2021-2022 Virtual Board Training Series

Throughout each school year the GVSU CSO holds monthly training opportunities for the board members governing GVSU's charter public schools to enhance their capacity to effectively steer their schools toward fulfilling their mission. The calendar of training topics was created as a result of input from the Board President’s Advisory Committee.

All training sessions count toward the school board continuous learning requirements associated with the academic grant.


Session Schedule

School Performance by the Numbers

Date: November 4, 2021

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters:

  • Matt Cawood -- School Consultant, GVSU
  • Ram Ravikumar -- Manager of Data Analytics

Description: Every board member is responsible for ensuring the school is meeting its mission by creating a positively impactful education environment for kids. In this session, participants will review the accountability measures that are outlined in the charter contract goals, learn how to appropriately read the School Performance Report, and navigate MDE data websites.

Register for School Performance by the Numbers

New Board Member Orientation

Date: November 9, 2021

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters: 

  • Matt Cawood -- School Consultant, GVSU
  • Teri Quimby -- School Consultant, GVSU

Description: Serving on a charter public school board is one of the most rewarding ways to give back to your community. Your service will not only impact the lives of the children who have chosen to enroll in your school, but also those of countless other adults—parents, teachers and staff, those living in the neighborhood, and more. In short, your work will impact a community. As a public official, you are also charged with the important responsibilities of ensuring that public funds are well stewarded your school operates with integrity, and academic excellence is always prioritized first. During the New Board Member Training you will learn the basics of good governance, where to find key information and get answers to any questions you may have about your new role. 

Register for the November 2021 New Board Member Orientation

Understanding your Charter Contract

Date: January 19, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters:

  • Alyson Murphy -- Deputy Director for School Accountability, GVSU 
  • Matt Cawood -- School Consultant, GVSU

Description: Your board’s charter contract defines the roles, relationship and accountabilities between your school and GVSU. In this session, we will walk through the most important aspects of this document to cover the key pieces that every board member should know.

Register for Understanding your Charter Contract

Advanced Board Training – Navigating Challenging Meetings

Date: February 24, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters: 

  • Cheryl Edwards-Cannon -- School Consultant, GVSU
  • Teri Quimby -- School Consultant, GVSU

Description: Charter school board meetings are open to the public, including the media.  Everything said at a meeting has the possibility of being recorded, or repeated, in some fashion.  Thinking ahead of ways to handle situations which may arise is good planning and demonstrates good leadership skills.  Contentious issues may make it difficult to limit public comments and sensitive issues may not be easy to discuss.  Conflicts may also arise between board members.  Board meetings, though, need to progress in an efficient and effective manner, using rules of procedure and best practices.  Please join us for this Advanced Board Training session, where we will help you prepare to navigate challenging meetings.

Register for Navigating Challenging Meetings

New Board Member Orientation

Date: March 7, 2022

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters: 

  • Brooke Franklin -- School Consultant, GVSU
  • Teri Quimby -- School Consultant, GVSU

Description: Serving on a charter public school board is one of the most rewarding ways to give back to your community. Your service will not only impact the lives of the children who have chosen to enroll in your school, but also those of countless other adults—parents, teachers and staff, those living in the neighborhood, and more. In short, your work will impact a community. As a public official, you are also charged with the important responsibilities of ensuring that public funds are well stewarded your school operates with integrity, and academic excellence is always prioritized first. During the New Board Member Training you will learn the basics of good governance, where to find key information and get answers to any questions you may have about your new role. 

Register for the March 2022 New Board Member Orientation

School Budgeting and Finance: Asking the Right Questions

Date: April 26, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters: TBD

Description: As a charter school board member, one of your most important duties is ensuring your school is fiscally responsible and viable. This session will arm you with key questions you can ask in order to determine the fiscal health of your school.

Register for School Budgeting and Finance: Asking the Right Questions

New Board Member Orientation

Date: May 18, 2022

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters: 

  • Matt Cawood -- School Consultant, GVSU
  • Teri Quimby -- School Consultant, GVSU

Description: Serving on a charter public school board is one of the most rewarding ways to give back to your community. Your service will not only impact the lives of the children who have chosen to enroll in your school, but also those of countless other adults—parents, teachers and staff, those living in the neighborhood, and more. In short, your work will impact a community. As a public official, you are also charged with the important responsibilities of ensuring that public funds are well stewarded your school operates with integrity, and academic excellence is always prioritized first. During the New Board Member Training you will learn the basics of good governance, where to find key information and get answers to any questions you may have about your new role. 

Register for the May 2022 New Board Member Orientation

Leveraging the Board’s Unique Value as Part of Your School Success Strategy

Date: June 23, 2022

Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Presenters: 

  • Brooke Franklin -- School Consultant, GVSU
  • Michael Cousins -- Manager of Communications, GVSU

Description: The most useful and under-utilized asset in advancing the mission of the school are board members. Every board member brings a strong combination of passion and influence to his or her board service that — if leveraged — can powerfully accelerate the school’s success. Being an active advocate/ambassador for your school is a part of each board member’s fundamental role and responsibility. This workshop will strengthen the board's collective ability to elevate the school's visibility by leveraging board members’ personal influence and networks.

Register for Leveraging the Board’s Unique Value as Part of Your School Success Strategy