Global Communications

The Official Newsletter of Global Impact Academy

Welcome to Global Impact Academy!

We are thrilled you have chosen to embark on this journey with us! The team and I conducted numerous interviews searching for TOP TALENT and we found it. The enthusiasm you all have exhibited regarding GIA's vision for a STEM education leads me to believe we will cultivate the school environment we all desire.


In preparation for the school year, we wanted to collect some information and put a few things on your radar. In this newsletter, you will find information about our instructional program and summer learning opportunities (school-based and district-wide). Also, make sure you scroll down and click the button to complete the GIA Staff Survey.


I hope you are as excited as we are about the the upcoming school year! I look forward to working with you and serving the community and the students of GIA.


Anthony J. Newbold, Principal

Whatever good things we build end up building us. ~Jim Rohn

We are near the end of construction and set to move in this summer. We will begin tours and trainings in mid-June. In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of building from the images below.

Introduction to Design Thinking Professional Learning

The Global Impact Academy CORE Team is excited to offer an Introduction to Design Thinking!


GIA’s approach to teaching and learning is underpinned by the Design Thinking mindset. The five phases of the non-linear iterative process (Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test) used to stoke innovation and develop user-focused solutions will be applied to instructional planning and practices. Students will also use the process as they collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and develop solutions to the world’s problem.


The three-day introductory training will be facilitated by the GIA Core team using a blended model. Synchronous learning will consist of face-to-face meetings to engage new staff members in hands-on activities and design thinking experiences. Asynchronous learning will require staff members to examine design thinking literature and complete instructional modules.


Watch the video below for an overview of The Design Thinking Process. When you complete the GIA Staff Survey, you will be prompted to select one of the synchronous sessions.

Session 1: Tuesday, June 22nd - Thursday, June 24th

Session 2: Tuesday, July 13th - Thursday, July15th

The Design Thinking Process
FCS Summer 2021 Professional Learning Catalog

ALL Current FCS Employees should click this button to access the Professional Learning Catalog for Required and Optional trainings offered in June and July.

Are you NEW to FULTON?

Fulton County Schools is extending the option for newly hired Special Education (SEC) and Career Technical (CTAE) teachers to participate in required summer trainings. Stipends will be awarded and paid in the August paycheck. If you are interested in participating, please indicate it in the GIA Staff Survey. Click on the picture to view the trainings.
Global Impact Academy Staff Survey

REQUIRED for ALL GIA Staff!!!

For Immediate Media Release

We want to introduce our staff to the community. We are asking all staff members to submit a headshot and brief bio to be published on social media. Your bio can include any of the following:


  • Alma mater
  • Hobbies
  • Interesting facts
  • Your why for working in education
  • Achievements
  • Goals and aspirations


Bio should be submitted as a Word document to GIAInfo@fultonschools.org.

Interested in learning more about Design Thinking? Click the cover to listen to the Design Thinking Handbook on Google Play Books.