March 2020 MANS Notes
Executive Corner
Dear MANS Member Schools, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends, 

First and foremost, the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS) staff is praying for you, your staff and school communities during these unprecedented times. With so much uncertainty around the world, one thing is certain; “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:34). While this Lent is unlike any other, it has called all of us to be centered in patience, love and faith. Patience as we continue to meet more uncertainty, love for one another and faith in God’s divine plan.

The Governors “Stay at Home, Stay Safe” Executive order extends the closure of schools to April 13, 2020. MANS will continue to provide you with the most updated information through our website and social media. While the MANS staff will be working remotely for the next three weeks, we are available through email and by phone. Click here to be directed to our contact information. 

We have a number of updates regarding upcoming events for MANS and the Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC). Please see this information below.  

While these are unprecedented times, we have been amazed to see our members’ response. We have seen schools respond with distance learning plans in a short amount of time. We have seen schools collecting items for those on the front line of the fight against COVID-19. We have seen many creative ways to stay connected with your school communities. Keep up the good work and we will continue to share all these wonderful responses on social media. 

God’s blessings on you and on all you serve. 

Brian Broderick
Executive Director
State News
MANS Issues Press Release in Response to the Michigan Department of Education's (MDE's) Instructional Hour Memo
The Michigan Association of Non-public Schools issued a press release in response to the memorandum issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on March 20, 2020 regarding online learning and instructional hours. Click the link below to view the MANS press release.

OK2SAY Tip School Response Protocols During COVID-19 School Closures
Educators and students throughout Michigan are feeling the extraordinary ripple effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as schools are shut down amid the public health emergency.  
Although the circumstances for schools being closed are unique, we want to assure you that OK2SAY is available 24/7 to help students report threats to their safety or the safety of others.  

COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The Michigan Association of Non-public Schools continues to gather the latest information related to COVID-19 and it's impact to schools. This information is being shared on our website and on our social media page.

Professional Development
MANS Events
We look forward to seeing you all in October!
Come October, we will be ready to come together as Christian educators and church workers to celebrate the work of the Lord. Make sure to mark your calendars for October 15-16, 2020 for the One Michigan One Mission Conference in Lansing, Michigan. Visit the MANS website for more information regarding lodging and Keynote Presenters.

MESC Events
These events are offered at a significant discount exclusively to non-public schools. Contact the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools for more information.
Learning Forward Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI)
Now is a great time to assess your schools professional development.

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is excited to partner with Learning Forward to offer Michigan's non-public schools the opportunity to participate in both the Learning Forward Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) and the Learning Forward Professional Learning Cohort, a year-long cohort that will shape the way learning occurs in your building.

The Learning Forward Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) provides school administrators, system leaders and MANS a 365 degree assessment of how we provide professional learning in the state. School administrators will learn where their professional development is meeting the needs of educators and how it can be strengthened using the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning . System leaders will be provided anonymous data that will help them improve their efforts to provide effective and comprehensive professional learning services. The MESC invites all non-public schools to participate in the SAI to determine the level of professional learning occurring in your building. 

Learn More:
Want to know more about the SAI process and the information you can receive from it?Learning Forward hosted a short webinar about the SAI on Friday, February 7, at to further describe the tool and its uses. Click here to watch the recording.

Interested in participating in the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI)? Click Here to let us know!
Learning Forward 2020 Cohort

The Learning Forward Professional Learning Cohort will engage non-public school administrators from across the state to focus on building capacity for effective, comprehensive professional learning. This cohort will meet in Lansing, Michigan twice and will include virtual follow up. The registration fee is $150.00 and includes lunch at all face-to-face meetings, virtual follow-up and materials. Up to 30 State Continuing Education Clock Hours will be available at an additional cost.

Due to the current global health crisis, the MESC is delaying the first session with Learning Forward. The new kick off will be June 17-18, 2020. We are working with Learning Forward to schedule the second cohort meeting date.

Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) Discount on Building Wide Training
Are you starting to plan your professional development for the next school year? Have you wanted to bring inquiry-based training to your building? Have you been interested in the Next-Generation Science Standards? Have you already been through the VAEI Inquiry-based Cohort, but would like some additional consulting? If so, the Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative is offering non-public schools the opportunity to bring the Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) to your building!

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative will cover 75% of the cost to bring VAEI to your building. The remaining cost plus expenses related to meals, travel and materials will be the responsibility of the school. All on-site training must be completed by September 30, 2020. A brief summary report is required upon completion of the training.

Click here to see a description of VAEI offerings.

If you are interested, please email Angelia Salas at a letter authorized by the administrator, showing the following:
  • Topic
  • Possible dates of training
  • Numbers of educators to be trained

If you have any questions, please contact Angelia Salas at
MESC Newsletter and 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 and read our latest newsletter.

Additional Events and Resources
Remote learning with Google Classroom
Google expert John Sowash has developed an online course called "Classroom Kickstart" which will help teachers use Google Classroom to provide remote instruction during extended school closures.  

John's online course is available today immediately and includes:
  • 34 detailed instructional videos
  • 79 carefully selected web resources
  • 40 practice activities
  • 25 ready to use classroom templates

John is making the course available for $35/person, a 75% discount.

Catapult Learning: FREE Virtual Professional Development
March 30, 2020
Are you being asked to provide in-home learning opportunities for your students? Wondering how to make them more engaging?

Join Catapult Learning on Monday, March 30, 2020 for a free webinar and explore best practices to supercharge your remote lessons, including those inherent in models such as TPACK, SAMR, and PEERS. We will also review free technology-enhanced resources for elementary, middle, and high school students.

P.A.C.E. "Learning at Home, Keeping Pace" Invitation to Share
A lot of parents are suddenly facing the challenge of having to help educate kids at home. The Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS) has partnered with Parent Advocates for Choice in Education (P.A.C.E.) to bring daily Facebook Live videos featuring parents and teachers with experience in home or virtual education. The goal of these "Learning at Home, Keeping Pace" chats is to encourage parents at home and offer them tips and words of wisdom to help them support their children’s learning and growth during this time. If you or someone you know would be interested in recording a 7-10 minute video, please click the link below to participate.

MNSAA Accreditation
The MNSAA Leadership Council and Regional Coordinators gathered by web conference on March 20, 2020 to create guidance for MNSAA reporting and visits during the current COVID-19 crisis. Please note the following guidance:

  • MNSAA annual reports are due to Regional Coordinators based on established deadlines. These deadlines are not being extended.
  • To reduce delays, MNSAA visit teams will conduct virtual visits as scheduled with the understanding that on-site compliance reviews will be conducted once school resumes. Provisional accreditation will be granted to these schools until the onsite visit is conducted.

All MNSAA school administrators should have received guidance for annual reporting. Please contact Angelia if you have questions.

Volunteers are needed to review the 2019-2020 MNSAA Annual Reports. Reviewers will join us in Lansing on July 8-9, 2020 to read and discuss a selection of annual reports from MNSAA schools across the state. This is an excellent development opportunity for schools preparing for a visit and for those interested in serving on site visit teams. Please complete this brief survey to indicate your availability. We look forward to hosting you in July.  
Innovative Solutions
State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Educator Excellence sent out an email on March 20 allowing schools to transition face-to-face professional development or virtual. Please contact Shelley if you wish to change your programs to virtual. If you are planning any new virtual professional development opportunities, please submit this application and the final agenda and we will seek approval from MDE.
Please note that school committee meetings m ay also be completed virtually. Keep track of staff attendance on the meeting minutes in lieu of sign-in/out sheets. Contact Shelley Long at or 517-372-0012 with questions.
Grant Opportunities
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 Professional Development Books for Teachers.   Enter by February 29, 2020! 

Congratulations to the February MANS Member Winners!
  • Grand Rapids Christian School - Grand Rapids
  • St. Joseph Catholic School - Lake Orion
  • St. Michael Lutheran School - Warren
  • St. Joseph School - West Branch
  • Lutheran High School - Westland
  • Dutton Christian School - Calidonia
  • Zion Lutheran - Bay City
  • Rose Park Christian School - Holland
  • Immanuel Lutheran School - Macomb
  • St. Mary School - Westphalia
  • St. Joseph Elementary School - Battle Creek
  • St. John's Lutheran - Fraser
  • St Augustine School - Richmond

Business Partner Corner
MANS is grateful for the following business who help us bring you effective and affordable services. Please click the links to visit the websites to learn more about how they can assist you.