MANS Weekly Update

March 22, 2024

Please note there won't be a Weekly Update next Friday

due to the observance of Good Friday.

Important Updates

Auxiliary Services - Important Upcoming Date 

Did you know that school districts must alert nonpublic schools regarding the provision of auxiliary services? Michigan Administrative Rules R.340.293 says:

"A school district providing any of these auxiliary services shall notify in writing, no later than April 1 of each school year, each of the nonpublic schools within its district as to the nature and extent of such services as contained in its proposed budget. Within 30 days after receipt of such notice, nonpublic schools shall in writing notify the district as to the services that will be  needed  for  nonpublic schoolchildren. A school district shall confirm in writing no later than August 1 of each school year to each of the nonpublic schools within its district the nature and extent of such services as contained in its final budget as adopted by the school district board of education."

MANS encourages every school to be on the lookout for this notification from its resident school district. If you do not receive the written notice, we encourage you to reach out and confirm your district is not using Auxiliary Services for the 2024-25 school year. 

Auxiliary Services Statute

MANS 2024 Education Conference and Expo Call For Presenters - DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Michigan Association of Non-public Schools invites you to share your expertise and insights at the upcoming MANS Education Conference and Expo. Education professionals, your contributions can enrich the conference experience for attendees and inspire meaningful dialogue. We welcome you to submit a session proposal that highlights innovative approaches, best practices, and emerging trends in education. Join us in shaping an impactful program that empowers educators and fosters excellence in teaching and learning. Deadline to submit sessions has been extended to March 29, 2024!

Important Dates:

  • March 29th - Call for Presenters Submission Deadline
  • April - Presenters notified about proposal selections and Conference registration opens
  • July - Presenters notified when their session is scheduled
  • September - Early bird registration ends
  • October 17 & 18 - MANS Education Conference & Expo
Call for Presenters

Save-the-Date for MANS School Law Seminar - June 14, 2024

Nonpublic school administrators are encouraged to attend the 2024 School Law Seminar – designed to allow you to engage with and learn from practitioners and others on important legal issues facing schools and sharing information on the latest legal developments. The knowledge gained from this event is helpful for administrators to navigate legalities surrounding education. By attending, administrators will be empowered to proactively address legal challenges and implement effective policies within their schools.

Save-the-Date for MANS Creating Pathways - July 26, 2024

Creating Pathways is a professional learning opportunity tailored for school secretaries and administrative assistants in Michigan’s nonpublic schools. Participants will spend the day networking with peers, exploring technology, safety protocols, mental health awareness, and reflect on faith within their roles. Creating Pathways empowers school secretaries and administrative assistants with the knowledge and tools to effectively contribute to their school’s success while embracing the challenges and opportunities that shape their roles.

Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC)

Scholarships for the Program For Inclusive Education (PIE) - Deadline Approaching!

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is offering five partial scholarships to participate in the University of Notre Dame, Alliance for Catholic Education, Program for Inclusive Education (PIE). PIE is an 18-credit hour program for educators employed in Catholic schools/(arch)dioceses. The program offers a licensure track for eligible teachers who wish to pursue additional licensure in Mild Intervention upon program completion. For applicants without a teaching license or who are already licensed in special education, PIE offers the opportunity to further develop their expertise in meeting the needs of diverse learners through a unique Catholic school lens. Join PIE and more effectively welcome, serve, and celebrate all students!


MESC is offering five $5,000 scholarships. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Angelia Salas.

State Updates

School Safety Funding Opportunities

Pursuant to Public Act 93 of 2022, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announces the availability of limited funding opportunities specific to school safety. These funds are remaining from previous application opportunities and will be open until funding has been depleted. This is for Sections 97c and 97d funding. Schools that previously received funding for these sections (school safety assessments and mapping) are not eligible. The application process will be done via email, on a first-come, first-served basis until funding has been depleted.

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MDE Office of Educator Excellence – Comment Period Open on Proposed Changes to Administrative Rules

The Michigan Department of Education Office of Educator Excellence (OEE) is proposing changes to the following administrative rules: Teacher Certification Code, Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Tools, and School Social Worker Certification Code. Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 19, 2024. For more information about these changes and how to provide comments, please visit OEE’s public comment webpage.

Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024 – Prepare for Safe Viewing

Michigan's eclipse coverage will range from 75% in the northwest Upper Peninsula to a small area in the southeast Lower Peninsula experiencing totality (100%). Many schools will be engaging in end-of-day dismissal while the eclipse is happening (max coverage at approximately 3:10 p.m.), which means students and families will need information in advance for safe viewing.

Looking directly into a solar eclipse for any amount of time can be damaging to the human eye, so top priority is to prepare for eye safety. Use the following resources to prepare everyone for a safe and exciting learning experience:


The Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College - Freedom Confirmed

In partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center will present Freedom Confirmed, February through April 2024. Complete with presentations, artifacts and displays, it will inspire and educate visitors about Abraham Lincoln's role in the Civil War and the key events that shaped American democracy and rights. 

Although no battles occurred on state soil, Michigan residents played a crucial role in the American Civil War. Learn why Michigan's role in the war was both important and heroic. How did women contribute to the Civil War? We welcome you to participate as we delve into these topics and more.

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Transformative Education Scholars Program (TESP) - Loyola University Chicago

MANS is pleased to announce a partnership with Loyola University Chicago TESP. As a member of the Transformative Education Scholars Program (TESP), a minimum of 12-15 members will complete one of the participating academic degree programs with the benefit of a 30% tuition discount. Scholars will receive a 30% tuition discount each semester of their academic degree program. Discount applies to required courses within the degree program only and does not cover fees or other expenses 


Eligibility for Transformative Education Scholars Program: Must apply to and be accepted to one of the participating academic programs and must be admitted as part of a cohort of at least 12-15 members of the organization.


Participating Degree/ Endorsement Programs include: 


Loyola University Chicago Website
Email for More Information

Resources from Our Partners

Catapult Learning PDNow

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GPS Solutions

GPS Solutions provides a mental health professional who conducts one-on-one, group, and whole group support that focuses on both proactive and reactive ways to promote self-awareness, managing emotions, social awareness, developing empathy, maintaining and repairing healthy relationships, and responsible decision-making. This support is designed for students, staff, and leaders so that the strategies identified can be supported with all stakeholders within the building.

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