Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs


2018 MAAP Conference

Lifelong Learning: We Inspire the Desire

We had a great conference this year. Join us next year in Duluth on February 6th, 7th, and 8th. The video on this page shows some of the highlights of this year's conference.


February 6th, 7th, and 8th in 2019


DECC Center in Duluth, Minnesota


Planning for Next Year's Conference

By Kristyn Martin

Look out Duluth! The 2019 Annual State Conference is coming your way!

Believe it or not, the planning for the 2019 MAAP Conference is underway and we want to bring some changes to our conference next year! The evaluations that were filled out at the end of the MAAP 2018 conference were analyzed, the data was compiled and the information that was provided to us through those evaluation are driving possible (maybe even BIG) changes to next year’s MAAP Conference. For those members who took the time to provide detailed feedback, our organization thanks you!

COMING SOON: We hope to have information to our members about the 2019 MAAP Conference by the end of this summer so members can share promotional materials (including theme, keynote speakers, large group presenters, times/dates, etc.) with their colleagues and/or administrators. CHANGES to the 2019 MAAP Conference will also be made available at this time.

Presenters: Our conference will be as good as our presenters. If you, or someone you know, has a great lesson, concept, strategy, technology secret, or ANYTHING that has proven successful in your programs, please consider sharing during a breakout session at the 2019 conference. Our members are looking for more hands on, practical “things” they can take back to their classrooms and share with their students. The presenter RFP will be made available by the Fall of 2018, so be on the lookout for an email with the information needed to sign up to present at our conference. Remember, “Practitioners make the best presenters!”

Suggestions? We take your feedback seriously. If you have any suggestions for Keynote Speakers, Large Group Presenters, Themes, or changes to the 2019 conference please contact Kristyn Martin at kristyn@jenningsclc.org by June 1st, 2018. The MAAP Summer Board retreat is happening in June and we need to make decisions about the 2019 conference at this time.<

MAAP 2019

  • February 6, 7 & 8, 2019
  • DECC Convention Center
  • Duluth, MN

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.

MAAP Conference Handouts

We attempted to go as paperless as we could the last two years. 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 handouts for both 2017 and 2018:

2017 MAAP Conference 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.


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