January 2019 MANS Notes
Executive Corner
Dear MANS Member Schools, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends:
 
Registration is now open for the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools’ 2019 Public Policy Day. This year's Public Policy Day will be very important as we begin to develop relationships with many new lawmakers. I hope you have been able to connect with your legislator either in person or through email. Public Policy Day is a great way to meet your representatives in person and share what is unique about your school with those in charge of setting policy. Our afternoon will feature important updates from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Michigan State Police (MSP). The registration link can be found in the Professional Development section below.

The MANS staff looks forward to seeing you in Lansing on March 14, 2019. 
 
Blessings, 
MANS Executive Director
Advocacy
Federal News
National Board Certification
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has designed the National Board Certification to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. 

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
The application for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School (ED-GRS) is now open. This program is an award that recognizes schools that reduce environmental impact and costs, improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.

Teach To Lead
The Teach to Lead team is accepting idea submissions through January 28 for its 17th Teacher Leadership Summit, March 29-31 in Philadelphia, where teams will receive critical support to turn their ideas into action.

State News
Michigan Department of Education Equitable Service Training
Join the Michigan Department of Education for an equitable service training for Local Education Agencies and Non-public Schools. This three-hour training, in various locations across Michigan, will review the consultation process between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and private schools and provide updated information on Title funds.
 
Michigan K-12 Computer Science Standards - Public Comment
The Michigan Department of Education is seeking public comment on the proposed K-12 Computer Science (CS) Standards. The online public comment survey is open January 14, 2019 through February 20, 2019. 

Open Education Resources Facilitators and Ambassadors
The Regional Education Media Center (REMC) Association of Michigan, in a partnership with the Michigan Department of Education Educational Technology Unit and the #GoOpen Michigan Strategy team, is looking for individuals to become Open Education Resources (OER) facilitators and ambassadors across the state. 
 
Great Start to Quality Grant
The Michigan Department of Education announces the availability of funds for a grant to support the day to day oversight and implementation of the state’s quality rating improvement system, Great Start to Quality. The deadline to apply for this grant is February 22, 2019.
 
Student Growth for Educator Evaluation
The Michigan Department of Education Office of Educator Excellence (MDE-OEE) announces two scheduled opportunities for district and building leadership teams to attend a two-day workshop designed to help collaboratively develop district plans for measuring student growth for educator evaluations. These collaborative teams will develop a framework using the MDE guidance and work-products for measuring student growth for educator evaluations through the implementation of student learning objectives.
 
Proposed Code of Ethics for Educators
The Michigan Department of Education is requesting stakeholder feedback on a proposed Model Code of Educator Ethics. The current Michigan Code of Ethics was adopted in 2003. This code, accompanied by the teacher oath (MCL 380.1532), is on every educator’s certificate.  

The Michigan Department of Education Webinar Series
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Office of Educator Excellence (OEE) have launched a webinar series designed to empow er teacher, school, and district leaders with the knowledge and practices to recruit, develop, retain, recognize, and support educators throughout the workforce pipeline. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) are available for those who participate in the live webinars.

2019 Earth Day Poster Contest
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michigan Department of National Resources invite schools, K-5 th grade, throughout the state of Michigan to participate in the 2019 Earth Day Poster Contest! Submission requirements and details are listed on the flyer below. Original artwork deadline is February 15, 2019
 
Professional Development
MANS Events
MANS Public Policy Day - March 14, 2019

Registration for the 2019 MANS Public Policy Day is now open. Be sure to join your colleagues from across the state as we grapple with educational policy issues that impact faith-based schools.

Save the Date - MANS Administrators' Conference - October 16-18, 2019 - Grand Traverse Resort - Acme, Michigan

Gather with over 200 non-public school educational leaders and learn school improvement strategies as you examine the issues facing faith-based schools in Michigan. The Administrators’ Conference offers a demanding schedule of professional learning along with time for reflection and fellowship.
Additional Offerings
Michelle Doyle Educational Consulting 2018-19 Webinar Series
Michelle Doyle is offering free webinars for private schools on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the consultation process. Click the link below for dates and times of the upcoming webinars and see recordings of previous webinars.

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference - February 9-12, 2019 - Columbus, Ohio
The National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference provides powerful, research-based professional development. Led by literacy experts and authors, sessions focus on best instructional practices for educators.

Michigan State University's Introduce a Girl to Engineering - February 16, 2019 - East Lansing, Michigan
The Michigan State University Engineering faculty, staff and students invite 4th through 8th grade girls interested in engineering to a free day of engineering activities lead by leaders in the field.

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command - February 22, 2019 - Warren, Michigan
The Great Lakes Battalion will host a training event for educators, administrators and community partners from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Macomb Community College (South Campus). This training will educate administrators, educators, and community partners about the benefits, training, jobs and lifestyle the Army offers. This event will also include interactive military displays and the opportunity to see and use military technology and equipment. 

Grand Valley State University Free Workshops
Grand Valley State University is offering free workshops to all teachers in the state of Michigan. Topics include Third Grade Reading Law, Google, STEM and much more.

MNSAA Accreditation
MNSAA Report Readers

Volunteers are needed to review the 2018-2019 MNSAA Annual Reports. Reviewers will join us in Lansing on July 10-11, 2018 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
MANS is your SCECH coordinator for professional development, accreditation site visits, mentoring, and participating on school committees. New during the 2018-19 academic year is the ability to earn SCECHs for professional development of one hour and more (the minimum previously was 3 hours). Contact Shelley Long at 517-372-0012 or slong@m-a-n-s.org for complete SCECH information.
Grant Opportunities
The Meemic Foundation: Student Art Contest & Grant Opportunity
The Meemic Foundations wants to showcase the artistic works of students. Club Members can sponsor a student's original art masterpiece to be entered in the Student Art Contest. The sponsor of the winning piece will receive a $300 grant for art supplies for their school and the winning student artists will receive a Chromebook. Contest dates are January 2, 2019 - March 29, 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 3-D printer! 

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