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MANS Events 2014

LearnLeadMANS Administrators' Conference 2014

October 8 - 10, 2014 - Crystal Mountain

Thompsonville, MI



Register now for this premier event for faith-based educators and emerging leaders in Michigan!

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Plan to join fellow administrators to refresh, renew and reconnect at Crystal Mountain Resort in beautiful northern Michigan. Educational leaders from around the state will convene and share ways to continue school improvement as they examine the issues facing Michigan's faith-based schools. The conference promises to be a demanding schedule of professional stimulation, as well a time for reflection and fellowship.

Wednesday October 8

            3:00 p.m. Registration Opens

            5:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

            6:00 p.m. Fr. John Zwers Award Dinner

Thursday October 9 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mike SchmokerKeynote Speaker Mike Schmoker will lead participants in learning precisely where to focus their precious time, efforts and resources to ensure that all students are prepared for the 21st century demands of college, careers and citizenship. You will leave this session knowing both what to do and how to do it, in ways that will yield immediate and significant results. 

Thursday afternoon enjoy a multitude of activity options during free time including a golf scramble, wine-tasting, a salsa cooking class, or just exploring the many features at Crystal Mountain. For dinner, you’ll have the option to dine onsite at the Thistle restaurant, or pre-purchase a delicious buffet meal, or sample an area bistro (it’s a short drive west to Frankfort on Lake Michigan or north to Beulah-Benzonia). Save room for dessert as we gather again at 8 p.m. for an Ice Cream Social with games and prize drawings.

Friday October 10 – 9:00 a.m. - noon

Beerens photoDan Beerens, Senior Fellow for Improvement and Innovation at CACE (Center for the Advancement of Christian Education), and an international speaker, consultant, and author will help us consider the concept of student flourishing and the qualities of a flourishing educational experience. Dan’s experiences with schools around the world in the areas of school improvement, curriculum design, teacher evaluation, and leadership coaching have helped schools implement successful paths from mission to classroom action. You will leave this session with a clearer vision of how your mission connects to the unit level of your classroom teachers and the concrete steps needed to move your school forward. The conference concludes with a "Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving," then lunch and grand prize drawings at noon.

The MANS Board of Trustees encourages principals to identify staff on a leadership track at your school and bring those future leaders with you to the event. Please note that the MANS member registration fee is $310 and the fee for additional registrants from the same school is reduced to $210. Scholarship grants are available - click here for the scholarship application form.


  • MANS Member - Full Conference Registration - $335
  • 2nd person from same school - Full Conference Registration - $235
  • Spouse-Partial Conference Registration - $115
  • Onsite Conference Registration - $335
  • Non-member Conference Registration - $350                       



  • June 15 - Early Registration Deadline - Registration Fees Increase on June 16 
  • May 31* - Scholarship Application Deadline- *After May 31 contact your Superintendent regarding available scholarship funds
  • May 31 - Fr. Zwers Award Nominations Deadline
  • September 1 - Conference Registration Cancellation Deadline
  • September 15 - ALL PAYMENTS are due to MANS
  • September 15 - No Refunds after September 15, 2014 


cottage crystalThe lodging at the resort is beautifully designed, nestled at the foot of Crystal Mountain. There are traditional hotel rooms and suites, plus a variety of cottages, condos and even homes that have kitchens, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, decks, recreation areas, etc. We strongly encourage sharing lodging with colleagues to truly experience this remarkable setting. Pricing is also optimized when accommodations are shared. Please note that when making your lodging arrangements, it's best to inquire about all of the options when you contact the resort. They're the experts!


Betsie CrystalThe planning committee has worked hard to design a quality event that will enrich, inform and inspire. Don't miss this opportunity to grow, to network with colleagues in faith-based education, to earn SCECH credit, and relax in Pure Michigan splendor. 


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