Center for Educational Partnerships

The Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is a service unit in the College of Education (COE) committed to supporting and promoting collaborations between COE faculty, staff, and students and K-12 schools in West Michigan. The CEP provides high-quality programming and resources to school districts and educators, with a goal of supporting student achievement. Projects housed in the CEP include environmental education (Groundswell), promotions and outreach (Colleagues magazine), event planning (Convocation), career guidance (COE Alumni Association), teacher professional development (Student 2 Steward), and much more. The efforts of the CEP team also focus on providing experiences, opportunities, and resources to populations who are underserved or underrepresented in some educational endeavors.

Explore the links below to learn more about our work and how we might connect with you or your community!

Alumni Association

People gather around the table at an outdoor activity held by the Alumni Association (photo)


Artwork of apple and painting tool (photo)


Students wearing blue regalia at Commencement ceremony (photo)


Fish artwork representing and depicting Groundswell Farm (photo)


Students writing on their notes at a field day activity held by Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (photo)

News and Events

GVSU clock tower on a chilly fall day (photo)

PBS LearningMedia

Dean and PBS characters on stage during an PBS activity  (photo)


Students re-organizing bookshelves in the library (photo)

Student 2 Steward

Students participating in a project on a field in an Student 2 Steward activity (photo).

Mission Statement

The Center for Educational Partnerships serves as to create and facilitate service connecting the College of Education (COE) to local and world communities.

We will do this by:

  • Making COE visible through public relations opportunities
  • Modeling social responsibility/civic duty for students
  • Creating/sustaining relationships in the community
  • Administering COE events
  • Promoting educational policies and practices
  • Creating educational resources for the community
  • Sustaining student connection with the COE and the community