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

Equity in funding. It is something we consistently bring up to legislators in Lansing as they evaluate proposals that help fund education initiatives in Michigan. We are currently bound by the constraints of Article VIII Section 2 of our Michigan constitution insofar as it relates to assisting a student to attend a nonpublic school. We firmly believe there is room for fairness in funding when we are discussing student safety, funding for extracurricular activities and even reimbursing teachers for purchasing school supplies.

We need you to make our voice stronger. Please register for the MANS 2020 Public Policy Day today. MANS staff will make legislative appointments for you and provide you with all of the information you need to address issues of great importance to faith-based schools. We look forward to seeing you on March 12th in Lansing.

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) has a number of professional learning opportunities available to all Michigan non-public school teachers and administrators. These opportunities are based on results from a professional learning needs assessment and have been reviewed by the MESC steering committee. Take some time to review the MESC section of MANS Notes to see which opportunities would best fit your needs.

Thank you for all you do for Michigan’s students and their families.
Brian Broderick
Executive Director
State News
Public Comment on the Proposed Standards for the Preparation of Teachers in Professional Knowledge and Skills, English Language Arts, and Mathematics in Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) 
The Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Educator Excellence is requesting public comment on the proposed Standards for the Preparation of Teachers in Professional Knowledge and Skills, English Language Arts, and Mathematics in Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) to guide preparation of candidates seeking certification and/or endorsement in these fields. 

Seeking Feedback on Appropriate Placement Proposal
Michigan has changed the way that it prepares and certifies educators. By narrowing endorsements, focusing on differentiated supports, and emphasizing connections to students through real-world experiences, educators will be better prepared to meet the needs of the whole child.

Michigan ArcGIS Online United States School Competition 2020, Software, and Professional Learning
Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce the ArcGIS Online United States Competition 2020, in which students create and share maps about their home states. ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) that depicts data geographically. GIS-based projects provide for integrated learning experiences across content areas and facilitate collaboration to tackle local and global challenges. 

OK2SAY Needs Your Help
OK2SAY has recently updated its mobile app and website to make it easier for individuals to submit confidential tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. If your school utilizes a firewall system that blocks outside communication, we would encourage school technology leadership to consider allowing students to communicate with OK2SAY technicians by whitelisting the following email addresses or domain names: ok2say@mi.gov or ok2say@michigan.gov
2020 School Wellness Award
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announces the launch of the 2020 School Wellness Award. The award encourages Michigan schools to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco/nicotine-free lifestyles for students and staff. Applications are due by April 16, 2020

Federal News
Gearing up for the 2020 Census
Schools and districts are encouraged to support the state’s efforts to assure that ALL Michigan residents are counted in the 2020 US Census. More information and resources can be found online:

Professional Development
MANS Events
Register for MANS Public Policy Day Today!
March 12, 2020 - Lansing, Michigan
Register today for MANS Public Policy Day. Staff is making appointments with your legislators. Be sure to join your colleagues from across the state as we grapple with educational policy issues that impact faith-based schools. Don't miss this important day!

Registration is opening soon for the One Michigan One Mission Conference!
As you are preparing your 2020-21 academic calendars, don't forget to mark 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)
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.

Dates to remember:
  • January 2020 - Standards Assessment Inventory and Cohort Registration Launches
  • April 28-29, 2020 - Session One: The Principal's Role as a Learning Leader
  • May 20, 2020 - Virtual Follow-Up
  • June 17-18, 2020 - Session Two: Establishing and Maintaining a Culture of Continuous Learning through Teacher-Led Learning Teams (PLCs)
  • September 23, 2020 - Virtual Follow-Up

Project-Based Learning
February 28, 2020 - Lansing, Michigan
Join Trevor Muir as you learn through hands-on activities how to brainstorm, plan, and manage projects. Using project planning tools, participants will start designing their first projects, and will be equipped to finish the designs on their own and with their collaboration teams. This session is ideal for administrators and classroom teachers in grades K-12.
The cost for this training is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available.

VAEI: Blue Apple Project-Based Learning - Lansing, Michigan
The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative is excited to partner with Van Andel Education Institute to offer teachers Professional Development with Personality! This one day workshop will offer teachers an engaging training that will bring your school's Project-based Learning efforts to the next level. The MESC is offering two dates based on the grade you teach:
  • April 22, 2020 (Grades K-6)
  • April 23, 2020 (Grades 7-12)
The cost for this training is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available.

Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) Discount on Building Wide Training
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 complete 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 asalas@m-a-n-s.org 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 asalas@m-a-n-s.org.
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 Offerings
Making STEM a Force for Good
April 3-5, 2020 - South Bend, Indiana
This 2-day conference will draw on research and the wisdom of practice to help teachers from the STEM disciplines as well as the humanities integrate core concepts and practices from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in ways that address problems that are meaningful to our nation’s youth.

Introduction to the Disciplinary Literacy Essential Instructional Practices
March 10, 2020 - Wayne, Michigan
This professional learning event will be open to instructional coaches, central office administrators, building administrators, and teacher leaders, institutions of higher education, and professional organizations that support mathematics, science, social studies, and English language arts instruction across Michigan. Learning will be facilitated by lead researchers Dr. Elizabeth Moje and Dr. Darin Stockdill, along with Disciplinary Literacy Task Force members, to strengthen and bring coherence to the work occurring around literacy in secondary classrooms.

MNSAA Accreditation
Check your email this month for MNSAA report reminders. All MNSAA accredited schools must complete reporting according to their diocesan timeline. Fees are due no later than June 15, 2020 and may be paid by credit card in Accreditrac or by printing an invoice from the payment page.

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)
What are SCECHs?
State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) are State Board approved inservice, workshop, training, or conference credits that are used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and for meeting the continuing education requirement for school administrators.

How do I earn SCECHs?
SCECHs may be earned by attending an event that offers SCECH credit. At the event, complete the provided SCECH registration form and sign in and out. The information will then be sent to MANS who will upload it to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) and you will receive an evaluation that must be completed before you are awarded the credit. If you do not receive an evaluation email notification, check your MOECS account.

What MANS Does for You
MANS is your approved sponsor for SCECHS. If you are hosting a workshop, training, inservice or a conference, participants may earn SCECHs for attending sessions with secular content. Simply email MANS this program application, the final agenda and speaker bio (if applicable). Submit to slong@m-a-n-s.org 45 days prior to the event. Once approved by MDE, we will email the SCECH paperwork needed for the event.

Non-Traditional Activities
Mentoring a new teacher or administrator, supervising a college student during student teaching or pre-teaching experience, and serving on a school improvement team or school committee (not staff meetings) are all non-traditional activities. It is important to note, you cannot mix and match committee meetings/school improvement teams. If you serve on more than one committee/school improvement team offering SCECHs, you can only earn credit for one per academic year. A maximum of seventy-five (75) SCECHs can be earned per non-traditional activity in a certification renewal period. 

Don’t Forget! PIC's are required to receive SCECHs! Click here if you need help finding your PIC.

Contact Shelley Long at slong@m-a-n-s.org 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 January MANS Member Winners!
  • Holy Family Regional School - Rochester, Michigan
  • Shepard of the Lake Lutheran Schools - Brighton, Michigan

The Meemic Foundation: 5th Annual Masterpieces Student Art Contest & Grant Opportunity
Join The Meemic Foundation in showcasing the artistic ability of students while rewarding your classroom in the process. Sponsor a student's origional art masterpiece to be entered in the Meemic Student Art Contest. Sponsoring Foundation Club Members of winning entries will earn a $300 art supplies grant for their school. Plus, each winning student artist will receive:
  • Sphero Bolt App-enabled Robot
  • Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
  • An invitation to our Art Gallery Open House at our corporate office.

STOP School Violence Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) currently has new funding opportunities listed and open for application on their website. The STOP School Violence Grant Program is aimed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence. Applications are due March 3, 2020.

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.