2023 MANS Public Policy Day
Join us for the 2023 MANS Public Policy Day in Lansing, Michigan!
Join MANS and your nonpublic school colleagues from across the state on March 23, 2023 for the 2023 MANS Public Policy Day. Our annual Public Policy Day is your opportunity to connect with your legislators about the issues that impact nonpublic schools. You’ll become a part of the legislative process while demonstrating the collective impact of nonpublic schools.
Participants will begin the day in the brand new Heritage Hall located in the Michigan State Capitol. Prior to visiting with your legislator, you will hear from policy experts who will help you understand the immediate impacts of broad policy decisions. You will also be provided with the tools you need to make your legislative visit productive and comfortable.
Each participant will be scheduled for team visits with your legislative delegation. Please register as soon as positive to ensure ample time for MANS staff to schedule meetings.
Registration is Closed!
Registration is now closed and appointments with legislators have been made. If you are still interested in attending though, you can reach out to Shelley Long at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do know that no additional legislative appointments will be scheduled and you will be assigned to an already existing visit, which likely will not be in your district.
8:00 AM | Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast – upon arrival attendees will receive a folder with session information and legislative appointment times.
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Sessions – Experts will present on topics that impact nonpublic school communities:
- Michael F. Rice, Ph.D. State Superintendent of Public Instruction joins Public Policy day to address critical issues shared by both public and nonpublic schools if Michigan is to be a top 10 education state. He is requesting questions ahead of time – please submit your questions here.
- Jenell Leonard of Marketing Resource Group (MRG), Michigan leading public affairs firm, will join us in the morning to dive into how nonpublic school leaders can be assets in strategic communications with policymakers, and how public relations, media relations and digital & social media on the local level can make a positive impact on successful advocacy.
- Brian Broderick, Executive Director at MANS and Paul Stankewitz, Policy Advocate at the Michigan Catholic Conference will explain the important policy issues facing nonpublic schools and prepare participants for legislative visits.
11:30 AM | Floating Lunch Depending on Attendee’s Legislative Appointments – Attendees will be provided their legislative meeting times in the morning and attendees can eat lunch when it best fits their schedule.
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Legislative Visits – Equipped with tools and knowledge from the morning sessions, attendees will meet with their school’s Senator and/or Representative in a group setting. These meetings, set up in advance by MANS staff, will give participants the opportunity to share the important legislative issues facing their school community along with making valuable connections for future legislative needs.
Communication Matters: Building Relationships for Successful Advocacy
Jenell Leonard of Marketing Resource Group (MRG), Michigan’s leading public affairs firm, will join us in the morning to dive into how nonpublic school leaders can be assets in strategic communications with policymakers, and how public relations, media relations and digital & social media on the local level can make a positive impact on successful advocacy.
Who Should Attend?
Administrators: As the school leader, administrators will learn valuable information affecting the operation of the school. Connecting with policy-makers is key to forming continued relationships that can make a difference in policy.
Assistant Principals: As an essential leader in your school community, assistant principals will benefit from the information shared during the sessions. Assistant principals will come back prepared to support the principal with important legislative outreach.
School Board Members: Legislative issues can make their way to school board agendas. Prepare your board members with the knowledge and understanding of current legislative issues that could impact their position.
Pastors: Pastors who oversee the operation of nonpublic schools will gain an understanding of the legislative impact schools can have. Connecting with local legislators can impact the entire school and parish community.
Parent Leaders: Parents are a key factor in the legislative process. Consider inviting a parent leader who is passionate about your school community and looking for a way to support the school in an impactful way.