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MESC Professional Learning Grants

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is pleased to offer a limited number of professional learning grants to Michigan's non-public schools. Grants of up to $5000 are available based on the guidelines contained in the 2019 Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative Professional Learning Grant. The purpose of these grants is to increase student achievement by improving the quality of instruction and to encourage the growth of professional learning systems in non‐public schools.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Data driven: applicant must demonstrate that the proposed plan reflects documented instructional needs in the school(s).
  • Plan of action: applicant must outline the activities, timeline for implementation and method for evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed professional learning plan.
  • Budget: applicant must provide a budget justification outlining all expenses and how they relate to the proposed plan.

Examples of allowable expenses include contracting with instructional coaches, in‐service events for staff, peer exchanges, conference attendance, and the purchase of instructional tools aligned with professional learning goals. This list is not exhaustive but is meant to provide a sample of allowable expenses that can be requested through this grant.

The review committee will only consider applications from non‐public schools registered through the Michigan Department of Education Nonpublic School Membership Report as of January .

Applications must be submitted using the online application form by 12:00 p.m. on January 14, 2020. Click here to learn more about the grant application process.

EPIC Project-based Learning

What is Project-based Learning? Join Trevor Muir as you learn through hands-on activities how to brainstorm, plan, and manage projects. Using project planning tools, participants will start designing their first projects, and will be equipped to finish the designs on their own and with their collaboration teams.

February 28, 2020 - Lansing, Michigan

The cost for this training is $25.00 per person and includes lunch.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available.

VAEI: Blue Apple Project-based Learning

Teachers want to create memorable, meaningful learning experiences where students apply critical and creative thinking to real-world problems, but who has the time?! The Van Andel Education Institute's approach to project-based learning involves engaging students in projects that matter through cross-curricular content, real-world connections, and collaboration opportunities. Teachers will explore several project-based learning units, discover practical strategies for integrating their content, and gain insights into creating a classroom culture that supports curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Teachers will receive personalized instruction in project-based learning and leave with customized project plans that will wow their students.

  • April 22, 2020 (Grades K-6)
  • April 23, 2020 (Grades 7-12)

The cost for this training is $25.00 per person and includes lunch.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available.