Special Education Support and Resources

GVSU values an inclusive environment where all children are embraced and supported in their school environment. Toward that end, the GVSU CSO offers a variety of support and resources to help charter schools, including:

  • Special education consultation
  • Comprehensive special education program review
  • Access to state, federal and national resources

If you can't find information you seek or have more questions about special education, please contact Cindy Shinsky (shinskyc@gvsu.edu). 

Cindy assists GVSU-authorized charter public schools with issues related to special education. Prior to joining the GVSU CSO, Cindy served as the Director of Special Education for National Heritage Academies, Assistant Superintendent at two ISDs, Director of Special Education at two local districts, and a special education teacher.

Cindy Shinsky

Cindy Shinsky, Ed.S.


Resource Bank

State, federal and national resources are identified below to assist you with gaining an understanding of your legal obligations for identifying and providing a free appropriate public education within the least restrictive environment for children identified or suspected of having a disability under state and federal law. Additional resources are provided for ease of access and to support compliance with other key laws impacting schools and/or preserving the rights of individual with disabilities. 

Michigan Resources


Michigan Department of Education

MDE Curriculum Content Resources

MDE Special Education Resources

MDE State Data Resources

Other MDE/ISD Resources



National/Federal Resources





Inclusive Schools Resources

Inclusive Schools Network 

Additional Resources for Individuals