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:


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


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.


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.



Registration for our annual State Conference is now open! This year's conference's them is Life Long Learning: We Inspire the Desire! Keynote speakers will be Wayne Jennings, Nikhil Goyal and Michael Veck! The conference will be February 7th, 8th and 9th at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Register on or before December 15th and you'll receive a $30.00 reduction in your registration fees.

Remember that presenters can also receive a $30.00 reduction in their registration fees. The Presenter RFP can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/yc69qrcj. Submit your presenter request as soon as possible and Chris Bodick will send you a code to use for registering as a presenter and to receive your presenter discount.

Register for the 2018 Annual MAAP conference by going to the following link:

Conference Registration


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

Vendors and Exhibitors

We still need your help in recruiting vendors and exhibitors. Please talk to vendors who you would like to see attend and encourage them to contact Deanna Chiodo at deanna.chiodo@isd728.org for more information. Yes, there will once again be vendor/exhibitor bingo and a scavenger hunt at this years conference!

Here is the letter that we provide to vendors, so they know what is expected of them, and what the costs are.

Vendor Letter

Hotel Information

The designated conference hotels are the Mankato City Center Hotel (we have 100 rooms available at $91.00 per night) and the Hilton Garden Inn (we have 60 rooms being held at $94.00 per night). When making plans, don't forget the hotel tax rate is 10.875%. The deadline for special hotel rates is January 17, 2018. Reserve your room now!

Networking Extravaganza

Plans are being made to provide another great opportunity for conference participants to professionally dialogue and yes, even laugh!

Conference Flyer

Here is a copy of the conference flyer that you can use to publicize the conference. Click on the picture to get a copy of the full-sized flyer:

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Keynote Speaker: Wayne Jennings
Transforming Schools

Wayne Jennings has for more than 60 years inspired, encouraged and promoted research-based improvements in public schools. He has been an active member and advisor of MAAP since its beginnings 35 years ago.

Nikhil Goyal
Schools on Trial>

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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.

Michael Veeck
Fun is Good

Mike Veeck is a nationally renowned speaker, entrepreneur, college professor, marketing, promotions and advertising expert as well as an owner of several successful minor-league baseball clubs and the business consulting firm, Fun Is Good.