March 2017
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
Executive Director's Corner
Dear MANS Member, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends:

As spring break approaches and the end of the school year is in sight, remember that this is the time to begin talking with your public schools about equitable services for the 2017-18 school year. With the changes made in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it is critical that timely consultation takes place. 

For those who attended Public Policy Day last week, Fred Williams gave a presentation related to all the changes through ESSA, including Title 1 A, Title II A, and Title IV. If you were unable to attend this year's Public Policy Day or would like additional information, there are some free webinars that explain these changes as well as explain the process of effective consultation. The information for these free webinars can be found in the professional development section of the MANS notes.

If there are any questions or concerns that may arise during the consulting process, please contact MANS.

MANS Executive Director 
Save the Date
GO BOLDLY: MANS 2017 Administrators' Conference
October 11-13, 2017 - Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island
Upcoming Events
Nominations for the 2017 Zwers Award
Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Zwers Award. Three of these awards are presented at the Administrators' Conference to honor the memory of Fr. John  B. Zwers, a founding member of the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools. A Pastor from each of our constituency groups, Catholic, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Christian Schools International, will be honored for their dedication to faith-based education. 

Please submit a one page letter on your school's letterhead explaining why this person should be considered and the contact information for the nominee. Nominations can be sent by email to Shelley Long or mailed to:

Fr. John B. Zwers Award
510 S. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
Nominations are being accepted through May 31, 2017. For more information, click here.
Engaging Philanthropy: Summer Institute - June 15-16, 2017 - Lansing
Thank you to all who participated in Engaging Philanthropy - The Webinar. 

The next opportunity in this series will be Engaging Philanthropy - The Summer Seminar on June 15 and 16 in Lansing, Michigan. We will cover topics important to fund development including:
  • Organizational fundraising models
  • What does campaign theory tell us about fundraising?
  • Developing strong board and volunteers
  • Alumni relations and its role in philanthropy
  • Annual giving programs.
To learn more and to register, click here.
MANS Summer Intern Opportunity 
MANS is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Student Intern Position. The intern will work at our Lansing location and provide support to the MANS staff. Responsibilities will include:
  • Assisting the Executive Director with legislative issues
  • Working with the Director of Constituency Services on related Michigan Non-public School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) projects 
  • Working with the Program Associate on communications and business partner engagement 
  • Assisting the Administrative Assistant with event preparation. 
For more information, click  here .
Michigan Non-public School Accrediting Association is seeking peer reviewers for the 2016-2 017 MNSAA Annual Reports. Reviewers will join us in Lansing on July 10-22, 2017 to read a nd discus s a selection of annual reports from MNSAA schools from across the state. T his is excellent preparation for schools preparing for a visit and for those interested in serving on future visit  teams.
Ideal participants include school administrators and those with leadership roles in schools. Meals, SCECHs, any necessary lodging, and a stipend will be provided for participants.
Please complete this brief survey to indicate your interest. For more information, please contact Angelia Salas at We look forward to hosting you in July!

State and Federal News
State News
Building Healthy Communities 
Building Healthy Communities is currently accepting applications for two programs aimed to support healthy eating and physical activity. 

The Elementary School Program targets schools who promote a healthy life style for students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. The application deadline is March 29, 2017. For the application, click  here

The Middle School Program targets schools who promote a healthy life style for students in 6th - 8th grade. The application deadline is April 14, 2017. For the application, click here

For more information on both of these programs, click here.  
Federal News
Teach to Lead
The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a Teach to Lead Summit in Columbus, Ohio, May 5-7, 2017. The Summit brings teachers, leaders, and other stakeholders together to collaborate, problem solve, and develop action plans to benefit students and schools. 

In order to participate in the Summit, schools must submit their team's teacher leadership ideas by March 30, 2017. Each team must contain one active teacher and total of 2-5 members. If your application is selected, recipients receive free registration, hotel accommodations if traveling longer than 50 miles, and some meals. 

For more information and to submit an idea, click here
Fund Development Opportunities
For Our Schools Grant Opportunity - The MEEMIC Foundation  
The Meemic Foundation and Office Depot/Office Max are offering an opportunity to give up to $500 for supplies to a school in need. Nominations are due by May 1, 2017. 

For more information on this grant and to nominate a school, click  here
Professional Development Opportunities
Free Equitable Services Consultation Webinars
Michelle Doyle Educational Consulting (MDEC) is hosting a number of free webinars related to equitable services consultations with public schools for the 2017-2018 school year. The following are her upcoming webinars:
  • March 28 - Effective Consultation Under ESSA: Ready, Set, Go!
  • April 11 - Changes in ESSA: It's a Brave New World!
  • April 25 - Title I Under ESSA: No One Left Behind!
  • May 2 - Pt. 1: Title IIA; Pt. 2:Title IVA
For more information email Michelle Doyle
Community Conversation on Bullying - March 25, 2017 - Auburn Hills, Michigan
The Meemic Foundation is hosting a community conversation on bullying. This opportunity allows schools to come together to discuss what is and isn't working in the classroom to create a safe learning environment for all. Registration is free for Meemic Foundation club members and $5.00 for non-members. For more information  and to register, click  here
Meemic Foundation Stand4Change Day - May 5, 2016
On May 5, 2017 at Noon EST, students and teachers from all over the world will take a stand against bullying. Defeat The Label is a Michigan based non-profit who works to empower students to put an end to bullying. Defeat The Label along with Meemic Foundation is asking schools to participate in this worldwide event. Schools can even have a chance to win prizes. For more information and to register your school, click  here
Great Lakes Homeland Security Training - May 10, 2017 - Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Great Lakes Homeland Security Training will include one day focused on school safety. The School Track will offer a number of workshops geared towards improving school safety. The School Track training qualifies for six State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) and is free to to the first 300 educators. For more information and to register, click  here