We are working alongside our colleagues in the GVSU College of Education and other university departments to offer webinars to assist educators as they continue to move teaching and learning forward while away from their classrooms. While some webinars may be suited for specific teachers, administrators, or support staff, all webinars are free to all educators. New webinars will be added as they become available. 

Please note that some school or district emails may have restrictions placed on them, not allowing you to join webinars. If you experience this issue, please register for the webinar with a personal email. 

Additionally, the webinars will work best for you if you attend the session via Google Chrome.

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Google Classroom 101

Learn the basics of Google Classroom and how you can immediately utilize it for virtual communication and instruction. This webinar will also cover how Google Classroom can help you connect to fellow staff members.

**You will need to use a personal Gmail for this webinar. School-issued emails will not allow you to navigate all the Google Classroom features that will be covered.**

Audience: All educators


  • Wednesday, April 1; 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Led by: 

  • Alissa Thelen, Instructional Leadership Specialist, GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • Jeff Maxwell, School Support Specialist, GVSU Charter Schools Office

Register for Google Classroom 101

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Diving Deep into Online Literacy Resources

Do you need online resources that are easy to navigate and allow your students to maintain and  expand critical literacy skills? Dive deeper into a single resource in order to better utilize the content found within the site. There will also be discussions around appropriate strategies for parents to utilize at home along with time for questions and suggestions.

Audience: K-5 educators

When: Each source-specific webinar is offered twice to meet your varied schedules;

  • BookNook webinar
    • Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    • Tuesday, March 31, 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

Led by:

  • Wendy Miller, Director of School Support, GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • Jill Weber, Reading Specialist, GVSU Charter Schools Office

Register for Diving Deep into Online Literacy Resources

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Going Virtual with School Counseling

With students attending classes virtually, the role of a counselor is important to support the students in preparing for the next steps in their academic careers. Students are also preparing to graduate and attend college this fall. To help school counselors support students virtually and talk about college admissions processes for high school seniors, GVSU's Dr. Barry Hall and V'Lecea Hunter invite you to a webinar on how to use virtual tools to accomplish your counseling goals.

This session will cover the following topics:

  • Career Awareness & Exploration
  • Mental Health
  • Parent outreach/supports
  • Understanding College Admissions during COVID-19

This session will also include resources and tools for communicating with students, details related to supporting high school seniors, and dialogue regarding what others have found successful in supporting students during these times.

What: Supporting students virtually and understanding the admissions process for current high school seniors

Audience: School counselors for grades 8-12

When: Thursday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Led by:

  • Dr. Barry Hall, Manager of Charter Through College Programs, GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • V'Lecea Hunter, Director, GVSU Enrollment Development Support Services

Register for Going Virtual with School Counseling


Board Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rapid and unprecedented change is occurring in public education in response to the current public health situation. How should the board of directors respond? 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 into a virtual setting, and advice and direction on the big items that boards should be considering as they lead during this difficult time.

Audience: Board members ** Participation in one session fulfills academic grant requirements **


  • Friday, April 3, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Led by:

  • Don Cooper, Deputy Director, GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • Matt Cawood, Ph.D., School Consultant, GVSU Charter Schools Office

Register for Board Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Strategic Board Leadership: Lessons learned from a private school success story

Setting the right direction for your school’s long-term success is one of the most important functions of a board of directors. This session will draw on lessons learned by the board of a private school in west Michigan that effectively led its school to both adapt to a more competitive environment and flourish. Participants will learn directly from that school’s board chair, who will share his 12-year experience leading a school board through strategic planning, implementation and the results of the board's efforts.

Audience: Board members ** Participation fulfills academic grant requirements **

When: Monday, April 20, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Led by:

  • Don Cooper, Deputy Director, GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • David VeneKlase, Executive Vice President for Organizational Development, Davenport University

Register for Strategic Board Leadership

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School Performance by the Numbers

Understanding your school’s academic results and the progress that your school is making toward its educational goals is a key responsibility of each board member. One report that helps board members in this understanding is the School Performance Report. This session will equip participants with a deeper understanding of this report and how it shows whether your school is headed in the right direction or the wrong direction. It will also help participants access other data sources that may be helpful in establishing goals to help your school grow

Audience: Board members ** Participation fulfills academic grant requirements **

When: Wednesday, April 22, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Led by:

  • Ram Ravikumar, Manager of Data Analytics, GVSU Charter Schools Office
  • Matt Cawood, Ph.D., School Consultant, GVSU Charter Schools Office

Register for School Performance by the Numbers