Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs

 

2018 MAAP Conference

Lifelong Learning: We Inspire the Desire

It's not too early to begin thinking about our 35th Annual MAAP State Conference. Our Conference Planning Committee is busy selecting keynote speakers and making arrangements for a great time. Some things to note:

Dates

February 7th, 8th, and 9th in 2018

Rates

The conference rates for this year's conference will be $325.00 for one day, $425 for two days and $445 for three days. Early bird rates (prior to December 15, 2017), presenter discounts ($30.00) and full time college student discounts are available.

Location

Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato (the conference is scheduled to move back to the DECC in Duluth in 2019). Special conference hotel rates available at Mankato City Center Hotel and Hilton Garden Inn. Register early to receive the special rates.

 

Presenters

Practitioners make the best presenters! Consider sharing your wealth of knowledge. Alternative education covers a wide spectrum of educational programming and services. A large variety of presentations are needed. Presentations related to special licensure requirements, active or applied learning and/or the conference theme are also appreciated. The presenter application is a very simple process, all you need to do is:

  • Fill out information on the link.
  • Write a brief summary (50 words or less) of your presentation. If possible, include goal(s) of presentation and relevance to conference theme.
  • State presenters’ names, titles, and organizations as you would like them to appear in the conference brochure.
  • NOTE: Due to safety reasons, student presenters will be allowed at this conference only during their presentation time and the students need to be supervised by the staff that they are presenting with at all times. Student work, video productions, etc. are highly encouraged.

Here is the link to RFP for presenters

Request for Presenters

2017 MAAP Conference Handouts

Last year we experimented with a paperless conference. We asked presenters to submit copies of their handouts, and we posted them on our website. Here is what we have for 2017. We will go through the same process for 2018, and post those when available. In the meantime, you can see what the 2017 sessions were.:

Presentation Ideas

MAAP members work in a variety of Learning Options Programs, such as: Contract Alternatives, ALC, ALP’s, Charter, On-Line Schools, Career & Tech, Adult Basic / GED, Mental Health. Teen Parent, Residential, Day Treatment Programs, Recovery Schools, etc. Below are some presentation ideas. Suggestions for other topics are welcome!

Admin Issues
  • Finances
  • Strategic Planning
  • Evaluations
  • Testing
  • Contract for Services
  • Record Keeping and Reporting
  • Student Accounting
  • Student and Staff Handbooks
Legislative Issues
  • Program Autonomy
  • Funding
  • Lobbying and Influence
  • Multiple Measures
  • Site Based Decision-Making
  • Working w/ Legislators and Candidates
  • Graduation Standards
  • Teacher Licensure
Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Labels, Stigma, Teasing, or Bullying
  • Self Injury
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
  • Transition
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Restorative Justice
Curriculum and Instruction
  • Instructional Methods and Strategies
  • Instructional Materials
  • Research-Based Instruction
  • Learning Styles
  • Work-Base Learning
  • Experiential Learning
  • Ind Study and Project-Based Learning
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction
Cultural Competency
  • Culturally Appropriate Services
  • Culturally Specific Perspectives
  • Immigrant Populations
  • Customs
  • Translators
Data Based Practice
  • Charting
  • Planning
  • Survey instruments
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Test interpretation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Quality Management
Support
  • Advocating for Children
  • State, County, Local Agencies
  • College Prep Support
  • FastTRAC
  • Private Agencies
  • Probation
  • Drug Court
  • Other Learner Option Organizations
Psychological Development
  • Brain-Based Learning
  • Relationship-Based Practices
  • Parent-Child Interactions
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Early Intervention
  • Observation, Screening, Assessment
  • Professional Competencies
Transition
  • Continuous Learning Plans
  • Transition Plans
  • School-to-Work
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Military
  • Peace Corps
  • Job Corps
  • College
  • Internships
  • Shadowing
Services and Resources
  • Resources and Funding
  • Community-based Services
  • Model Programs
  • Treatment Programs
Special Ed Issues
  • IEP Processes and Procedures
  • 504 Processes and Procedures
  • Behavioral and Instructional Strategies
  • Positive / Strategic Based
  • Interventions
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Placement in Alternatives
  • Free and Approp. Public Education
  • Fair Pupil Dismissal Act
Leadership Skills
  • STARS
  • Student Government
  • Student Entrepreneurism
  • Political Action
  • Service Learning
  • E-lympics
Treatments and Strategies
  • Effective Clinical Treatment Options
  • Effective Alternative Treatment Options
  • Evidence-based Interventions
  • Assessments and Testing
  • Behavior Management
  • Brain/Neurobiological Research
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practices
Abuse, Trauma, Crisis, and Prevention
  • Risk Factors
  • Early Identification
  • Mental Health Screening
  • Dealing with Grief, Crisis, Trauma, or Disaster
  • Physical, Sexual, and/or Emotional Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Navigating the Mental Health System
Other
  • On Line Education
  • Recovery Schools
  • Charter Schools
  • Day-Treatment Programs
  • Teen Parent Programs

Keynote Speakers

We have lined up two of our keynote speakers for this convention, Nikhil Goyal and Wayne Jennings. More to follow.

Nikhil Goyal

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Nikhil Goyal is a journalist and author. He wrote his first book, One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of Schools, while he was still in high school. In 2016, Goyal’s second book, Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice. Sir Ken Robinson called the book, “A blistering critique of the damage and injustices wrought by standardized education…” Although still young, Goyal has been interviewed on MSNBC and FOX, and he has written columns and features for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, VICE Magazine, The Nation, and other publications. Goyal has also had speaking engagements with the Clinton Global Initiative University, Google, Stanford, University of Cambridge, SXSW, LEGO Foundation, among others. In 2013, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Freedom Flame Award. He lives in New York. Nikhil Goyal is one of the youngest advocates for a better education for our learners. He follows in tradition of John Taylor Gatto, Alfie Kohn, Deborah Meier and Pasi Sahlberg, all of who have given keynote addresses at MAAP conferences. He will be traveling the furthest to attend our annual event as he a student at Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Keynote Speaker: Wayne Jennings

Wayne Jennings will be a keynote speaker at our conference this year. More details will follow.