We are working alongside our colleagues in the GVSU College of Education and across the state 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. At the bottom of the page you will also find links to recordings for previously held webinars.

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Upcoming Single-Session Webinars

You can now see webinars by viewing opportunities in the Webinar Schedule module. This new feature allows you to search for specific webinars, review the schedule in a list view or calendar view, and add webinars directly into your calendar. Before diving into our webinar schedule, we recommend you watch our brief Webinar Schedule walk-through video so you can learn how to navigate it best.

Single-Session Webinar Schedule

Google Sites Leveled Up: Better Buttons and Advanced Features

October 6, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Are you ready to level up* your Google Site? Join Alissa and Jeff as they feature some advanced design functions and ideas to customize your Google Site. *This is session 2/2 of the Google Sites...

Accelerating Learning: An Asset-Based Approach to Moving Students Ahead

October 13, 2020 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Public schools have long faced the challenge of working with students with a wide range of academic performance.  COVID-19 made this even more challenging, widening the range of knowledge and...

Would I Know If I Saw It?: Indicators of Equitable Classrooms in Action

November 10, 2020 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Improving teaching and learning across an entire organization requires a shared vocabulary and common vision for what constitutes high quality classrooms. The third of six in the series, this...

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Upcoming Multi-Session Webinars

Some of the webinars we offer are part of a small series, where participants are asked to attend 2-3 sessions to get all the information. Below are the webinar series that are coming up soon. To learn more about a series and register, click on its drop-down menu. You only need to register once to be added to the series attendee list.

Multi-Session Webinars

Help bring the power of inquiry learning into math instruction! In this three session series*, teachers will have an opportunity to see the world through their students’ eyes by learning brand new math content. As they move from concrete, hands-on experiences to abstract understanding, teachers will gain a deeper appreciation for how powerful mathematics instruction can be when it’s fueled by curiosity and deep conceptual understanding. Participants will also explore how to create a rich learning environment, how inquiry math integrates with the Common Core State Standards, and how to implement specific strategies to become the world’s most incredible math teachers!

Session Schedule:

  • October 15, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • October 22, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • October 29, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 7 at 12:00 p.m.

Audience: K-8 educators

Facilitator Information: 

Ben Talsma, Learning Solutions Specialist at Van Andel Institute, has taught students in every grade from kindergarten through sixth grade and was honored as a Teacher of the Year semifinalist in 2018. Additionally, he coached middle school and high school Cross Country and Track and Field and was selected as one of the nation’s 25 Most Inspiring Coaches in 2012. He believes strongly in the power of collaboration, and has extensive experience facilitating opportunities to help teachers spread their best ideas.

Jamie MacPherson, Learning Solutions Specialist at Van Andel Institute, is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher with 13 years of experience teaching in the elementary classroom. Prior to joining VAEI, Jamie taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and fourth grade. Inspired by how inquiry-based instruction transformed her teaching, Jamie was eager to obtain a position at VAEI and be a part of the development and delivery of project-based learning to other teachers across the country.

SCECHs: 6 SCECHs are available for this series. 


Series Description: This five-session webinar series will focus on the following Marzano’s High-Yield Instructional Strategies for increasing student achievement: (1) Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback (2) Identifying Similarities and Differences (3) Summarizing and Note-taking (4) Nonlinguistic Representations and (5) Cooperative Learning as well as the Council for Exceptional Children’s High-Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms to improve student outcomes: (1) Using Feedback to Improve Student Outcomes (2) Using Strategies to Promote Active Student Engagement and (3) Using Flexible Grouping. This series is designed to assist special educators with implementing these strategies and practices in their virtual classrooms and collaborating with their peers around successes and barriers.

Audience: K-12 Special Education teachers/providers

Series Session Schedule:

  • November 12, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • November 17, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • December 1, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • December 10, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • December 15, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Progress Monitoring in the Virtual Setting: How to Set Objectives and Provide Feedback to Improve Student Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be be familiar with different means for progress monitoring in a virtual setting. Participants will also understand how to set objectives and use feedback to improve student outcomes.

"We've Worked on this for WEEKS!' Maintaining and Generalizing Learning and Identifying Similarities and Differences in a Virtual Setting: By the end of this session, participants will be able to use strategies for identifying similarities and differences and summarizing and note-taking in their virtual classroom.

"Make a Picture or Movie in Your Brain": Using Non-Linguistic Representation to Promote Active Student Engagement in a Virtual Setting: By the end of this session, participants will be able to understand how using non-linguistic representations such as graphic representations, models, mental pictures, drawings, etc. can promote active student engagement.

 "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work": Cooperative Learning and Flexible Grouping in a Virtual Setting: By the end of this session, participants will be able to understand how cooperative learning, an organized and structured way to use small groups to enhance student learning and independence, and flexible grouping can lead to a gain in student outcomes.

"That’s a Wrap": Implementation Successes and Barriers in a Virtual Setting: By the end of this session/series, participants will have a better understanding of Marzano’s nine high-yield instructional strategies, a better understanding of the CEC's High-Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms, be able to implement these strategies and practices in their classroom, and be able to collaborate with their peers.

Facilitator Information: Nicole Tuinstra is the Special Education and Curriculum Coordinator for Choice Schools Associates, a charter school management company that services 15 schools throughout the state of Michigan. Nicole completed her Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities and Cognitive Impairments from Grand Valley State University in December 2017, and was a special education teacher at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science for 6 years before assuming her current position. Nicole has always had a passion for helping other teachers and she received her Teacher Consultant License in LD in 2018. Her hope is to help students in special education by helping their teachers better their craft.

SCECH Note: Up to 5 SCECHs can be earned during the series, one for each session you complete. Details about earning SCECHs will be available in your registration confirmation email.