new students and families this week--to be out, to be social and interacting in person--yet in a completely different way. Ensuring that I am following and ...
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A Different and Beautiful Kind of Day

Yesterday was the first day of school for GVP. As I arrived on campus in the morning, I felt excited and nervous—as I had every year before. But, things were so very different this year. I wore my mask into the school. I stopped at the front desk to take ...
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Relationships at the Core

Last week, I asked our Student and Family Support Team to pose a question to parents on their regular check in calls. I was hoping to learn how many of our GVP families will have an adult present in the home to supervise children during the day while parents are ...
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Building a Bridge

In the past few weeks I have seen several articles describing the trend towards hiring private teachers and tutors and creating “pandemic pods” for teaching and learning for students in the coming school year. Wealthy parents with resources are actively seeking alternative ways of providing a strong education for their ...
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Moving Forward

Today I met with the teaching faculty and GVP’s Educational Coordinators to discuss possible reopening plans. We learned on Monday evening that our local school district has delayed the start of school by two weeks and has opted for a virtual school start. Somehow, actually hearing their decision and reading ...
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Day by Day

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at school. It felt really good to be there but very strange, too. I sat in my office with a mask on, signing student transcripts and recommendation letters for high school, paying bills for GVP, and preparing for the June Board of Directors’ meeting. My ...
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Change is Coming

I wrote my last blog one week ago, not imagining all that might happen in one week’s time. I am still trying to process all that is going on and can’t seem to put all that I am seeing, reading, experiencing, and feeling into the right words. There have been ...
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Book Clubs and DEI at GVP

Last Thursday, we completed our final day of post-planning for teachers. We ended the day with an all staff Zoom session where we checked in and shared our superhero powers and names and welcomed a new staff member to our team. We also had an update on our DEI (Diversity, ...
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Literacies in Action

This morning in our team huddle, Ms. Danielle, our STEAM Coordinator, shared a story with us. It included chat messages between two students. She wanted us to see how one of our newest and youngest students, an 11-year old girl who arrived in the US in January 2019, had been ...
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Better Together

Well, we made it. We did it. We hit a major milestone yesterday. With record speed and expert coordination and collaboration, we created a virtual learning program for GVP students and a remote working model for our staff. We ramped up our outreach and communications and our engagement with parents ...
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Virtual Connections

We have only three days of school left for students. Our Educational Coordinators met this morning to create a plan for continued and supported summer learning and a plan for our post-planning sessions with teaching faculty next week. There are plans for a school-wide end of semester Zoom party on ...
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Thank You, Moms

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. It was a beautiful, sunny day here in Decatur, and I spent most of the day relaxing outside with my family. I shared emails, text messages, and pictures with other moms that I know and love and got to visit with my mom outside at a ...
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21st Century Learners and Leaders

Earlier this week in my Monday Blog, I shared a little about what I think is required of learners in the 21st century and about the four C’s--Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking--of 21st century education. I also shared what I would like to call the fifth and perhaps most ...
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Superhero Teachers

When I was 7, my mother moved me and my younger brother and sister from New York to a very small town in South Carolina. It was a difficult time and move for us and felt more like we were moving to a different country than another state. I can ...
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Navigating a New Course

On Friday we celebrated our first ever GVP Virtual Community Tea. There were a few very minor hiccups, but it was a wonderful way to kick off the month of May and a huge success overall. While this Authors’ Tea was different from the rest, it brought us together and ...
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Building Resilience

Last week, I received a very interesting article from Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) in my email inbox. We have come to rely greatly on GCN’s expertise and guidance in my years at GVP, and I am thankful that GCN is such a strong voice and leader for local nonprofits ...
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The Power of Reading

Last night in bed, I was looking over my Facebook feed and saw another great post from A Mighty Girl. I love seeing and reading what they put out on social media and then sharing that with my friends online. Through their posts, I have learned the stories of powerful ...
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Our Capacity to Dream

This morning I had a hard time getting out of bed. When my alarm went off, I was deep in a dream and wasn’t certain if the alarm was real or part of my strange dream. I know that we all dream as humans, but I am not one to ...
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Role Models and Trail Blazers

In January 1986, I was a fourteen-year-old girl, almost exactly the same age on average as our students at GVP, and I can vividly recall watching the Space Shuttle Challenger lift off at Cape Canaveral on a Tuesday morning at school. We all watched with excitement, and then time seemed ...
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The Practice of Love

In this time of online learning and virtual connections, I often see hearts and heart-filled emojis showing up in our emails, texts, and chat messages, even in those for school and work. In fact, some of the most joyful moments in my days occur when a chat message from a ...
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Leading with Wisdom

This weekend GVP released a beautiful video from Nasteho, one of our incredible and inspiring GVP alumnae. She was recently recognized as a Posse Scholar and was accepted at George Washington University in D.C. Nasteho had originally agreed and planned to speak at GVP’s Tribute to Education event that would ...
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Our Shared Losses

This week we learned of the DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) plan for the end of the school year. In general, GVP aims to follow their lead and calendar because all of our students and their siblings live in DeKalb County and attend DeKalb County public schools. We want to ...
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Sharing Our Stories

In the fall of 2014 and in my second year as Head of School at GVP, I was introduced via email to Susie Purcell and Synchronicity Theatre’s Playmaking for Girls (PFG) in-school residency program. Sometimes I still can’t believe what a wonderful gift that virtual introduction was to me and ...
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Privileges and Responsibilities

Our school took a much-needed and well-deserved Spring Break last week. I heard this morning from our School Support Specialist that students were not ready to even hear about returning to our virtual school when he delivered food to their families on Friday. I have to admit that I felt ...
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A Circle of Women

People often ask me about why GVP is exclusively for girls or, alternatively, whether we intend to do something similar for boys. This topic is almost certain to arise on any given tour of the school and whenever I go out to talk about GVP. No matter how many times ...
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The Miracle That Is Each Moment

I have seen several posts online recently about how March feels like the “never-ending” month. Today, March has finally come to an end, and we begin the month of April, which is likely to bring many of the same challenges as March did alongside some new ones. My hope is ...
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Reimagining Adversity in Community

My husband and I were talking on Saturday morning about the books we’ve been reading during this time. It has been really important for us to turn off and tune out the news at night before going to bed. Reading has always been a respite for us both. I have ...
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Thank You, Teachers

I’ve been thinking a lot about learning today. I happen to be a person who loves learning new things. I always loved school—no doubt why I find myself leading one—and my teachers (or at least most of them). Even after finishing my Ph.D., I find myself often thinking about all ...
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Shine On

Yesterday and the day before were rainy and bleak around Atlanta. Somehow the darkness of the days made the stress of isolation and social distancing harder for me, and I imagine for others. With the rising cases of COVID-19, continued closures, and stay-at-home orders for the City of Atlanta and ...
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A Time to Dream: Welcome to Dr. Amy’s Blog

For at least four years now, I have thought about starting a Head of School blog. When we updated our website last year, I thought I might finally get around to making it happen. Now, as we face new times and uncharted territories, it feels imperative to write, to document, ...
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