E-News Fall 2012

Message from the Director


We view the academies we authorize as our partners, and as our partners we provide opportunities for them to improve the practice of teaching. We create these learning opportunities for our partner schools, as we are evaluated based on their academic performance. Subsequently, we view assisting the schools we authorize as an important component of our work.

At Grand Valley State University we offer professional development in fourteen instructional areas during all four semesters of an academic year. We provide a 50% tuition reimbursement to our member schools faculty to pursue a Masters degree from GVSU. Additionally, we partnered with Education Trust of Washington DC to form a Learning Network with our 51 partner schools. The Learning Network is designed to improve the practice of teaching and learning.

We also provide our partner schools with opportunities to have reading specialists, instructional data experts, instructional technology consultant, and classroom management specialist go into the schools to assist with the teaching process. These advisors establish programs to help students in the learning progression.

It makes perfect sense to us that if we are evaluated by the academic performance of our member schools, then we should provide opportunities for them to improve their practice.  We are continually seeking ways to assist the academies we authorize, as their improved performance translates to improved student academic success.


Timothy H. Wood, Ph.D.



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We have a new website!

The GVSU Charter Schools Office has just launched its new website, www.gvsu.edu/cso.  The website has a new look and feel but you will still be able to find everything you need from listings of our professional development events, access to the new board portal, to the latest news information about our portfolio of schools.  Check it out!

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Professional Development

This summer, we have pulled together the most sought after workshops for your professional development.  These workshops are free to charter schools authorized by GVSU.  Lunch or dinner is included in the registration and SB-CEUs will be available for most August workshops.  We have changed our policy and now the CSO will pay directly for the SB-CEUs.  Click HERE to view and register for a workshop.  

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Art Prize Education Days

ArtPrize is an international art competition and social experiment where anyone can be an artist, any space can be a venue, and everyone has a voice.  In 2011, artisits from 39 countries participated in ArtPrize. 

GVSU ArtPrize Education Days provides the following for GVSU charter schools:

  • Educational Art Programming at GVSU Devos Campus downtown
  • Lunch for students, teachers, and chaperones
  • Art Prize T-shirt
  • Up to $1000/bus reimbursement per school
  • Art Prize teacher packet to be delivered approximately one week before trip

Dates for ArtPrize Education Days 2012 are:

Grades K-5   -    Thursday, October 4, 2012

                           Friday, October 5, 2012


Grades 6-12  -   Thursday, September 20, 2012

                           Friday, September 21, 2012

All reservations for ArtPrize days have been filled, but if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please fill out the online form.  


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Campus Visits

Starting in the fall of 2012, the CSO will sponsor GVSU charter schools to visit the GVSU Allendale Campus. Included in the sponsorships are:

  • Tour of Campus
  • Admissions Presentation
  • Lunch
  • Up to $1000 bus reimbursement

Eleventh graders are invited in the fall and eighth graders in the spring.  There is no deadline to register your class; however, because we can accomodate only a certain number of students, we will take groups on a first come, first served basis.  To apply for a sponsored campus visit, click HERE and fill out the form.  

Campus visits for the fall are filling up quickly, so apply soon to get a spot!

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M.Ed. Tuition Reimbursement

We have updated our tuition reimbursement invoice. Please click HERE to be directed to the new form.  

Also, the GVSU CSO is now sponsoring a sixth MED program, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education - ZS.  Contact the College of Education for more information and the Admissions Department to apply to the program.



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NWEA Updates

The newest version of the Network Test Environment (NTE) Admin 2 software fully replaces the Test Administration Application (TAA). You may download NTE Admin 2 and discontinue your use of TAA today.  NWEA will discontinue support of TAA starting July 16, 2012.  Download NTE Admin 2 now.

An improved version of TestTaker is being offered to all partners to support the release of updated NWEA test packages on July 16. The upgrade to TestTaker 8.0 is mandatory for all partners.

In the meantime, please mark your calendar for these TestTaker 8.0 upgrade dates: PC version begins July 9, Intel Mac Version begins July 9, and PowerPC version’s upgrade is TBD.

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Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI)

The GVSU Charter Schoosl Office has partnered with Nora Chahbazi and Evidence Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) to help students reach their highest potential in reading.  We recognize the critical role that literacy plays in a student’s education both now and in the future.

William C. Abney Academy Elementary & Middle Echool along with Washington-Parks Academy, University Preparatory Academy Middle School, Mark Murray Elementary and Ellen Thompson Elementary are all participating in our first training sessions with EBLI in August.  Teachers will learn specific strategies to help children with phonetic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and spelling.  Our goal is to train teachers to teach reading effectively in order to build a solid reading foundation.  A solid reading foundation is critical to ensuring that all children succeed both in and out of school.

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”
- Margaret Fuller

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