Twenty-four leaders from Catholic schools around the Diocese of Grand Rapids travelled to the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools administrators conference this month.
The Oct. 16-18 event was a professional development opportunity for school principals and other administrators. Sessions focused on building communities of learners in a cycle of continuous improvement; giving precise feedback; distributing leadership; and advocating for their own learning.
During the conference, MANS honored Rev. James Chelich, pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle parish and school in Grand Rapids, with the Fr. John B. Zwers Award. The award recognizes members of the clergy who have a strong history of support for faith-based schools.
The conference took place in Traverse City.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,340 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.