June 2019 MANS Notes
Executive Corner
Dear MANS Member Schools, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends:
 
Congratulations on another successful school year. MANS members have worked hard over the last six months actively engaging with legislators to advocate for their schools. Before you leave for a well-deserved summer break we ask you one last time to call or email your State Representative and State Senator and encourage them to support these two items in the budget process:
 
  • Including funding in this year's budget to compensate non-public schools for complying with state health and safety mandates.
  •  Including funding for non-public schools to participate in a grant competition for Robotics and other STEM related programs.
 
Be sure to file your school’s 152(b) reimbursement claim before June 30 th . It is critical that nonpublic schools do this to show the legislature and the Governor that there is a need to compensate schools for complying with state health and safety mandates .
 
We hope to see you this summer at one or all of the valuable professional learning opportunities offered by MANS including  MANS Law Day Creating Pathways  and any or all of the  Michigan Equitable Services Collaborative (MESC)  sponsored events. 
 
We also look forward to seeing you this fall in Traverse City for the MANS Administrators’ Conference – Building Leadership for Learning.   Please do not delay in registering for what promises a worthwhile and inspiring gathering of faith-based school administrators.  It takes place October 16-18, 2019 at the Grand Traverse Resort.
 
The MANS staff would like to wish you a joyful, restful, fun and blessed Summer Break!


Sincerely, 
MANS Executive Director
Advocacy
State News
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 .

New Online Reporting System for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently launched the Michigan Online Reporting System for use by mandated reporters such as physicians, teachers, and clergy who have established relationships with children based on their professions.

State-Wide Educator Workforce Job Fair
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is offering one final State-Wide Educator Workforce Job Fair on August 5th in Livonia (campus of Schoolcraft College). 

Michigan Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Offering Free Testing
The Michigan Military Entrance Processing Station is offering free career exploration testing through the ASVAB Program. Contact Jonathan Allen , Education Services Specialist, for more information about the program and to get access to the ASCAB Program website where students can explore hundreds of careers, college options and apply for jobs.
Professional Development
MANS Events
This retreat for school secretaries and administrative assistants is designed to meet their professional development needs. Join your colleagues from non-public schools across the state for a day of learning and networking . Topics include health and safety, self-care, legal issues and much more.

Nominations are being accepted for the MANS Faith-Based Office Professional Award. Take a moment to recognize the individuals that stand as representatives of excellent faith-based education in your schools!

Gather with more than 200 non-public 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.
VAEI Science on the Grand STEAM Conference for Inquiry Based Instruction
July 15-16, 2019 - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Join Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) in creating a classroom culture that supports STEAM instruction. Develop lessons — by grade level — for inquiry-based STEAM content, and nurture your own curiosity for personal growth and enjoyment. Plus, you’ll see that you’re not alone with many networking opportunities for you to engage with other teachers by grade level and content area. Learn more about this two-day training by  clicking here .

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative is offering Michigan non-public schools the opportunity to attend this two-day training at 75% off the cost!  Use the coupon code "MESC19" to receive your discount.

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. 

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.

Additional Offerings
Army Careers and Education Symposium - School Counselor Military Options - July 12, 2019 - Mount Pleasant, Michigan
The Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion is hosting an event designed for secondary and post-secondary educators, community partners, counselors and administrators. This training will showcase the military and the numerous work-based learning programs, benefits and career opportunities that today's military can provide to Michigan students.

DNR's Academy of Natural Resources Programs
July 14-19, 2019 - Higgins Lake, Michigan
August 4-9, 2019 - Houghton, Michigan
Attend one of the Academy of Natural Resources' week-long summer programs for an opportunity to learn about Michigan's diverse natural resources, current trends in their management, and experience activities that you can bring back to the classroom. Teacher scholarships and SCECH credits are available.

Concordia University Summer Institute Workshops
July 28 - August 9, 2019 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Concordia University's Summer Institute Workshops cover engaging topics in the field of education and provide educators an opportunity to receive SCECHs. Registration for these one to two day workshops will open soon!

GoogleFEST
August 6, 2019 - Detroit, Michigan
MACUL and Google EDU present a professional and personalized full day of learning for educators. The conference includes sessions for all educator levels from basic to advanced, led by trainers from Google EDU, CDW-G and your colleagues!

LCMS Early Childhood Summer Conference
August 14, 2019 - Lansing, Michigan
Partake in a series of breakout sessions pertaining to early childhood education and grow in sharing the Gospel with children and families. Dr. Rebecca Isbell will be featured as the keynote speaker and will focus on “Nurturing the 4 C’s in Young Children to be Creative Communicators, Collaborators, and Critical Thinkers.”

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

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.   

MNSAA Accreditation
MNSAA Report Fee Reminder

Payment for the 2018-2019 self-study or annual report must be made at the time of report submission. You have the option to request extra certificates and plaques at additional cost. Payment can be made by credit card or by printing an  invoice  from the Accreditrac system. Payments were due on June 15, 2019. Late payments will delay the processing of your accreditation.


Innovative Solutions
State Continuing Education Clock Hours
Are you offering professional development through your school, church or diocese? If it contains at least one hour of educational content, it may qualify for SCECHs. Email this application  and the final agenda to Shelley Long  at least 45 days prior to your event. MANS will inform you when it has been approved, and will send you all the paperwork you need so your educators can receive their well-deserved SCECHs and maintain their educational certificates.

Contact Shelley Long at  slong@m-a-n-s.org   or 517-372-0012 with any questions.
ASVAB Career Explorations Program
Students in 10th-12th grade are eligible to take a standardized aptitude test through the ASVAB Career Explorations Program for free. Taking it can help students match up their skills and interests to occupations, save favorites, build portfolios, and even apply for FAFSA and jobs.  

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 Varidesk   adjustable furniture for your classroom!  Enter by June 30, 2019! 

The Meemic Foundation: Back-to-School Supply Kit
Enter to win one of 1,000 Back-to-School Supply Kits provided by the Meemic Foundation. There is no application to complete, just let them know which kit you need (elementary, middle or high school). Enter by June 30, 2019! 

Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship
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. The deadline is August 31st. 

Karma for Cara Foundation Microgrant
Due July 1, 2019 & 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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