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2019 MAAP Conference

Some great things are happening at this year's MAAP Conventiond. Check out these videos!

Ed Talk Video with Elliot Washor

Fox 21 News Coverage

Special Announcement

Due to the Weather Advisory for the schedule date of February 20th, we are rescheduling the MAAP STARS Day At The Capitol to:

Sorry for the inconvenience but you'll need to contact your Legislators and reschedule your appointments with them as well.

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What's Up Next?

2019 MAAP Convention

Our annual convention is coming up soon. Here are some key pieces of information:

  • Conference theme:
    We All Do Better When We All Do Better!
  • Conference dates:
    February 6-8th, 2019
  • Conference location:
    DECC in Duluth, MN

Important Dates:

  • December 14th: Early Bird Discount Expires...make sure to register for the conference today at http://www.maapmn.org/conference/
  • January 15th: Hotel Room Discount Cutoff Date. Hotel rooms are going for $92 if you book them by the deadline. Follow this link for the Holiday Inn to make your reservation:
    Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs MAAP
  • February 6-8: 37th Annual State MAAP Conference!

Our 2019 MAAP Conference will be here before you know it. The Conference Committee is hard at work putting together the final touches on what is bound to be a fantastic conference. The list of breakout presenters and topics is impressive! The breakout topics presented by practitioners, MDE Staff, and Community Members range from hands on activities/lessons to engaging discussions about how to build resilience in our students who have experienced trauma. There is no doubt that this year’s conference will have a variety of new breakout sessions for everyone to enjoy.

What’s new this year? Thursday is taking on a new schedule than in previous years. There will be no keynote speaker on Thursday. Instead there will be a combination of Large Group presentations that address the concerns and interests of our MAAP Members. Stay tuned, the breakout session descriptions and schedules will be posted to our website in January! We are still in need of presenters...so if your program is doing something that works, fill out an RFP and share your experiences with other alternative educators from across the state. Make sure to check your email from regional directors, as they are sending out presentation idea stimulators that can help you and your staff come up with ideas to present on at the MAAP Conference. Please consider presenting at the conference, you will receive a discount if you are approved. Want to present? Fill out this RFP:

MAAP Conference Presenter Link

Also new to the MAAP conference this year are MDE Share Tables. This time is dedicated for MAAP members to have individual discussion, or round table discussions with various staff from MDE. Have questions about Finance, ESSA, Work Based Learning or more? Make sure to come to the informal, MDE Share Tables on Thursday, February 7th!

Keynote Speakers:

The 2019 Keynote Speakers are Elliot Washor (February 6th at 5:00 PM) and Dr. Ross Greene (February 8th at 8:40 AM). Please see the convention webpage for more information about on our keynote speakers. They are highly sought after and we are excited to have them at our conference in February! On Thursday evening, the Networking Extravaganza will be in full swing. This is an opportunity to meet new people and network with friends and colleagues from all over the state of MN. The Networking Extravaganza will also have a photobooth, raffle drawings ($25 Amazon Gift Cards), a grand prize drawing (ECHO SPOT), cash bar, games and MORE! Make sure to kickback, meet new people and join us at the 7th Annual Networking Extravaganza.

If you haven’t registered for the conference, please make sure to do so ASAP so you can partake in the early bird pricing. See you all in Duluth!

2019 MAAP Conference Registration.
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Let's Discuss

Many times we have talked about setting up discussion pages on our website. Well, here is our first attempt.

Here is an excellent Ted Talk about how to motivate students. After watching the video (it's only 7 minutes and 45 seconds long.), please join in the discussion below on how you use the ideas presented in the video in your school."

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What Do You Think?

January 2019

Our annual conference is fast approaching. We just had our last planning meeting prior to the conference to put the final touches. We would like to know what are your objectives for our conference.

Click on the following link, and give us a short answer to this question. Once we get enough answers to make a word cloud, we will post that word cloud here.

What do hope that the MAAP 2019 Conference will achieve?

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