Cohort learning opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year are currently only available to staff members working at GVSU-authorized charter schools. Each cohort is focused on a specific learning topic, and designed to meet multiple times throughout the year. Cohorts provide an excellent learning opportunity to build connections with your GVSU colleagues and develop expertise in instructional strategies. Cohort offerings are updated throughout the year, and attendance is expected for all sessions.

New Teacher Cohort

The New Teacher Cohort brings new K-12 teachers together to discuss issues that arise during their first year of teaching. Participants will engage in leadership activities, group and individual coaching, and receive targeted support. The goal is to allow first year teachers to thrive (rather than simply survive), so they can deliver a quality education to all of their students.

The cohort will meet 8-10 times from September to May, approximately once per month. Sessions will be conducted through a blend of face-to-face meetings and web conferencing.

Cohort leadersElliot Avis, Jeff Maxwell, Alissa Thelen

Contact a cohort leader to learn more!

Alissa Thelen with four members of the 2018 New Teacher Cohort

Alissa Thelen (far left) with members of the 2018 New Teacher Cohort

Comprehensive Literacy Cohort

The Comprehensive Literacy Cohort is an opportunity for educators to strengthen their 120 minute literacy block by focusing on the foundations of reading, guided reading, and comprehension.

The cohort will meet four times between October and May, approximately once every two months. Sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and will be offered in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Cohort leaders: Wendy Miller and Jill Weber

Contact a cohort leader to learn more or register now!

CSO member Wendy Miller leads a workshop

Wendy Miller

Leverage Leadership Cohort

The Leverage Leadership Cohort is designed to help school leaders improve their capacity for leadership as well as instill strong leadership tendencies among their school staff.

This cohort is scheduled to meet once each month from October through May. Sessions will be conducted through a blend of face-to-face meetings and web conferencing.

Cohort leader: Jeff Maxwell

Contact Jeff to learn more or register now!

CSO member Jeff Maxwell leading a workshop

Jeff Maxwell

Google Level 1 Educator Certification

Does your school use G-Suite for Education? Do you want to elevate your lessons to be more collaborative, engaging, and technology-integrated through the power of the google tools and their capabilities? If you’re simply interested in learning more or if you’ve actually considered becoming a Google Level 1 Certified Educator, here’s your opportunity to walk alongside fellow educators through all the basics of G-Suite for Education. Learn and grow through this seven month online experience where you are coached through the Google Modules as well as given practice questions and scenarios to help you prepare to take the OPTIONAL Level 1 Google Certified Educator exam at the end of the experience. Integrate your new ideas directly into the classroom throughout the process. Complete all 13 units and corresponding hands-on challenges and earn a 50% code for your Level 1 Exam, Certificate of Completion, and SCECHs!  (Note: This is not an introductory course. You should have previous knowledge of common G-Suite tools)

This cohort is scheduled to meet virtually from October to April.

Cohort leader: Lissa Brunan

Contact Lissa to learn more or register now!

Lissa Brunan teaching

Lissa Brunan


The Bal-A-Vis-X cohort studies exercises related to balance, visual and auditory engagement, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Using sand-filled bags and racquetballs, these exercises address visual tracking deficiency, auditory imprecision, impulsivity, balance and anxiety issues. Participants of this cohort will learn how to support struggling students and student dealing with trauma through body-brain integration.

This cohort is scheduled to meet three times during November. Sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and will be offered in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Cohort leader: Jacque Groenendyk

Contact Jacque to learn more or register now for the Detroit cohort or Grand Rapids cohort!

educators bouncing racquetballs during Bal-A-Vis-X training

Bal-A-Vis-X training


Please contact GVSU Charter Schools Office with any questions at 616-331-2240.