View the Lineup of Sessions

Here is a link to a file that will let you view the lineup of sessions at the upcoming conference.  One file is for the At-A-Glance and the other file is the list with the descriptions of each session.

2016 Duluth Convention Sessions At-A-Glance

2016 Duluth Convention Sessions with description

2016 Vendors

Here is a list of vendors attending our 2016 convention. Have each vendor initial this list and bring it to the MAAP STARS table before dinner on Thursday evening:

2016 Vendors

Annual State Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

We are pleased to announce that we have two excellent keynote speakers for the 2016 Annual State Conference:

Maure Ann Metzger, author of A Prison Called School, will be our keynote speaker on Wednesday evening.

Our keynote speaker for Thursday evening will be Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons.

A more detailed description of our speakers, and details of their books, is in the following document:

2016 Keynote Speakers

Annual State Conference Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Annual MAAP State Conference! Register at this link:

Annual State Conference Registration Site

The conference this year will be at the DECC in Duluth, February 10, 11 and 12, 2016!

The conference theme is:

Building Community, Culture and Character!

Prominent keynote speakers have been identified, they are:
  • Pasi Sahlberg, Author of Finnish Lessons;
  • Maure Ann Metzger, Author of A Prison Called School: Creating Effective Schools for All Learners
Registration fees have been set at:
  • 1 day conference - $275
  • 2 day conference - $375
  • 3 day conference - $395
$20.00 Early Bird discounts will be accepted up until Friday, December 18th, 2016.

Reduced rates are available for full time college students. $120.00 regardless if you attend one, two or three days!

A limited amount of partial scholarships for new attendees are also available. Additional information on scholarships is located on our website.

The Duluth Holiday Inn Downtown has been identified as our designated conference hotel. A link to this hotel is located on our web site.



An extremely successful MAAP STARS Leadership Conference was held November 11th and 12th.  Here is a video highlighting the key points of the conference:

MAAP STARS Fall Leadership Conference





Every year we recognize the outstanding work that our s staff and schools do to represent the innovative minds of our choice schools!


Staff of the Year


The staff member must exemplify outstanding innovation and leadership in learning options education. The staff member has made a significant contribution to their students, their program, MAAP, and/or their communities. The staff member t should reflect the vision and mission of MAAP. The staff member must be an active MAAP member.

School of the Year


The program/school must provide a model in leadership, curriculum, structure, outreach, outcomes, and innovation from which other schools/programs can take inspiration. The program/school should reflect the vision and mission of MAAP. The program/school must have active MAAP members on staff.



To nominate a staff member or a school, please complete this form by Friday, January 8, 2016.


MAAP Nomination Form

Get your nominations in early!!!



2015-2016 MAAP STARS Manual

Looking for the new MAAP STARS Events Manual for this year. 

2015-2016 MAAP STARS Event Manual

Here is the MAAP STARS Chapter Manual also:

MAAP STARS Chapter Manual

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

The Superintendent of Education has provided us with the following information that schools should include on their websites to explain Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). Please feel free to add this information to your school's website if it is not already there:

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.


There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

Support Services List Serve

Calling all Social Workers, Counselors, School Psychologists, Chemical Health counselors, etc. who are interested in creating a list serve within MAAP.  This list serve will stand as a platform to ask questions of other "like" professionals to better assist students at the ALCs. 

Click Here to sign up.

Highlights of the 2015 MAAP Conference

Here is a video highlighting the key points of the 2015 Conference:


2015 Conference Overview

2015 MAAP Legislative Platform

Check out the MAAP Platform for 2015 Legislative Session. Please read over the platform and contact you legislator to advocate for issues that alternative programs face.



New MAAP STARS Fund Raising Brochure

Please check out the new MAAP STARS Fund Raising Brochure. This brochure highlights all the wonderful features of the MAAP STARS program, and ways that you can help assure the future of this program by making donations to the program.



2015-16 Featured Schools

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