Welcome to the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs Webpage!

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


From Lars, Executive Director and Danyika, Policy Director:

I am reaching out about a new Equity Fellowship that we are launching (more info below from our e-blast last week). Fellows will work with us to draft a new guide for educators and school leaders wanting to design and implement student-centered with an explicit equity lens. Fellows will also serve on our Policy Advisory Council for the year, to help shape our policy priorities. This is a compensated fellowship.

The deadline for applications is soon, next Monday June 29th.

We've been blown away by the applications we've received so far. I think this will be a great networking and leadership development opportunity for fellows.

Equity Fellowship

2020 Alchemist

Here is the 2020 Alchemist

2020 Alchemist
To lead, promote, & support inovative learning experiences
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What's Up Next?

Alternative WebEx Topics

A Message from Sally Reynolds

Our hope is that all are well during this time of planning. As we begin a new school year, which will clearly be unlike those in recent memory, we are focused on supporting alternative programs around the state. Attached are WebEx sessions by date and topic. No registration is required for these events. Joining information is included under each – please share with others who may be interested. Don’t hesitate to email us at MDE.AlternativeLearning@state.mn.us .

Alternative WebEx Topics

We encourage you to share with colleagues and those new to alternative programming.

Best Regards,

Sally Reynolds
Alternative and Extended Learning Specialist
651-582-8567 |

Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113

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 are some other resources you may find useful:


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

What Resources Have You Found Useful