Virtual Board Training Series

Starting in January 2021, the GVSU CSO will hold monthly training opportunities for the board members governing GVSU's charter public schools. The calendar of training topics was created as a result of input from the Board President’s Advisory Committee.

You may use the registration form at the bottom of the page to register for one session or multiple sessions. All training sessions count toward the school board continuous learning requirements associated with the academic grant. 


Session Schedule

Board Leadership and the Extended COVID-19 Learning Plans

Date: January 27, 2021

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

Presenters: Matt Cawood and Don Cooper

Description: Rapid and unprecedented change has occurred in public education in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. How should the board of directors be leading their schools? Grounded in Grand Valley’s values and good governance practices, this session will provide an overview of the current educational landscape, including the major questions that policymakers are working on that will affect your school. Participants will also receive practical advice on how to adapt their meeting practices including the board’s very important role in decisions of how learning will occur under their school’s Extended COVID-19 Learning Plans (ECLP), as well as the requirement to re-certify this each month. A sample template of information boards should be taking into consideration when re-certifying will be shared and discussed. The template includes parent input, 2-way interaction rates between teachers and students and public health conditions.

Registration Deadline: January 26 at 5:00 p.m.

Board Governance: Succession Planning and Recruitment

Date: February 10, 2021

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

Presenters: Rajeshri Bhatia and Brooke Franklin

Description: This session will focus on helping boards plan for transitions in board membership and help to lay a foundation for board recruitment by exploring the necessary skills and mindsets needed for success. Participants will engage in discussion about their current board, assessing their skills and participating in an activity designed to help the group discover the way they approach their work and their individual and collective mindsets. The group will profile ideal board members and discuss recruitment strategies and a process to fill their open board seats with members who add value and complement the existing group.

Registration Deadline: February 9 at 5:00 p.m.

New Board Member Orientation

Date: March 10, 2021

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

Presenters: Matt Cawood and Brooke Franklin

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. 

Registration Deadline: March 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Board Governance: Evaluating Student Achievement During COVID-19

Date: April 142021

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

Presenters: Matt Cawood and Alissa Thelen

Description: More than ever, schools will need to better understand individual student learning needs due to lost instructional time and missing summative assessment data due to COVID-19. Join this webinar to discuss specific findings from NWEA’s research, how to understand the data at a board level, and what we should prepare for as we move forward. We will also cover school performance overall and state assessment information that may or may not influence system wide planning and resources.

Registration Deadline: April 13 at 5:00 p.m.

 

New Board Member Orientation

Date: May 3, 2021

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Presenters: Matt Cawood and Brooke Franklin

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. 

Registration Deadline: May 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Principles of Good Board Governance: Fiscal Sustainability

Date: June 10, 2021

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

Presenters: Matt Cawood and Brooke Franklin

Description: As a charter school Board member, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure fiscal sustainability for your school. In this webinar, you will learn the importance of the basic tools you will be using including enrollment, budgeting, financial statements and the annual audit. In addition, we will share with you how GVSU looks at and monitors fiscal sustainability. We will also arm you with key questions you can ask at your Board meetings to ensure you know where your school stands financially.

Registration Deadline: June 9 at 5:00 p.m.


Registration Form

To register for one or more board training sessions, please complete the form below.

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Which training session(s) would you like to attend? Please select all that apply. *