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 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. *