2023-2024 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 GVSU CSO Academic Grant.

Session dates and times may be subject to change.

Session Schedule

New Board Member Orientation (March)

Date: March 7, 2024

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

Presenters: GVSU CSO staff

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 New Board Member Orientation (March)

Understanding Your Charter Contract

Date: March 25, 2024

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


  • GVSU CSO staff

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

School Budgeting and Finance: Asking the Right Questions

Date: April 29, 2024

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


  • Matt Cawood -- School Consultant, GVSU
  • Patrick Sweeney -- Partner at Croskey Lanni, PC

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

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