August 2019 MANS Notes
Executive Corner
Dear MANS Member Schools, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends


P roverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Welcome back! As another school year begins, you present a time full of opportunities for the children and families you serve to grow spiritually, academically, and socially in a nurturing and academically challenging environment. We hope that your summer months were filled with relaxation and some time to recharge for the ’19-20 school year. 

There is still time to join us for the MANS Administrators’ Conference on October 16-18, 2019. This is a wonderful time to connect with colleagues from all over the state and be reminded of the Christ-centered mission of our schools. This promises to be an exceptional professional development opportunity as we come together to celebrate and learn as educators in Christ.

In partnership with the Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC), MANS has another wonderful professional development calendar for the coming year. While details are still being finalized, most of the opportunities are outlined in the professional development section of MANS Notes.

Some key dates to note are our Public Policy Day on March 12, 2020, School Law Seminar on June 25, 2020 and Creating Pathways on July 31, 2020 all in Lansing. Also, save the date for th e One Michigan One Mission Conference on October 15-16, 2020 in Lansing, which is a partnership of the MANS Education Conference and Expo and the Michigan District, LCMS Professional Church Workers Conference.


Many blessings on the start of your school year. 
 

Blessings,
MANS Executive Director
Advocacy
Federal News
New Data on Public and Private K–12 Schools in the U.S. from the National Teacher and Principal Survey
The National Center for Education Statistics released a new report, " Characteristics of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States: Results From the 2017–18 National Teacher and Principal Survey First Look ". The report introduces new information about public and private K–12 schools.

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Application
Want to be recognized nationally among schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions that are achieving sustainability gains encompassing facilities and grounds, health and wellness, and environmental literacy? Apply to be a part of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools this fall.

State News
Emergency Operations Plans
Pursuant to PA 436 of 2018 requires that by January 1, 2020, a school district, intermediate school district (ISD), or public school academy shall develop an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) or review an existing plan. While MANS members are not required by law to have an EOP, it is best practice and required when applying for a Michigan State Police Safety Grant.

Educator Effectiveness Ratings Data Appeals Information
The appeals window to correct educator effectiveness ratings will be open from September 1 to December 2, 2019.  It is important to ensure that educators have accurate data considered in their certification process.  

Mandated Reporter Requirements Updated
A clarification has been made to a MDE memo from July: "The Child Protection Law requires mandated reporters who have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect to make an immediate oral report to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) – Centralized Intake (855-444-3911), followed by a written report within 72 hours OR create a report through the Michigan Online Reporting System (MORS). A written report is not required if MORS was utilized to address the alleged abuse/neglect."

Great American Smoke Out Bulletin Board Kits
In recognition of the Great American Smoke Out on November 21, 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Safe Sleep Program is distributing bulletin board kits to increase client education and awareness of the impact of smoking on safe sleep as well as increase knowledge of the benefits of keeping babies in a smoke-free environment.

Constitution Day Certification
Public Law 108-447 requires all educational institutions receiving federal funds to hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17, 2019, for the students served by the educational institution. All certifications are due September 20, 2019.

OK2SAY Contact Information
Both public and nonpublic schools must provide the Michigan State Police with at least one school official's emergency contact information twice a year, ideally by June 1st and September 1st. If you have not done so already, please provide the emergency contact information for your school on the OK2SAY website under Register School Contacts .

School Nutrition Programs (SNP) 2020 Application Available
The MEGS+ website for completing the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) 2020 application is now open and accessible at MEGS+ . For those participating, the 2020 renewal application must be completed online by September 1, 2019.

Professional Development
MANS Events
Gather with more than 200 Christian school educational leaders and spend two days with Learning Forward exploring strategies school leaders use for becoming advocates for their own learning, building communities of learners in a cycle of continuous improvement, giving precise feedback, and distributing leadership. The 2019 Administrators’ Conference once again offers a demanding schedule of professional learning along with time for reflection and fellowship.

MESC Events
These events are offered at a significant discount exclusively to non-public schools. Contact Michigan Association of Non-public Schools for more information.
Project-Based Learning with Trevoir Muir
September 9, 2019 - Bay City, Michigan 
September 11, 2019 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Learn to incorporate Project-based Learning into your curriculum through hands-on activities on how to brainstorm, plan, and manage projects with Trevor Muir .

The cost for this training is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available. 

Essential Reports for Teachers and Instructional Ladders
September 30, 2019 - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Learn to implement essential reports and instructional ladders into your assessment practices by using MAP Growth data and reports to respond to the individual needs of students. Deepen your understanding of instructional planning and boost your differentiation efforts in this one day session.

MESC Website
Stay up-to-date on the current professional development offerings available to Michigan non-public schools by visiting the Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative website. Look for new NWEA and Catapult PLC dates in September.

Additional Offerings
EdOps Labs: Leveraging Academic Data at All Levels of Your School
September 27-29. 2019 - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Do you strive to share data more effectively in your school to empower better decision-making? In this free, interactive workshop, school leaders and staff will explore effective ways of sharing data from the student level to the Board level at their school.

2019 Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education Conference
September 27-29, 2019 - Tustin, Michigan
Want to network with formal and non-formal educators interested in getting kids outside to learn about the environment around them? Engage with classroom teachers of all grades who are concerned about the environment and want to learn more about taking kids outside at the MAEOE Conference! 

Leadership for All Learners Institute
October 7-8, 2019 - East Lansing, Michigan
Participate in sessions that will explore Collaborative Leadership, Collective Efficacy, teacher leadership for equity and help maximize the effectiveness of all school leaders and stakeholders. Receive $50 off general pricing by registering with the code "MSU".

Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME)
"What's Your Superpower?" Conference
October 10-11, 2019 - Bay City, Michigan
Join the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) in Bay City for a librarian leadership conference. In their work to support school librarians and media specialists, they provide librarian resources to support their students with high-quality media services.

miGoogle Conference
November 4-5, 2019 - Fenton, Michigan
Want to discover more ways to incorporate technology into your classroom? Attend the miGoogle Conference to learn about new Google tools to engage your students and enhance their learning experiences.

Place-Based Education Conference
November 7-9, 2019 - Flint, Michigan
Come experience a three-day conference designed to inspire and support a community of educators around the power of place-based learning. Learn how to incorporate place-based learning into your curriculum to engage your students in meaningful learning and strengthen their ties to their community.   

Michigan Virtual Courses
Learn at your own pace through Michigan Virtual's courses. Choose from a selection of online courses based on your interests!

CLC Online Professional Development Book Study
If you want to better understand the science of learning, are curious about academic breakdowns, or desire to learn how a neurodevelopmental framework can bridge success for students, this 12-week professional development book study is for you!

EduPaths and iKeepSafe Partner to Create Free Online Courses on Student Data Privacy for Educators
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has partnered with EduPaths, Michigan’s free online professional development portal for educators, and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) to bring four online courses centered around student data privacy to Michigan educators. This series of courses is designed to give education stakeholders the tools they need to be aware of privacy concerns and keep students safe.

Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative Summits
Check out Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative's (MIBLSI) series of fall events! There are a variety of upcoming events taking place all throughout Michigan.

“GoOpen Michigan” Online Toolkit
The Regional Educational Media Centers Association of Michigan (REMC) has established a #GoOpen Michigan toolkit on its website to provide educators with information about using Open Educational Resources (OER) in education.

MNSAA Accreditation
MNSAA Accreditrac is now open for the 2019-20 school year.
MNSAA Webinar Series
Join Michigan Non-public School Accrediting Association experts this September to learn more about the accreditation process through four webinars. Each will focus on a different component of accreditation, and should provide new information to seasoned vets as well as first timers joining MNSAA. Click the links below to register:
Innovative Solutions
State Continuing Education Clock Hours
Are you offering professional development at your school or diocese? Let MANS help! We are your approved SCECH coordinator with the Michigan Department of Education. Send us this application and the final agenda 45 days prior to your PD, and we will upload it into MOECS for MDEs approval. PD of one hour or more is eligible for SCECHs, as long as it is at least one hour of instructional material (prayer, breaks, introductions, etc. do not qualify). Contact Shelley Long with any questions you may have.
REMC SAVE’s Annual Device Purchasing Program
Take advantage of REMC SAVE’s annual device purchasing program through September 30, 2019. REMC SAVE provides large volume contracts for a variety of educational resources, including furniture, school and office supplies, software and digital services, and technology.

Grant Opportunities
MANS Social Justice Grant
Teachers in MANS member schools are encouraged to apply for a 2019-20 MANS Social Justice Grant. Created as a way to honor former board member Helen Casey, the grants support classroom projects that connect service to academic and religious instruction. Service should engage students around genuine community needs while making classroom content relevant. The deadline to submit an application is October 25, 2019.

The Meemic Foundation: Pop In 2 Win
The Meemic Foundation introduces the "NottaGrant", a monthly opportunity to simply "pop in" to be entered to win a valuable enhancement for an educator's school to enhance classroom learning! Just a few clicks and you're entered to win a butterfly kit for your classroom!  Enter by August 31, 2019! 

Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship
Due August 31, 2019
Junior and senior students may enter to win Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship. A total of $5,000 in college scholarships will be awarded in October among 4 winning student submissions throughout the state.

Meemic: Teachers Pay Teachers Grant
Due September 30, 2019
Apply for a $50 grant to use exclusively with  Teachers Pay Teachers  on their online market of educator resources.

Karma for Cara Foundation Microgrant
Due October 1, 2019
Encourage students to apply for funds up to $1,000 from K4C for service projects in their communities. Assist young leaders in executing their initiatives to help repair the world.

Study Abroad Scholarships for American High School Students
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is offering over a thousand merit based scholarships to high school students to study abroad for a summer or academic year. Take a moment to check out the programs that are offered by the ECA that will expand the horizons of your students by clicking here.

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