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This website will provide you will all the information of the current activities of MAAP, the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs.

MAAP STARS 2020 Spring Events Conference Is Cancelled

The MAAP STARS 2020 Spring Events Conference was to be held May 7 & 8 at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington. Due to the unfortunate circumstances we all find ourselves in, it’s impossible to hold our annual conference. We know this is a GREAT disappointment to everyone, especially our students and for our MAAP STARS State Officers who would have led this year’s conference.

I will still take nominations for “MAAP Student of the Year” and “MAAP STARS Advisor of the Year” until May 20. We also encourage that student writing and artwork be submitted for 2020 edition of “The Alchemist”, MAAP’s annual literary publication until May 20 as well. The student work for The Alchemist should be emailed to: alchemisteditor@gmail.com and Deb Nelson, our editor, will put the 2020 edition together for us. We’re hopeful it will be an outstanding publication this year!

Here are more details about the cancellation:


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More Good News About Caleb!

Here is some great news about one of our members! Congratulations, Caleb!

Larson Named Finalist for National Rural Teacher of Year

C-I graduate, Pine City teacher is finalist for Teacher of the Year award

Here is some great news about one of our members! Congratulations, Caleb! For Cambridge-Isanti graduate turned teacher at Pine City High School, the turning point in deciding his path in education came during his high school experience and because of the influence of multiple teachers throughout his education. Now Ryan (Caleb) Larson is one of 10 finalists for the 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.

MAAP Teacher Is A Finalist for Teacher of the Year Award

General Guidance on Extended Time

As you can imagine, there many emails about Extended Learning programs. Here is some general guidance for you as you wait for me to reply to your email. Please send future emails to MDE.AlternativeLearning@state.mn.us as multiple people have access to this mailbox and so your question will be answered more quickly.

General Guidance on Extended Time

Albert Lea Teacher of the Year

Great News! Paula Olson, Albert Lea Area Learning Center English Teach and MAAP STARS advisor, was named Albert Lea Area Schools 2020 Teacher Of The Year. She represents alternative education in the very best way possible; as an educator and as a people builder.

Here are two articles from the local Albert Lea media with more details:

Channel 6 News

Albert Lea Tribune

Resources for MAAP Members

By Krissy Wright

Hello MAAP Family,

In light of the mandated school closings because of Covid-19, I would like to stress one of the things that makes MAAP great - the network of practitioners who understand the unique needs of our students and support each other by sharing resources. With this in mind, a MAAP Covid-19 Resources folder has been created. Please share curriculum, online schedules or any other information that you think would be helpful to your fellow MAAP members. Please include your name and contact info with your resources in case there are any questions.

This is a difficult time, but we will get through it.

Thank you for all that you do for your students.

Please contact me with any questions, suggestions or concerns.

Krissy Wright, MAAP President
(507) 351-0422

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Let's Discuss

So Monday we are all going online with our courses. Well, how is that working. This Blog has been set up for MAAP members to discuss what is working for them, and what is not. Please share your ideas, and let's try to help each other.

How Are You Dealing With Covid-19?

What Do You Think?

What Do You Think

April 2020

This is an extremely stressful time. Knowing that others are going through the same process can be reassuring. Some links are listed below that are resources for all us in this time of stress. Also, we have placed a Google form here for people to add resources that they have found particulary useful. Once you add a resource, you can see what others have listed. However, if you just want to see the list, make an entry called "I want to see the list!"

Here is the Google Form were you can add resources that you have found useful:

What Resources Have You Found Useful