Weekly Update
April 24, 2020
MANS Services Survey
If you have not already responded, please take a moment to help MANS understand your current and future needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.

Faith Filled Schools
We continue to see the wonderful work our teachers are doing to administer distance learning. Here is an article about the efforts of St. John's Lutheran in Midland . Please continue to share your stories and use the hashtag #FaithFilledSchools and we will highlight them on our Facebook page.

COVID-19 Updates
Frequently Asked Questions
MANS is compiling questions and answers on COVID-19 inquiries. The FAQ page will be continually updated as guidance is received.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours and Certificate Renewal Update
There are important updates related to teacher certification renewal and State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These updates include:
  • MANS is offering up to 25 SCECHs available for Distance Learning Transition
  • School Committees are able to meet virtually
  • Waiver of required DPPD and SCECHs for 2020 renewal. 150 hour requirement has been reduced to 120.

Teacher Certifications and Permits Wavier
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is providing guidance regarding teacher certifications and permits during school closures.

Interim Certification Guidance Provided for Michigan Alternative Route to Certification
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has issued guidance on changes to the state’s alternative route to certification and provided clarification on requirements for individuals seeking the interim teaching certificate during mandatory school closure.

Distance Learning Support and Professional Learning
Michigan Virtual Mental Health and SEL Resources
Michigan Virtual is providing students, teachers and families with FREE access to their Michigan Cares Portal. This online platform houses hundreds of lessons designed to help children develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being.

FACTS Education Solutions Webcasts
FACTS Education Solutions has hosted a number of webinars regarding distance learning. They have recorded them and can be found at the link below.

MANS and MESC Updates
Learning Forward Cohort and Standards Assessment Inventory
The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is excited to partner with Learning Forward to offer Michigan non-public schools the opportunity to participate in both the Standards Assessments Inventory and the Learning Leaders Cohort. These two opportunities will allow leaders to have an in-depth look at the professional learning occurring in their buildings and how they align with the Learning Forward Professional Learning Standards.

One Michigan One Mission Conference - October 15-16, 2020
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.

Non-public School Partner Update
Aquinas College Accelerated Education Masters Program
Aquinas College has launched the Accelerated Master in Education (AME) program that will help address the urgent need for well-trained K12 teachers in the state and nationally. The unique Aquinas program is conducted in cooperation with local school districts, so that individuals who qualify and hold a bachelor’s degree will be able to complete their initial teacher certification course work and clinical requirements in fewer than 18 months.

Christian School Management: Philanthropy Retreat
August 11-14, 2020 - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Learn a lot. Learn intensely. Practice what you learn. This is the learning and certification that will empower you to empower your Board, excite your volunteers, inspire your donors, and most importantly serve your children. Christian School Management provides and teaches this philanthropy retreat leading to expertise and certification.

Colleges and Universities Join to Encourage Fall Enrollees
Associations representing 40 of Michigan’s public and independent non-profit higher education institutions have partnered to create a joint fact sheet which provides names of key points of contacts, phone and email information, and web sites with up-to-date admissions details

Student Engagement Opportunities
The Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) and Michigan District-LCMS are proud to sponsor ArtPraise: A Faith-Based Student Art Competition taking place October 15-16, 2020 at the ONE Michigan ONE Mission Conference. Students who are ages Pre-K – Grade 12 currently attending a MANS member school are invited to create an original piece of art in any medium reflecting this year’s theme “One community in Christ.” Conference participants will vote for their favorite art submission Thursday and prizes for the top three winners will be awarded Friday.

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