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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.

*Click here for the complete list of breakout sessions during the conference.

Click here for the Program-at-a-Glance Booklet.

Click here to download the 2018 MANS Education Conference and Expo mobile application. 

*subject to change

Registration is open until October 14!
Click here to register

Registration Details:

Member $195.00
Non-member $225.00
Stakeholder Day – Friday only $50.00
College Student $50.00
All conference registration payments were 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 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.

Changes & additions to existing registrations: please email to request name changes, additional boxed lunches, or to add excursions to your registrations no later than October 12, 2018. Need a registration confirmation or amount owed emailed to you? Please contact Event Services at the email listed above. Thank you

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

3 to 12 SCECHs have been approved for this conference for eligible sessions. Cost will be $10 for up to 5 SCECHs and $20 for 6 or more SCECHs. PIC numbers are required when submitting your paperwork and applications will not be processed without them. Click here for the 2018 SCECH form.

Conference Evaluations
We welcome your feedback on the 2018 MANS Conference! Please complete the Overall Conference Evaluation and Individual Session Evaluations right in the MANS Conference App. You can also complete the evaluation by clicking here.

Downtown Grand Rapids Parking Map

Dash Parking Areas with free shuttle

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

Shipping to DeVos ahead of the conference? Please ship to:

DeVos Place – Michigan Loading Dock
Attn: MANS (Booth #)
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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:

The room block at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel has been released and the property is full. There are other hotels in downtown Grand Rapids, including the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Grand Rapids Downtown where we have a small block of king size rooms. This property is located at 433 Dudley Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. This is about one mile from the conference locations. Grand Rapids has a “Dash Route” which are pink buses that offer free transportation.

You can also contact Experience Grand Rapids for additional hotel information.

ArtPraise 2018

We are looking forward to celebrating our schools and young artists during “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: or Molly Koll:


Day One – Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • 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.) Enjoy the pre-purchased box lunches or lunch from the concession stand!
  • 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 10:00 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. Enjoy the pre-purchased box lunches or lunch from the concession stand!
  • 3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

*Click here: 2018 MANS Education Conference and Expo

for the detailed list of breakout sessions. Please note: there is no pre-registration for individual workshop sessions. Those will be filled first-come first-served. The rooms hold from 40 to 460 people, but we encourage folks to arrive in time to gain entrance to their desired sessions.

*subject to change

2018 Education Conference & Expo

Educating with Passion and Purpose