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Standard 2

The authorizer operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and authorizer effectiveness.

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The Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office (GVSU CSO) operates under the governance and leadership of the eight, gubernatorially appointed and Senate confirmed Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees. Each trustee serves an eight-year term. The director of the GVSU CSO, the Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools, reports to the University Counsel who reports directly to the President of the University. This close reporting relationship provides the GVSU CSO with a great deal of autonomy and contact with GVSU senior management. Charter school action items are routine action items on the agendas of the Trustee’s quarterly, public meetings. Dr. Tim Wood, Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools, addresses each charter school related action item at the Trustee’s public board meeting; additionally, the charter schools office is regularly sought to inform the trustees at retreats and special committee meetings. Despite the trustee’s keen interest in charter schools, trustees have yielded, historically, a great deal of autonomy to the charter schools office as evidenced by the approval of 100% of charter school recommendations brought before the trustees for their consideration. Moreover, the GVSU CSO allocates its annual budget internally, without university control.

University-wide support for the charter school mission is visible throughout the targeted initiatives within each stakeholder group. These initiatives are generated from the GVSU CSO cyclical strategic planning initiative. The current strategic plan initiated a number of current efforts that have experienced great success and wide-support across the stakeholder groups, internal and external to GVSU. These initiatives are supported by on-going professional learning for members of the GVSU CSO team, where staff are encouraged to question current practice and propose new strategies for the consistent improvement of the portfolio of GVSU chartered schools.

In summary, the GVSU CSO exemplifies the highest standards of effectiveness in Standard 2. The University has prioritized charter school efforts while providing an intentional blend of stability and autonomy to facilitate organizational innovation and rapid response to evolving stakeholder needs.

2.1
The authorizer’s governing authority establishes policies and supports practices that ensure effective administration of the authorizer.

  • Organizational Chart
  • Authority of GVSU Board of Trustees
  • University Bylaws
  • GVSU Vision, Mission, and Values Statement
  • MI Constitution of 1963 Authorizing GVSU
  • Executive Summary of Board of Trustee Action Item
  • GVSU Strategic Plan & Charter Schools Office, see p. 11, “Objective 1.9”
  • GVSU Board of Trustees meeting agenda with charter school action item”
  • GVSU Board of Trustees meeting minutes of charter school discussion,  see p. 5
  • Internal Charter Schools Office performance dashboard for GVSU Senior Management Team
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office presentation to GVSU Senior Management Team
  • Bi-monthly meeting agenda, Dr. Tim Wood and Tom Butcher, University Counsel
  • Monthly meeting agenda, Alyson Murphy and Pat Smith, Dep. University Counsel
  • GVSU President’s annual letter on GVSU Charter Schools Office, see p. 4
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office video update for GVSU Board of Trustees
  • Internal memo updating GVSU Board of Trustees on Charter Schools Office initiative
  • Quarterly meeting agenda, Dr. Tim Wood and President Tom Haas

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2.2
The authorizer’s governing authority operates responsibly and functions effectively.

  • GVSU Accountability Report
  • GVSU Quick Facts
  • GVSU Conflict of Interest Policy
  • GVSU Board of Trustee Diverse Biographies
  • GVSU Strategic Plan 2010-2015

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2.3
The authorizer’s governing authority ensures that the authorizer’s leadership has the autonomy to meet established goals and to manage day-to-day operations effectively.

  • Bi-monthly meeting agenda, Dr. Tim Wood and Tom Butcher, University Counsel 
  • Position Description: Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools, Dr. Tim Wood
  • Organizational Chart
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Operating Budget 

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2.4
The authorizer’s leadership and staff foster a culture consistent with the authorizer’s purpose and direction.

  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Strategic Plan
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Vision, Mission, Values, & Goals
  • GVSU Health & Wellness Award
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Staff Biographies
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Charter Contract Performance Framework Summary
  • Roster of Internal Professional Development Activities Since 2012
  • Roster of Professional Conferences Attended by GVSU Charter Schools Staff Since 2012

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2.5
The authorizer’s leadership engages stakeholders effectively in support of the authorizer’s purpose and direction.

  • GVSU President’s Annual Letter on GVSU Charter Schools Office, see p. 4
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Annual Report
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Quarterly Newsletter
  • Mi-school.net Press Release
  • Mi-School.net Data Sharehouse for Community and Academic Data
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Sponsorship of Michigan Association of Public School Academies Annual Conference
  • Dr. Tim Wood’s leadership on the Michigan Association of Public School Academies Board of Directors
  • Dr. Tim Wood’s leadership on the Education Achievement Authority Board of Directors
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Partnership in Grand Rapids with Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation (Flyer) (Article)
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office National Authorizer Workshop website
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Nation Authorizer Workshop participant roster
  • “If You Build It” film screening sponsorship
  • Presentation by Dr. Tim Wood to the Coalition for the Future of Detroit School Children
  • Presentation by Dr. Tim Wood to the Grand Forum (info on Grand Forum HERE)
  • Presentation by Dr. Tim Wood to Michigan for Public Education Group
  • Invitation to the GVSU Charter Schools Office Lenders’ Luncheon
  • Presentation of GVSU to charter schools “Lenders’ Luncheon”
  • GVSU Applicant Recruitment Visit Agenda
  • Prospective applicant new school prospectus prepared by GVSU
  • Internal New Applicant Recruitment Update
  • GVSU Freshman Academy Operations Plan
  • Memo to Board of Trustee Chairwoman updating charter school issue
  • Memorandum of Understanding By and Between The College of Education and The GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Principals’ Meeting agenda and presentation
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Board of Directors Reception agenda and presentation
  • GVSU “Learning Network” video
  • GVSU College of Education and GVSU Charter Schools Office partnership
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office hosted TedXGrandRapids@Cornerstone Health and Technology High School
  • GVSU President Tom Haas remarks at GVSU Charter Schools Office graduation
  • GVSU, GRPS, City of Grand Rapids announcement of new charter school partnership
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office supports TEDxGrandRapids video
  • GVSU President Tom Haas comments on new charter high school
  • GVSU Freshman Academy for graduates of GVSU charter schools
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Deputy Director job description
  • Deputy Director’s 2014 Professional Goals
  • School visit agenda for Michigan State Representative
  • Research data and methodology for determining potential new charter applicants
  • Media on GVSU school closure process

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2.6
The authorizer’s supervision and evaluation processes result in improved professional practice.

  • GVSU Charter Schools Office Strategic Plan
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office By the Numbers
  • GVSU Charter Schools Office internal performance dashboard
  • GVSU Performance Development Program (ePDP)
  • Contract Performance Review (CPR 1.0)
  • Contract Performance Review (CPR 2.0)

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