Learning Network

The Learning Network is a continuous school improvement series that unites building leaders from each GVSU-authorized charter school as they work together to solve common problems in education. The Learning Network has been a staple of the GVSU CSO's professional education offerings for the past eight years. It is led by Dr. Richard Lemons, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Center for School Change.


2019-2020 Learning Network

The 2019-2020 GVSU Learning Network will address the following four high-leverage improvement areas:

  1. Staff Culture
  2. Student Culture
  3. Data-driven Instruction in Math and Literacy
  4. Observation and Feedback

To tackle these focus areas, participants will study innovation that have fueled school improvement. Participants will work together to uncover what innovations have been most effective, what big problems still require innovation, and what ideas or technologies can be adopted from other fields to benefit students.

New This Year

To accomplish the goals related to the high-leverage improvement areas, the Learning Network will now include:

  • An ongoing professional learning community (PLC) will study leading practices related to each improvement area and use findings to support school improvement cycles and promote accountability

  • Video conference consultations with Richard Lemons to discuss school/team issues

  • Closer involvement of GVSU CSO School Support Team to advise schools or PLC groups during and between meetings


Location and Dates

Throughout the school year there will be four full-day sessions where participants will meet in person. Each in-person session will run from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Detroit sessions (GVSU Detroit Center)

  • September 24, 2019
  • November 18, 2019
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 27, 2020

Grand Rapids sessions (GVSU Bicycle Factory)

  • September 23, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • April 20, 2020
  • May 28, 2020

Registration and Contact

Schools looking to participate in the 2019-2020 Learning Network can sign-up by completing the Learning Network Google Form. Each person from a school's leadership must be registered separately; schools cannot register multiple people at once. 

If you have questions regarding the Learning Network, please contact the GVSU Charter Schools main office at gvsucso@gvsu.edu or 616-331-2240