E-News Winter 2011






Message from the Director

Dear Colleagues,

In this edition of the GVSU Charter Schools Office newsletter you will notice that we are now offering the   Pre-ACT Tests, the EXPLORE and PLAN, to students within our portfolio of schools. Both tests measure how a student will perform on the college entrance exam, the ACT Test.  More importantly, both tests provide students with a career aptitude measure. 

Upon completion of the test, students' performance will map them on the ACT World-of-Work Map (WWM).  This map is a vocational interest inventory that provides students with an indication of where their strengths and interests are situated on the WWM.  There are six broad interest categories that include the following: Science and Technology, Arts, Social Services, Administrative, Business Operation, and Technical. 

Typically, the EXPLORE test is given in grade 7 or 8 and the PLAN is administered in grade 9 or 10. Many believe the earlier the test is given, the more students and staff can use the data in the classroom. 

Once an interest area has been identified, teachers develop assignments and projects that foster a connection to their WWM interest and aptitude region.  John Holland, the predominant researcher in the field, reports, "once there is student interest in a specific area, there is motivation, where there is motivation, achievement will occur."

It is our hope that staff and students will find these pre-college assessments helpful to the pursuit of improved teaching and learning.



Timothy H. Wood, Ph.D.                                                                 Special Assistant to the President for Charter Schools

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The GVSU Charter Schools Office will now cover the cost for your students to take the Pre ACT tests, the EXPLORE and PLAN.  Please submit an invoice for reimbursement with proof of payment. The invoice can be found at:


Click on Continued Education

Under Resources, click on "Invoice - Charter Academy"

Contact Sarah Pepper with any questions. 

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Professional Development Workshops

The Charter Schools Office continues to offer numerous professional development opportunities to give teachers additional tools for educating their students. Below are a few of the workshops that we will be offered beginning in February.  

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • I've Got Reading Data, Now What?
  • Five Essential Components of Reading
  • Math RtI
  • Classroom Management
  • NWEA MAP Training
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Writing
  • Reading Intervention Training (Grades K, 1-3, 4-8)
  • Becoming a Leader in the Classroom and School
  • Curriculum Crafter
  • Tiered Assignments 
  • Guided Reading & Centers/Instructional Stations
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Photo Contest

The photo contest is back!  Your school recently received an envelope with photo contest rules and photo release forms.  If you would like more forms emailed to you, please contact Amirah Vosburgh.

The deadline to submit photos is February 1, 2012.  

1st Place: $500

2nd Place:  $250

3rd Place: $100 

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Become AdvancEd Accredited, on GVSU CSO

AdvancEd Accreditation is the process that yields the greatest continuing return for institutions. When approached properly, the internal   self-assessment an institution conducts against a set of research-based quality standards can produce a wealth of galvanizing insights. GVSU CSO will pay for our charter schools to become accredited with the AdvancED Accreditation. For information on how your school           can become accredited, please call the GVSU Charter Schools Office at (616) 331-2240.

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Master's of Education Reimbursement

Don't forget that the GVSU Charter Schools Office offers financial support for teachers and administrators employed within our portfolio of schools who wish to participate in select GVSU Master of Education programs. The five Master's degrees are:

  • Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum with an Emphasis in Educational Differentiation
  • Master of Education in Leadership with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership
  • Master of Education in Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education Administration

A student may request 50% tuition reimbursement after satisfactory completion of required program courses. Please note that elective courses, books, or additional fees incurred are not reimbursable by the CSO. Click here for additional information. 

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Introducing Sarah Pepper

Sarah brings 11 years of experience at Grand Valley State University to the Charter Schools Office as the new Charter Schools Office Assistant. She is also a 2008 Alumni of GVSU, with a degree in Psychology.  As Charter Schools Assistant, she works with the Project Coordinator and manages the office.  In her free time Sarah enjoys cooking for friends and family, traveling and keeping active.

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Introducing Ram Ravikumar

As the Data Analyst, Ram provides day-to-day data management and analytical support in the GVSU Charter Schools Office.  He completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from Anna University, Chennai, India in 2008 and then graduated in 2011 with his Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems from The University of Michigan-Flint.  In his free time, Ram enjoys playing cricket, traveling and camping whenever he gets a chance.

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