E-News Summer 2012





Message from the Director


This summer, the GVSU Charter Schools Office is offering an exciting array of professional development activities to the faculty within our portfolio of schools. As we have for the past two summers, we are once again partnering with Education Trust’s Richard Lemons to facilitate our Learning Network of Charter Schools.

This summer, the Learning Network will view effective leadership development programs that support leadership teams to improve overall school achievement and to close achievement gaps through targeted improvement of learning and teaching.

We encourage the return of 2010-2012 participant and anticipate the addition of up to nine new schools for 2012-2013.

Each GVSU Charter School that participates in the Learning Network fulfills part of their academic grant requirements.  We are asking that leadership teams attend in groups of three to five people for maximum results.

Richard will work with teams in Grand Rapids on August 7-8, and in Detroit on August 9-10.  Both workshops will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Additionally, in August we are offering a full month of professional development workshops.  Returning workshops include Guided Reading, DIBELS Training, Writing, Five-Minute Math Interventions, and NWEA Training.  

Lissa Brunan, Assessment Specialist with the GVSU Charter Schools Office, will host a summer roundtable discussion where participants can share best practices and participate in an open discussion on how to create the best NWEA experience for your students and staff.  This roundtable is for proctors and coordinators of the NWEA MAP Test.

And lastly, Mark Thomas, principal at Northview High School, offers a one day workshop where participants will move through the process of using EPAS data for school improvement.  To maximize the experience, participants should bring their school’s Explore and Plan summary reports for each subject along with a copy of the corresponding Explore/Plan test booklets from this year’s testing cycle, as this data will be used during activities.

We hope our GVSU Charter School teachers and staff will take full advantage of these summer professional development activities, which are offered at no cost to schools in the GVSU portfolio of schools. 

Enjoy your time off and we hope to see you at some of our events later in the summer.


Timothy H. Wood, Ph.D.


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GVSU Authorizer Workshop

Driving Student Performance through Compliance and Oversight

The GVSU Charter Schools Office will host its first conference on Sunday, August 5 to Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at the GVSU Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. This highly interactive workshop focuses on the growing practice of charter school authorizing.  Participants will gain valuable practice based skills and strategies to hone thier organization's authorizing practices and develop and improve their portfolio of schools.

This workshop targets current and future charter school authorizing leaders and staff memebers. The cost to attend is $375 and includes all sessions and meals.

Click HERE to be directed to the website for more information and to register.  

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Summer 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

If you know you would like your classroom to participate, please submit your information as soon as possible. 

We will only be able to accommodate a set number of students, so reservations will be pulled on a first come, first served basis.


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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.  

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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 for the program.



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Golf Outing

Celebrate a school year well done with a fun day on the rolling hills of a couple of Michigan’s nicest golf courses.  Each GVSU Charter School is encouraged to bring two teams consisting of board members and administrators.  Please invite your teachers if you need additional players to complete your foursomes.  

WEST:  Wednesday, June 27

EAST:  Friday, June 29

REGISTER by May 31

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Schools of Excellence

Congratulations to our six Michigan Department of Education Schools of Excellence this year.  You have much to be proud of!

 1.  Detroit Premier Academy

 2.  Knapp Charter Academy

 3.  Metro Charter Academy

 4.  Vanguard Charter Academy

 5.  Walker Charter Academy

 6.  William C. Abney Academy

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National Charter Schools Conference

The National Charter Schools Conference, "Proving the Possibilities" takes place in Minneapolis this year on June 19-22.  Minneapolis is the birthplace of the charter school movement and the conference is celebrating 20 years of innovation.  Bill Cosby and Deborah Kenny are keynote speakers!

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Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Excel Charter Academy for submitting the winning photo to our photo contest.  Excel won $500 for their first place entry.  

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