Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs


2019 MAAP Conference

We All Do Better When We All Do Better!

The planning for the 2019 MAAP Conference is well under way. We will be back in Duluth this year, so we are looking forward to a tremendous turnout! The video to the right will give you an idea of what to expect from a MAAP conference!


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


DECC Center in Duluth, Minnesota


The registration site is now open. Please use this link to register

2019 MAAP Conference Registration.

Conference Flyer

Here is the flyer for this year's conference:

2019 MAAP Conference Flyer

What Do You Want To Achieve At This Year's Conference

Right before the conference we took a survey of what people who were attending the conference wanted to achieve at the conference. Based on their responses, we have put together the word cloud below to see what are the key points for attending the conference.

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Planning for This 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

Here are descriptions of our two keynote speakers for this year.

Placeholder imageElliot Washor: Mr. Elliot Washor is a Co-Founder of Big Picture Learning Inc. and serves as its Co-Director. Mr. Washor is also the co-founder of The Met Center. He has been involved in school reform for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, video producer, and writer. He has taught and is interested in all levels of school from kindergarten through college, in urban and rural settings, across all disciplines. His work has spanned across school design, pedagogy, learning environments, and education reform and is supporting others doing similar work throughout the world. His interests lie in the field of how schools can connect with communities to understand tacit and disciplinary learning both in and outside of school. He is deeply committed to imagining Big Picture Learning as a ‘do-think-do’ organization, and persistently pushes the boundaries of its design in order to continually innovate practice and influence in the world of education. He has been selected as an educator to watch in Rhode Island and has recently been selected as one of the Daring Dozen – the Twelve Most Daring Educators in the World by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Placeholder imageRoss W. Greene: Ross W. Greene, PhD, is the author of the influential, best-selling books The Explosive Child and Lost at School and a fierce and articulate advocate for the compassionate understanding and treatment of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers. Drawing upon vast clinical and consultation experience and research in the neurosciences, his innovative, research-based Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach – which posits that challenging behavior is the result of lagging skills (rather than lagging motivation) and emphasizes solving problems collaboratively (rather than use of motivational procedures) – has been implemented in countless thousands of families and hundreds of general and special education schools, inpatient units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities.

Request for Presenters

Our conference is especially valuable when we have speakers from our own ranks that can provide us with their practical and useful experience. Once again, we are asking you to seriously consider being a presenter. Here is the link to submit a proposal:

2019 MAAP Conference Presenter Application

Reserve your hotel now!

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Phone: 218-722-1202

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 here are the links for the handouts for both 2017 and 2018:

2019 MAAP Conference Handouts

2018 MAAP Conference Handouts

2017 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 four of the vendors