November 2019 MANS Notes
Executive Corner
State News
Annual Certification Reminder and Requirements 
Educators with a certificate expiration date of June 30, 2020, should be encouraged to log into the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) and begin updating account information. It is an educator’s responsibility to maintain valid Michigan certification for employment. It is an employer’s responsibility to verify and ensure certificate validity before placing an educator in an assignment. 

Education-Related Professional Development for School Safety Training 
School safety training has been re-approved for professional development credit for the current and upcoming academic years (2019-20, 2020-21) for use when renewing or progressing an educator certificate. This approval continues an earlier approval that began for the 2017-18 school year.

National School Choice Week - Save the Date: January 29, 2020
The Michigan Association of Non-public Schools is sponsoring the 10th annual National School Choice event at the Michigan State Capitol on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The planning committee is looking for a variety of student-led displays, performances and testimonials to share at the event. Learn more and sign up by clicking the link below.

School Counselor Professional Development & Renewal Requirements 
Districts, school counselors, and stakeholders are being reminded of the upcoming changes to school counselor professional development requirements for license/certificate renewals per MCL 380.1233 (6-8).

Michigan State Police Grant form Campus Sexual Assault Funding
Funding will support the efforts of public and non-public colleges, universities, and high schools to reduce sexual assaults among student populations. Eligible program categories include education, awareness, prevention, reporting, bystander intervention, peer advocacy groups and student organizations dedicated to campus sexual assault prevention, and campus improvements related to student safety. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. EST on January 15, 2020. 

Hour of Code – An Easy Way to Introduce Students to Computer Science
Michigan schools are encouraged to participate in the Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2019. The Hour of Code highlights how all students can use computer science to make a positive impact on the world, from writing apps to solving a local problem to using innovative ideas in data science to address global challenges. The theme for this year’s Hour of Code is “CS for Good,” inspired by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Teen Drive Safety - Strive for a Safe Driver
Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) are offering Michigan high schools the opportunity to participate in Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD). S4SD is a safe driving initiative aimed at reducing serious traffic crashes involving teen drivers, the leading cause of death among teens nationwide. All Michigan High Schools are eligible to apply.

The American Prospect High School Essay Contest
The American Prospect magazine, in partnership with Omidyar Network, announces the first annual American Prospect Essay Contest. Many Americans are considering how to create a more inclusive economy. This competition will give high school students the opportunity to read and reflect on one of four renowned books exploring how the economy works in terms of poverty, race, markets, and democracy. The students’ essays will explore where the economy falls short and what we might do about it. 
Prizes total $30,000: First place for juniors and seniors is $10,000; second place $5,000; third place $2,500. First place for freshmen and sophomores is $5,000; second place $2,500; third place $1,000. Forty honorable mentions will be awarded at $100 each. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2020

Study Abroad Scholarships for American High School Students
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries.

LifeChanger of the Year 2019-2020
LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing K-12 educators and school employees across the country. This program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Nomination deadline is December 31, 2019.  

Professional Development
MANS Events
Save-the-Date for MANS Public Policy Day
March 12, 2020 - Lansing, Michigan
Registration for the 2020 MANS Public Policy Day will soon be open. 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!
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.
Learning Forward 2020 Cohort
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 a year-long cohort that will shape the way learning occurs in your building.

Join other non-public school administrators from across the state for a year-long cohort focused on creating authentic learning systems that fosters learning for both student and adult 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 - Readiness Assessment and Registration Launch
  • April 28-29, 2020 - Session One: The Principal's Role as a Learning Leader
  • June 17-18, 2020 - Session Two: Establishing and Maintaining a Culture of Continuous Learning through Teacher-Led Learning Teams (PLCs)

VAEI NexGen Inquiry-based Science Cohort
The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative is excited to partner with the Van Andel Education Institute to offer a second year of sustained professional development event for science teachers in grades Kindergarten through 12th.

This year long training will offer teachers:
  • An interactive opportunity to experience an investigation that models inquiry-based science.
  • Strategies for successfully incorporating a process of scientific inquiry as well as a classroom culture of thinking and collaboration.
  • Access to VAEI lessons aligned to standards and ready for implementation and customization.
  • Easy-to-implement strategies that support the processes of scientific inquiry and engineering design, scientific habits of mind, and a rich, collaborative learning environment.
  • Development of a portfolio to support inquiry-based science learning.
  • Support in implementation throughout the year with individualized action plans and frequent feedback loops.

This training is valued at over $1,000.00 and is offered to Michigan non-public schools for only $100. All workshops will be held in Lansing, Michigan and will include lunch.

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.

MESC Professional Learning Grant Opportunity
The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is pleased to offer a limited number of professional learning grants to Michigan's non-public schools. Grants of up to $5000 are available based on the guidelines contained in the 2019-20 Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative Professional Learning Grant. The purpose of these grants is to increase student achievement by improving the quality of instruction and to encourage the growth of professional learning systems in non‐public schools.

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
Bring Student-Centered Learning to Your Classroom
BOGO50 or 20% off Teacher Boost! 
Are you ready to bring student-centered learning to your classroom? Teacher Boost is a day-long, face-to-face training event where you’ll learn how to transform your classroom into a student-centered environment and walk out with a plan for improving learning design. Over the next several months, the Michigan Virtual team will be traveling all over Michigan to host this innovative professional development session in Ingham, Wayne, Kent, Monroe, and Lansing. 

For a limited time, Michigan Virtual is offering Teacher Boost tickets buy one get one 50% off for teachers interested in bringing a friend or — if you'd rather go solo — 20% off a single ticket with the promo code 20FORME. Participants will earn 6 SCECHs, and lunch is provided! 

“GoOpen Michigan” Online Toolkit
The Regional Educational Media Centers Association of Michigan (REMC) has established a #GoOpen Michigan toolkit on its website to provide educators with information about using Open Educational Resources (OER) in education.

MNSAA Accreditation
Get Engaged!
The MNSAA Leadership Council invites you to support school improvement efforts over the coming calendar year. We are seeking volunteers to assist in a number of exciting initiatives:
  • NSBECS Evidence Committee - Work with your peers from across the state to examine and make recommendations for quality evidence sources using the Dashboard for Rubric Scoring.
  • School of Distinction - This committee will inform the new model for recognizing distinctive schools and serve as a peer review for applicants.
  • Endorsements - This group will examine the adoption of endorsements that can be added to MNSAA accreditation.
  • Cross-diocesan visits - MNSAA is seeking up to 20 individuals to serve on accreditation visits outside of their diocese to help identify best practices from across the state.

Each of these committees is ideal for administrators and teacher leaders wishing to better understand the National Standards and Benchmarks. The committees will be convened for a face-to-face meeting in 2020 and then have the option to work virtually.

Please contact Angelia Salas at for more information or to volunteer.
Innovative Solutions
School Committee State Continuing Education Clock Hours
Mentoring a new teacher or administrator? You can earn 25 SCECHs each semester, with a maximum of 75 SCECHs for mentoring in a five-year renewal period.

MANS is your SCECH coordinator for professional development, accreditation site visits, mentoring, and participating on school committees. Contact Shelley Long at 517-372-0012 or for complete SCECH information.

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 Robo E3 3D Printer for your classroom.  Enter by November 30, 2019! 

Congratulations to the October MANS Member Winners!
  • Northpointe Christian Middle School - Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School - Lansing, Michigan
  • Faith Lutheran - Bay City, Michigan
  • Legacy Christian Elementary School - Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary School - Traverse City, Michigan
  • Grant Christian School - Grant, Michigan

Meemic: Complete Classroom Makeover
The Meemic Foundation is giving away 12 Complete Classrooms® from Lakeshore valued at up to $10,000 each! From design to installation, winners will work with design experts from Lakeshore to create a customized classroom to meet the needs of PreK-5 grades. No application needed! Just log into your Foundation Club account and nominate yourself to be entered to win.

Puffin Foundation West Grants
The mission of the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. makes grants that advance civic and social justice using the medium of art, such as fine arts, dance, music, theater, creative writing, photography, educational reels, and poetry. Priority is given to artful, creative, and innovative initiatives. Special consideration is given to communities that feel their children are underserved by the arts. Deadline is December 9, 2019.

National School Library of the Year Award
The National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award, guided by American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. These programs empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. Deadline is January 1, 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.