Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs


2018 MAAP Conference

Lifelong Learning: We Inspire the Desire

The conference is almost here. The committee has been busy putting together an excellent set of presentations, and opportunities for networking. Here are more details about next weeks conference:


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.


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.


2018 MAAP Conference Handouts

We are attempting to go as paperless as we can this year. All the handouts that were in the folders in previous years are now available on the website. Certain key documents will still be printed, but he is the link to this year's handouts:

2018 MAAP Conference Handouts

We have asked presenters to send us handouts so that we can post them on the website. You will find the handouts that we have received under the different Breakout Session pages.


Registration for our annual State Conference is still 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 for the 2018 Annual MAAP conference by going to the following link:

Conference Registration

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!

* The designated conference hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn and the Mankato City Center Hotel. These are the links above for these two hotels. If you call for reservations, make sure that you tell them that you are with MAAP. If you register online, use the code "MPA" for the Hilton Garden and "MAAP" for the Mankato City Center.

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:

Keynote Speakers

We have lined up three keynote speakers for this convention, Wayne Jennings, Nikhil Goyal, and Michael Veeck.

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.


Please support the vendors at our conference. Here are flyers for six of the vendors