2018 Education Conference & Expo

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October 18, 2018 8:00 am
October 19, 2018 3:30 pm
187 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI, United States   View map

2018 Education Conference and Expo: Educating with Passion and Purpose

The MANS Education Conference and Expo brings together school leaders, teachers, and staff from member schools across the state. Enjoy two days of professional development, sharing with colleagues, and the unique opportunity for fellowship with the Catholic, Lutheran Schools – Missouri Synod and Christian Schools International communities in Michigan. This premier event is the only one in Michigan to gather together faith-based educators with a commitment to Christian mission and excellence in education.

Registration is now open!
Click here to register


Registration Details:

Early bird deadline extended!
$195 September 1, 2018 and later
Non-member $225.00
Stakeholder Day – Friday only $50.00
College Student $50.00
All conference registration payments are due by: September 14, 2018
Refund policy: no refunds after September 14, 2018. Substitutions may be made at any time by emailing the University of Cincinnati at event.services@uc.edu or by calling 513.558.1810.
Cancellation policy: cancellations must be in writing and received by September 14, 2018. All cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee.

Title Funds:
Title IIA funds have been approved for this conference at 95%. Click here: Williams – 2018 Title IIa approval for the Title Funding Letter from the Michigan Department of Education.

Title Fund Payments:
If a registrant does not anticipate Title Funds will arrive at University of Cincinnati by September 14, 2018 the registrant must pay the registration fee(s) by September 14, 2018 and then be reimbursed. University of Cincinnati will issue reimbursement to registrant’s school when Title Funds are received at University of Cincinnati.

Check Payment:
Make checks payable to University of Cincinnati and send to:
University of Cincinnati
MANS Conference
P.O. Box 210217
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

Downtown Grand Rapids Parking Map

Conference Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Become an Event Sponsor or add an annual Business Partnership for no additional fee, and sustain your connection to our member schools throughout the year. Business Partner Sponsorships include everything the Event Sponsorships offer plus extra perks throughout the year!
Premier: $7,500
Impact: $5,000
Supporting:  $2,000
Click here for complete sponsorship information: Sponsorship Material

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Information & Fees:
Price per booth: $650 for standard booth or $800 for premium booth (indicated by outline on the floor plan)
Exhibitor fee includes: one 10’x10′ exhibit booth space with one skirted 6′ table and two chairs, 8′ high back drape and 3′ high side drapes and one identification sign.
Booth set up: Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours: Thursday, October 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Booth tear down: booths may be dismantled on Friday, October 19 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (dismantling prior to 2:00 p.m. is not allowed – thank you for understanding).
Exhibitor presentations: additional $225 (included in Premier and Impact Sponsorship levels).

To become an exhibitor, register now by clicking here.

Hotel Information:

There is a block of rooms reserved at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for conference attendees. Room choices are now limited to King rooms only at the rate of $159.00 per night plus applicable taxes and fees. To reserve a room, please click here, or you may call their reservations desk at 800.253.3590 or 616.776.6450 and tell them you are making reservations with the MANS – Michigan Association of Non-public Schools block of rooms. Please call one of these two numbers to receive the room block rate! Hurry to make your reservations, as of September 14 there are only a few king rooms left on October 18!

The cutoff date for reserving rooms in this room block is September 16, 2018.

ArtPraise 2018

We invite each of you to help celebrate our schools and young artists during a special initiative called “ArtPraise.” This is an art showcase and competition in the spirit of Grand Rapids’ celebrated Art Prize which will highlight the talents of our young artists using photography, drawing, painting and sculpture. Visual art submissions will be displayed at exhibitor booths throughout the expo hall and participants will vote for their favorites throughout the event. All submissions will be highlighted on social media and there will be prizes for first, second and third place winners. For additional details, please email either Suzi Furtwangler: sfurtwangler@stthomasgr.org or Molly Koll: mkoll@m-a-n-s.org

Click here for the ArtPraise Call for Artwork.

Agenda (subject to change):

Day One – Thursday, October 18, 2018

Click here: Conference Preview for the detailed list of breakout sessions.

  • 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Registration Available
  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Gathering, Devotions, and Keynote
  • 11:00 a.m. – Exhibit Hall Open
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – STREAM Lunch in Exhibit Hall (music, science, religion, technology, unconference sessions, etc.)
  • 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Sessions (Either 75 minute or 135 minute sessions available)
  • 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Excursions
  • 4:30 p.m. – Barbara Stork Memorial 5k
  • 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Optional Activities

Day Two – Friday, October 19, 2018

  • 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. – Gathering and Devotions
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Sessions
  • 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Lunch in Exhibit Hall
  • 3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

2018 Education Conference & Expo

Educating with Passion and Purpose