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Join us for our 31st

Annual Winter Confer-


ence . This year we have a
Pre-Conference that is
Wednesday at 10:00 !
FEBRUARY 19, 20 AND 21
Duluth
Entertainment
Convention Center
Diverse, Personal an d
Purposeful Learning
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
Lake Superior
Ballroom L
Connecting the Dots: Data-Informed School
Improvement Planning
Deborah Luedtke &
John Gimpl
Gooseberry 1 ADM is Revenue Sharon Peck
Gooseberry 2 High School Graduation: Take it Personally Alexia Poppy & Lea
Dahl
Gooseberry 3 Work Based Learning- the Youth
Apprenticeship Approach
Al Hauge
Split Rock 2 Wilderness Inquiry - An Outdoor Adventure Wilderness Inquiry
Staff
French River
Room 1
Leading for Action: Data-Informed
Leadership
Deborah Luedtke
French River
Room 2
Reaching and Teaching Stressed Students Eliza Kelly
Lake Superior L
Moving Ahead: Data-Informed SMART Goals
John Gimpl
Gooseberry 2 Student Engagement, How to lay the
groundwork for authentic involvement of
students in decision making
Eric Billiet
Gooseberry 3 Changing the Perception of Alternative
Programs
Kathy Johnson
so
Split Rock 1 Overcoming FEAR (False Evidence
Appearing Real): Solidifying Metrics for High
Quality Alternative Schools
Sara Paul &
Minneapolis
Federation of
Alternative Schools
(MFAS) Directors
Wednesday Breakout Sessions D 2:20 to 3:20
Wednesday Pre-Conference Session 10:00 to 12:00
Wednesday Breakout Session A 1:00 to 3:20
Wednesday Breakout Sessions B 1:00 to 2:00
Wednesday Breakout Session C 2:20 to 3:20 & 4:00 to 5:00
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
Split Rock 2 Secondary GPS LifePlan: Helping Students
Set Goals and Make Plans to Succeed
Randy LaFoy
French River
Room 1
Supporting Students At-Risk: Minnesota
Early Indicator and Response System
Cammy Lehr & Angie
Johnson
French River
Room 2
The Student Movement and Defending K-12
Public Education
Stephanie Rivera
Lake Superior L "Breaking My Neck, Screwed My Head on
Straight!"
Donald Bania
Gooseberry 1 Hydroponics in the Science Classroom Jeff Foss
Gooseberry 3 Summer Migrant Education Programs Noemi Trevino
Split Rock 2 Beating the Real Tests- Part 2 [There is no
Part 1]
Hope Grover
French River
Room 1
Career Pathways and Career and Technical
Education (CTE) Advisory Task Force and
Career Ready Collaborative
Sue Boehland
French River
Room 2
The Assault on Public Education Bill Zimniewicz &
Kristyn Martin
Lake Superior L Resilience and Grit Aaron Grimm
Snacks and Vendors 3:20 to 4:00 Fitzgerald Hall
Wednesday Breakout Sessions E 4:00 to 5:00
Keynote Speaker: Lynn Stoddard 5:15 to 6:15 Lake Superior Ballroom J
Dinner: On You Own
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
French River
Room 1
Special Education Goal Bank Collaboration Theresa Boisjolie &
Josie Pitts
Reception Area Recovery Schools in Minnesota Traci Bowermaster
Gooseberry 1 School Rampage Shooters and Mental
Health
Tom Hoffman
Gooseberry 2 Taking Risks Jamie Sandberg
Gooseberry 3 Transforming Traditional Classroom: Project-
Based Learning Experiences in Traditional
High Schools and Credit Recovery
Ryan Oto & Jill Merkle
St. Louis Room Refocusing Students Back on the "3 Rs -
Reengagement, Rehabilitation, and
Redemption: Four Strategies for
Establishing Community-Building Within a
Native American Focused Program
Joe Hobot
Split Rock 1 Plays Were Never Meant to be Read Ethan Johnson
Split Rock 2 Personalized Learning Using Projects Keven Kroehler
French River
Room 2
Building Community Through Sports and
Recreation
Ryan Haasch, Zach
Fjelstad, & Anna
Landes Benz
Lake Superior L Explore Service-learning, an Innovative
Teaching Strategy
Michelle Kamenov
Lake Superior MN Reaching and Teaching Stressed Students Eliza Kelly
Harbor Side 205 Establishing Your Brand Josh MacLachlan
Lake Superior O ALC Finance / MARSS Discussion Diane Gjerstad
Harbor Side 302 Let's See the World Together! Karen Fleming
Harbor Side 202 Personalize with Moodle Jon Fila
Harbor Side 203 The State of Alternative Programs Mary Barrie
Thursday Breakout Session F 8:30 to 10:50
Registration 7:30 to 5:30
Breakfast 7:30 to 8:15
Thursday Breakout Sessions G 8:30 to 9:30
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
Gooseberry 1 Online Learning: A Journey Through the
Past, Present, and Future
Renee' Parcheta, Amy
Larsen & Dan Ondich
Gooseberry 2 Why Hope? Keven Kroehler
Gooseberry 3 Math You can Use on Monday Tom Wendt
Split Rock 1 Murder Mystery: Teaching Forensics in the
classroom
Amy Emerson
Split Rock 2 What do I do with All of this Technology Brady Baxter
French River
Room 2
The Alternative Book Club Sara Stocco & Val
Honey
Lake Superior L WBWF - World's Best Workforce Legislation Steve Dibb - Assistant
Commissioner
French River
Room 1
Educating for Human Greatness Lynn Stoddard
Lake Superior MN Project-Based Learning for Algebra - Get
Students Involved
Dennis Bowman
Lake Superior O Special Education Issues and Concerns Bill Derden
St. Louis Room An Unforgettable Learning Expedition Paul Jaeger & DeLon
Musselman
Harbor Side 301 Process Communication Model Speaking
my language?
Jason Colvin
Harbor Side 302 Teacher/student resources, and student
experiences with Dual (High School/College)
Credit courses
Joe Nathan & Marisa
Gustafson
Harbor Side 202 Happy OER Jon Fila
Harbor Side 203 E-College Steve Schoenbauer
Harbor Side 204 ABCs of Great Advisory
Groups/Classes/Cohorts
Dee Grover Thomas &
Hope Grover
Thursday Breakout Sessions H 9:50 to 10:50
Annual Meeting 11:10 to 11:40 Lake Superior Ballroom J
Welcome - Steve Dibb - Minnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner
Lunch, Awards and Slideshow 11:40 to 12:30 Lake Superior Ballroom K
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
Harbor Side 204 The Circle Process Nancy Riestenberg
Reception Area Common Characteristics and Classroom
Issues for Advanced and Gifted Learners
Wendy Behrens
St. Louis Room Sacred Circle Summit Delon Musselman
Gooseberry 1 Online or Unplugged; Multiple Approaches
to Independent Study at White Bear Lake
Area Learning Center
Michael Hamernnick
& Traci Bowermaster
Gooseberry 2 If Students Only Knew Peter Wiezorek
Gooseberry 3 Hungry Children Can't Learn: Year Round
Feeding Options
Jenny Butcher & Deb
Loy
Split Rock 1 Middle Level ALC Models Nancy Birch
Split Rock 2 What do I do with All of this Technology Brady Baxter
French River
Room 1
Debate on a Stick Suzanne Dustrude
Starr
French River
Room 2
IS Online Learning Deborah W. Proctor
Lake Superior L Supporting LGBT Students Ashley Forrest
Lake Superior MN Institute for Democratic Education in
America (IDEA): What's the Connection
between Youth work and Schools?
Ofir Germanic
Harbor Side 205 Project-Based Learning for Algebra - Get
Students Involved
Dennis Bowman
Lake Superior O Can Innovative Practice and MN Common
Core ELA Standards Work in Harmony?
Billie McQuillan & Jan
Parkman
Harbor Side 302 Building Broader Community Knowledge of
Support for your school
Joe Nathan
Harbor Side 202 MAAP STARS Officers Patti Haasch
Harbor Side 203 Yoga and Meditation: For Students and Staff Cate Carlis & Sara
Anderson
Harbor Side 204 Third Party Billing and Why It Matters to You Heather Fjelstad
Desserts and Vendor Fair 12:30 to 1:00 Fitzgerald Hall
Thursday Breakout Sessions I 1:00 to 3:20
Thursday Breakout Sessions J 1:00 to 2:00
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
Gooseberry 1 Science/ STEM Curriculum Share Sada Ganske
Gooseberry 2 Project Based Learning Rodeo Jason Olson
Gooseberry 3 The 7 Day Mural Challenge Brandi Greer
Split Rock 1 Meaningful Targeted Services Programming Nancy Birch
Split Rock 2 Science Through Mobile Devices Chuck Hoppe & Jacki
Uithoven
French River
Room 1
Technology with a Purpose Emily Dirksen
French River
Room 2
The Electronic Library for Minnesota Beth Staats
Lake Superior L "Breaking My Neck, Screwed My Head on
Straight!"
Donald Bania
Lake Superior MN Helping Students Develop Science Concepts John Olson & Doug
Paulsen
Harbor Side 205 A Plan for the Future Andrew Ng
Lake Superior O Standards Based IEPs Simplified Jan Parkman & Billie
McQuillan
Harbor Side 302 Media Activism: The curriculum is the
community"
Paul Creager & Jamie
Tomlin
Harbor Side 202 Preparing for MAAP STARS Competitive
Events
Kip Sackett
Harbor Side 203 Alternative Schools and At Risk Charters
under assault: Solutions? Using Multiple
Measures for state evaluation!
Tony Scallon, Kevin
Byrne, David Bly &
Frank Stucki
Harbor Side 204 School Social Workers: A Critical
Conversation to Have
Deb Howard
Networking Extravaganza 7:30 to 9:30 (Holiday Inn)
Thursday Breakout Sessions K 2:20 to 3:20
Snacks, Vendors and Networking 3:20 to 4:00
Keynote: David Berliner 4:00 to 5:00
Dinner 5:15 to 6:15 (DECC - Harbor Side - 3rd Floor)
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
Gooseberry 1 The Nurtured Heart Approach Karen Jarshaw &
Stacy Nielsen
Gooseberry 2 Plays Were Never Meant to be Read Ethan Johnson
Gooseberry 3 AVID in Alternative Schools: How it Works! Lea Dahl & Jennifer
Kuras
Split Rock 1 What Do Quantum Physics and Ancient
Insights Have to do With
Social/Emotional/Character Development?
Everything. (Part 1 of 2)
Jane Barrash
Split Rock 2 Legislative Update Steve Allen & Wayne
Jennings
French River
Room 1
Technology with a Purpose Emily Dirksen
French River
Room 2
What has Happened to American Education? David Berliner
Lake Superior L Murder Mystery: Teaching Forensics in the
Classroom
Amy Emerson
St. Louis Room Blue Collar Yoga Summit Delon Musselman
Reception Area Institute for Democratic Education in
America (IDEA): What's the Connection
between Youth work and Schools?
Ofir Germanic
Lake Superior
MN and Lake
Superior O
Gallery Walkthrough (A MAAP
Special Presentation)
Kristyn Martin
Gooseberry 1 Taking Risks Jamie Sandberg
Gooseberry 2 Science/ STEM Curriculum Share Sada Ganske
Gooseberry 3 High School for the Recording Arts Tony Simmons
Split Rock 1 Meaning and Mental Health Jane Barrash
Registration and Vendors 7:30 to 12:00
Breakfast and Regional Meetings 7:30 - 8:30
Keynote Speakers: The High School of Recording Arts 8:40 to 9:40
Friday Breakout L 10:00 to 11:00
Friday Breakout M 11:20 to 12:20
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
Split Rock 2 Assessing what matters in the 21st century Nick Pretasky &
Shane Krukowski
"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
At-a-Glance
French River
Room 1
Bringing Science to Life: Are you Looking to
go Beyond Textbooks and Simplified Labs?
Bob Ebsen & Peter
Wiezorek
French River
Room 2
Flipped Reading Classroom Carrie Speh
Lake Superior L TREC (Transition Related Employment
Curriculum)
Steve Schoenbauer
Reception Room Some Experiments with Making Learning
Public
Paul Jaeger
St. Louis Room The Modern Learner - Engagement and the
Digital Native
Vincent Solimine Jr.
Snack for the Road 12:20 - 12:45
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" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Lake Superior L Connecting the Dots: Data-Informed School
Improvement Planning
Deborah Luedtke &
John Gimpl
Gooseberry 1 ADM is Revenue Sharon Peck
Gooseberry 2 High School Graduation: Take it Personally Alexia Poppy & Lea
Dahl
Gooseberry 3 Work Based Learning- the Youth
Apprenticeship Approach
Al Hauge
Split Rock 2 Wilderness Inquiry - An Outdoor Adventure Wilderness Inquiry
Staff
Are the dots being connected in your school's efforts to increase student achievement? Learn about a systemic
framework that connects the dots among school action plans and work occurring in leadership and learning
teams, classroom instruction and student learning. Emphasis will be given to data-informed goal setting and
action planning processes to guide the selection, implementation and evaluation of instructional strategies and
practices. (Deborah is the School Support, Supervisor and John is (John is a School Support Specialist at the
MDE)
This session will describe how student membership is generated and used to calculate average daily membership
(ADM). Samples of ADM reports that are available locally to verify the data will be discussed.(Sharon Peck is the
Education Finance Specialist: Student Accounting from the MDE)
Please join Alexia Poppy and Lea Dahl who will share recent statistics about the current dropout rates in
Hennepin County, including demographics of students who drop out, reasons that students drop out, promising re-
engagement strategies, and several educational models will be highlighted that have demonstrated decreased
dropout rates. They will also provide an overview of the Diploma On! Project, a Hennepin County regional drop-
out re-engagement effort that is currently in nine districts. The goal of Diploma On! is to reduce barriers for
students and to increase graduation rates by outreach efforts to students previously dropped from their school
program.(Alexia is a School Social Worker and Lea is an ALC Principal from District 287)
Youth Apprenticeship/Worked Based Learning Career Development. Wow!!!!! Another great option for students to
build skills toward rewarding careers. This session will provide the information about how to get started, what it
consists of and the benefits to ALL students. Youth Apprenticeship is a "capstone" Work Based Learning
Program. Walking away from this presentation will provide you with all you need to further your community
involvement that only assist with the growth of your students.
Wilderness Inquiry (WI) is dedicated to sharing high quality outdoor adventures. We provide outdoor oriented
adventures throughout North America and around the globe. We also conduct a number of programs designed to
share the benefits of nature with urban youth, families, and people with disabilities.
Wednesday Pre-Conference Session 10:00 to 12:00
Wednesday Breakout Session A 1:00 to 3:20
Wednesday Breakout Session B 1:00 to 2:00
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
French River
Room 1
Leading for Action: Data-Informed
Leadership
Deborah Luedtke
French River
Room 2
Reaching and Teaching Stressed Students Eliza Kelly
Lake Superior L
Moving Ahead: Data-Informed SMART Goals
John Gimpl
Gooseberry 2 Student Engagement, How to lay the
groundwork for authentic involvement of
students in decision making
Eric Billiet
Gooseberry 3 Changing the Perception of Alternative
Programs
Kathy Johnson
Do you ever hear "How can you work there"? Why do some people feel that this is only where "Bad" kids go? This
session discusses how one program is working to improve the community's perception of what an alternative
school is and the population we serve. (Kathy Johnson is the principal/director at Mankato Area Learning Center)
Wednesday Breakout Session D 2:20 to 3:20
This session provides deeper information related to the pre-conference session on Data-Informed School
Improvement Planning. This does not require attendance at the pre-conference session. SUMMARY: This
workshop will provide participants with the understanding of the role of an instructional leadership team and how
the members engage teachers in using data to inform instructional decisions. Participants will learn about tools to
assist in identifying evidence-based solutions and developing action plans. (Deborah is the School Support,
Supervisor at the MDE)
This presentation will provide an overview of the effects of external stressors on brain development and learning
as well as tips and ideas for minimizing the effects of stress and making the most of educational opportunities. By
taking personal stress into account, we can make more purposeful instructional decisions. (Eliza is an ALC
Teacher at Austin ALC)
This session provides deeper information related to the pre-conference session on Data-Informed School
Improvement Planning. This does not require attendance at the pre-conference session. SUMMARY: This
workshop will provide participants with information and processes to set SMART goals for use in school
improvement planning. Participants will explore the recently improved MDE Data Center. (John is a School
Support Specialist at the MDE)
Goal 1: Participants will learn that student advisory is a methodology and process toward achieving goals, not a
goal or product in and of itself. Goal 2: Participants will learn best practices and models for authentically involving
students in decision making, and avoiding harmful pitfalls. Theme: Personal Learning. (Eric is the Expanded
Learning Education Specialist at the MDE)
Wednesday Breakout Session C 2:20 to 3:20 & 4:00 to 5:00
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Split Rock 1 Overcoming FEAR (False Evidence
Appearing Real): Solidifying Metrics for High
Quality Alternative Schools
Sara Paul &
Minneapolis
Federation of
Alternative Schools
(MFAS) Directors
Split Rock 2 Secondary GPS LifePlan: Helping Students
Set Goals and Make Plans to Succeed
Randy LaFoy
French River
Room 1
Supporting Students At-Risk: Minnesota
Early Indicator and Response System
Cammy Lehr & Angie
Johnson
French River
Room 2
The Student Movement and Defending K-12
Public Education
Stephanie Rivera
Lake Superior L " Breaking My Neck, Screwed My Head on
Straight!"
Donald Bania
As a teenager, while enjoying a motorcycle ride around the city lakes of Minneapolis, Don Bania suffered a neck
fracture becoming a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down. Through the loss of his arms and legs, Don
gained a new perspective on life. During his presentation, Don speaks on: Perspective, not only on life, but also
on love of nation, family, school, and a healthy body. He then peels back the "onion", explaining each of these
four points, allowing the students to see all that they have, likened to millions of other children around the world.
(Donald is a motivational speaker) Repeats Thursday at 2:20, Session K
This discussion will focus on the multiple metrics that have been collaboratively developed between the
Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Alternative Schools. The discussion will engage
participants in dialogue about high quality alternative programs that embrace diverse, personal and purposeful
learning. (Sara Paul is an Associate Superintendent for Minneapolis Public Schools)
The GPS LifePlan (Goals+Plans=Success) is a free online referatorium of information your students can use
anywhere 24/7. Find out what colleges and other secondary schools are successfully using 1000s of times a
month. Get details on free lesson plans and meet some of the career based requirements of Minnesota law.
(Randy is GPS LifePlan Media Coordinator at Century College)
The Minnesota Department of Education conducted a study to validate indicators that could be used to identify
students who may need additional assistance to graduate from high school in four years. Participants will learn
about how this information will be used to assist educators to screen and provide supports at multiple levels for
students who are off track to graduation in grades 6 and 9. (Cammy is an Education Specialist and Angie is a
High School Specialist at the MDE)
From Chicago to Philadelphia, to Newark to Providence, students across the United States have been
recognizing their education is under attack--and they have been refusing to sit back and take it. Stephanie Rivera,
a Rutgers University student pursuing her teaching certificate, will be doing a presentation conveying what student
actions have been taking place across the country, and how teachers and other interested allies can help support
their movement, and inspire more students to take action. (Stephanie is Rutgers University student pursuing her
teaching certificate)
Snacks and Vendors 3:20 to 4:00
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Gooseberry 1 Hydroponics in the Science Classroom Jeff Foss
Gooseberry 3 Summer Migrant Education Programs Noemi Trevino
Split Rock 2 Beating the Real Tests- Part 2 [There is no
Part 1]
Hope Grover
French River
Room 1
Career Pathways and Career and Technical
Education (CTE) Advisory Task Force and
Career Ready Collaborative
Sue Boehland
French River
Room 2
The Assault on Public Education Bill Zimniewicz &
Kristyn Martin
Lake Superior L Resilience and Grit Aaron Grimm
Learn about resources from Edutopia and Social and Emotional Learning to help foster these traits in students.
Resilience (bouncing back from adversity) and grit (persevering through challenges) are vitally important to
students overall well being, as well as academic success. Learn how your educational environment can become
one where students thrive. (Aaron is a teacher and advisor at Minnesota New Country School)
Public educationall segments (district, ALCs, ALPs and Minnesota charter schools too)is under attack by
political, corporate and philanthropic institutions. Who are these people? How do they utilize language and
marketing schemes to influence others? What is their end game? What can we do about it? Find out how power
is being harnessed that is threatening schools, kids and teachers. The format for this session will be sharing a
Top Ten list of offenders. (Bill is the director and Kristyn is a teacher/advisor at Jennings Community Learning
Center)
I will inform participants on what has taken place with these two groups this past year. Recommendations from
the task force will be presented to the legislature in February. This task force looked at the connection between
high school, postsecondary, and the workforce. (Sue is the former MAAP President and retired from Freshwater
Education District)
With the GRAD out of the way, our kids can now focus on trying to beat the tests that will actually affect their
future. Similar to the GRAD, the ACT, ACCUPLACER, and ASVAB all have tricks that will increase your scores.
Come and learn how to best prepare your students with both the right information to study and the right tricks to
use to maneuver through the tests. (Hope is from ISD #112)
Come learn about migrant students and their families who come to Minnesota every summer and work in the
agricultural industry and explore ways to foster stronger collaboration of quality educational services for our
diverse learning communities. (Noemi is an Education Specialist at the MDE)
This short presentation will be on setting up a hydroponics growing system known as Nutrient Film Technique.
There will be a materials list as well as growing tips and general discussion. (Jeff is a teacher at Freshwater
Education District)
Wednesday Breakout Session E 4:00 to 5:00
Keynote Speaker: Lynn Stoddard 5:15 to 6:15
Dinner: On You Own
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
French River
Room 1
Special Education Goal Bank Collaboration Theresa Boisjolie &
Josie Pitts
Reception Area Recovery Schools in Minnesota Traci Bowermaster
Gooseberry 1 School Rampage Shooters and Mental
Health
Tom Hoffman
Gooseberry 2 Taking Risks Jamie Sandberg
Investment Game set during the Golden Age of the Netherlands. This instructional unit won the 2013 Minnesota
Council on Economic Education (Thrivent Financial sponsored) Personal Finance Educator Award. The unit
meets state standards in several areas including history, government, and personal finance. It is innovative, fun,
easily reproduced, and includes student assessment. Come. Play. Take and teach. Teachers will also be
introduced to a wealth of free instructional resources and free University of Minnesota graduate credit workshops.
(Jamie is teacher at Runestone Regional Learning Center) Repeats Friday at 11:20, Session M
For my doctoral dissertation, I interviewed three men who committed school rampage shootings. My research
question was "How do 3 young men who committed school rampage shootings describe their K-12 experience.
Part of my conclusion was that these young men were suffering from significant mental health issues when the
school shootings occurred. Come find out some of my other conclusions from my dissertation. (Tom is the
principal at Elk River - Ivan Sand Community High School)
Thursday Breakout Session G 8:30 to 9:30
Registration 7:30 to 5:30
Breakfast 7:30 to 8:15
Thursday Breakout Session F 8:30 to 10:50
This presentation will cover the current status of recovery schools in Minnesota, what is being done to promote
the existence and growth of recovery schools both in Minnesota and across the country and what ALCs can do
for our students coming back from treatment who might not have recovery schools as an option. (Traci is the
Director for Insight Program/ White Bear Lake Area Learning Center)
The goal of this session is to promote collaboration amongst other special education teachers and paras. Our
students have diverse needs and developing academic and transition goals can be challenging. Here's our
opportunity to share with each other goals we have developed so we can freshen up our goal banks. Discussing
school's special education process (Intakes, IEPs and ERs) will be encouraged as well. Let's come together,
share, support, and learn from each other in our special as community. (Theresa and Josie are special education
teachers at Northwest Passage High School)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Gooseberry 3 Transforming Traditional Classroom: Project-
Based Learning Experiences in Traditional
High Schools and Credit Recovery
Ryan Oto & Jill Merkle
St. Louis Room Refocusing Students Back on the " 3 Rs -
Reengagement, Rehabilitation, and
Redemption: Four Strategies for
Establishing Community-Building Within a
Native American Focused Program
Joe Hobot
Split Rock 1 Plays Were Never Meant to be Read Ethan Johnson
Split Rock 2 Personalized Learning Using Projects Keven Kroehler
French River
Room 2
Building Community Through Sports and
Recreation
Ryan Haasch, Zach
Fjelstad, & Anna
Landes Benz
Project-Based Learning is quickly developing as a valuable pedagogical strategy to differentiate learning and
empower students. However, much of PBL is done in unique settings such as charter school or alternative
environments. The goal of this presentation will be to demonstrate the successful implementation of PBL in more
traditional high school settings. It will reinforce the value of PBL as best practice for differentiating learning. It will
highlight the success and struggles with students, fellow teachers and administrators in implementing PBL. This
will be followed by a discussion about audience concerns and questions. (Ryan teaches at Lakeville North High
School and Jill teaches at South Saint Paul High School. Both Ryan and Jill teach Project Based Classes for
Lakeville Area Learning Center)
Goal: Our goal is to encourage connections between alternative schools from around the state through the
development and use if a sports rec league. Summary: Have you or your kids ever wondered if you are the only
school of your type in existence or felt that no other school works with the same kinds of kids? we once pondered
the same questions and decided that it was time for our schools to reach out and connect through sports and
recreation. In this session, participants will hear about how a couple of schools from around the metro area
succeeded and failed as they set sports connections. Participants will also have a chance to participate in the
discussion of how to properly establish a state-wide sports and rec-program where alternative schools and
programs can compete against each other in sports such as flag football, basketball, soccer, dodge ball, and
other recreational, low contact sports. Please join us for this session if you are interested in providing athletic
community-building activities for your school. (Ryan and Anna are Advisors/ Instructors at Northwest Passage
High School and Zach is an Advisor Instructor at Jennings Community Learning Center)
This session explains the workings of the EdVisions PBL (Project Based Learning) Model. In this session, we will
discuss why we do personalized Project Based Learning, addressing the future focus and future success. We will
also cover how we do things from a 30,000 foot view. And, you will hear about a typical day at an EdVisions
personalized project based school. (Keven is the Executive Director for EdVisions, Inc.)
Participants will apply strategies to their own teaching of plays in their classroom. This presentation will
demonstrate ways to engage students in literary analysis through play reading, using tape, markers, yarn,
construction paper, and lightsabers. Full group participation is encouraged. (Ethan is a teacher at Fergus Falls
Area Learning Center) Repeats Friday at 10:00, Session L
This presentation examines how a small Contract Alternative Program in Minneapolis has contextualized
indigenous culture within the school in order to create a community of learners able to achieve success. (Joe is
the Education Director at American Indian OIC - Takoda)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Lake Superior L Explore Service-learning, an Innovative
Teaching Strategy
Michelle Kamenov
Lake Superior MN Reaching and Teaching Stressed Students Eliza Kelly
Harbor Side 205 Establishing Your Brand Josh MacLachlan
Lake Superior O ALC Finance / MARSS Discussion Diane Gjerstad
Harbor Side 302 Let's See the World Together! Karen Fleming
Harbor Side 202 Personalize with Moodle Jon Fila
Harbor Side 204 The State of Alternative Programs Mary Barrie
This session will be about the functions and settings within the Moodle (LMS) platform that allow for
personalization. Well cover Completion Tracking, Conditional Access and displaying content for users with
particular sets of needs. This session will also cover the importance of feedback in a digital setting. (Jon is a
Personalized Learning Facilitator with Intermediate District 287).
This presentation will focus on the different types of alternative programs that exist in legislation, what the
requirements and guidelines are and the opportunities they present to us. (Mary is the Alternative Learning
Education Specialist at the MDE)
J oin in for a discussion about direct reporting MARSS, calculating ADM for Seat-based, Independent Study,
Middle Level, Work Experience and Targeted Services. What works in creating and revising budgets, starting up
new Targeted Services sites, working with MN Common Course Catalog, and finding solutions that work with the
day-to-day operations of an ALC? Bring your questions! After working as a MARSS Coordinator and
Administrative Assistant for an Area Learning Center over the last 24 years I can share what qualities and skills
are needed to be an effective administrative assistant for an ALC program. (Diane is an administrative assistant
for Freshwater Education District)
Explain the importance of developing a brand with regard to developing a schools mission and goals. Describe
our process of developing a brand for our school, including challenges. Facilitate discussion for developing a
brand for specific schools. (J osh is a science teacher at Academic Arts High School)
This presentation will provide an overview of the effects of external stressors on brain development and learning
as well as tips and ideas for minimizing the effects of stress and making the most of educational opportunities. By
taking personal stress into account, we can make more purposeful instructional decisions. (Eliza is a teacher at
Austin ALC)
This session will explain the high quality standards of service learning practice and how it engages students in
real-life problem solving across all grade levels and content areas. How do you build 21st Century skills-
teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and decision-making while demonstrating essential knowledge, skills
and disposition? Explore a step-by-step process take home adaptable project planning tools and templates
Learn and practice classroom activities that encourage student voice Develop a deeper understanding of the
role of reflection Discover information and financial resources that support student projects. (Michelle is the
Service-Learning Specialist for the MDE)
This is a presentation on how to lead students on trips overseas. It will cover how to organize, fund, and teach
students about the world. I have led three trips to Europe and am currently planning the fourth trip. I will include a
packet of information including forms that can be used to organize a student trip. Students gain a world
perspective and the trip allows them to experience other cultures in a very personal way. Show students a
Diverse world, by giving them a Personal and Purposeful Learning experience. (Karen is an advisor/teacher at
Northern Lights Community School)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Gooseberry 1 Online Learning: A Journey Through the
Past, Present, and Future
Renee' Parcheta, Amy
Larsen & Dan Ondich
Gooseberry 2 Why Hope? Keven Kroehler
Gooseberry 3 Math You can Use on Monday Tom Wendt
Split Rock 1 Murder Mystery: Teaching Forensics in the
classroom
Amy Emerson
Split Rock 2 What do I do with All of this Technology Brady Baxter
If you understand the basics of technology, but still feel :In the dark" when it comes to actually using these
technologies properly in the classroom, this presentation is for you! We will discuss the implementation and
streaming of various apps and computer programs (including, but not limited to the Google Suite). Also, I will
share some of my favorite programs and apps that add pizzazz to your classroom. (Brady teaches social studies
at Detroit Lakes ALC) Repeats Thursday at 1:00 Session J)
I created a murder mystery for my forensics class to solve. We started with processing a crime scene in my
classroom. Students then had to solve the mystery by processing evidence, sending in for lab tests, filtering
through electronic evidence and narrowing down suspects to solve the case. Materials Provided! (Amy is a
science teacher at Knights Academy) Repeats Friday at 10:00, Session L
Participants will receive and walk through many stand-alone math activities that are ready for immediate use. The
session will also include introductions to Hands-On-Equations, Algebra Tiles, and an online budgeting and
recordkeeping exercise. Many of these units can be expanded into larger lessons. (Tom is a teacher at St. Croix
Valley ALC)
Students that can set goals, plan for goals, and persist to achieve those goals put themselves in a robust position
for future success. Many years of research light a path on how school might be able to build these valuable traits
in students. This session will look at some of the research, but mostly focus on one possible recipe for building
future success in out students. (Keven is the Executive Director for EdVisions, Inc.)
To provide an engaging, relevant, and effective online program takes a willingness to work with constant change
management, a pulse on legal issues related to online education, an eye to legislative representatives, and
effective documentation and data management. How do you provide an individualized education to every student
while working within the restraints of budget and accountability measures? Is online education effective with the at
risk, revolving door student? This session will provide a look at the past, present and future of an accredited
online program within a charter school and lessons learned through each of the phases as they relate to
education law, technology platforms and vendor relationships, curriculum requirements, student engagement, and
student program opportunities. Attendees will be provided with examples of how online learning options might be
incorporated within their own districts. Come experience a journey through the current world of online learning.
Its not just working out of the box but working in dimensions that have never been explored. A world of learning
by doing. (Renee', Student Services Director, Amy, Principal and Executive Director, and Dan, Principal and
Assistant Director, are employed by BlueSky Online Charter School)
Thursday Breakout Session H 9:50 to 10:50
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
French River
Room 2
The Alternative Book Club Sara Stocco & Val
Honey
Lake Superior L WBWF - World's Best Workforce Legislation Steve Dibb - Assistant
Commissioner
French River
Room 1
Educating for Human Greatness Lynn Stoddard
Lake Superior MN Project-Based Learning for Algebra - Get
Students Involved
Dennis Bowman
Lake Superior O Special Education Issues and Concerns Bill Derden
St. Louis Room An Unforgettable Learning Expedition Paul Jaeger & DeLon
Musselman
Unpacking the Civil Rights Ride. This session will focus on what goes into preparing for and orchestrating an
Unforgettable Learning Expedition. To do so De and Paul will share stories and strategies from an expedition
they co-led last year called the Civil Rights Ride. (Paul is a teacher at Minnesota New Country School and Delon
is retired teacher from Faribault ALC)
Lynn Stoddard will conduct a follow-up discussion to answer questions and suggest ways to use the Educating for
Human Greatness concepts as a framework for redesigning education in schools and homes. He will review each
of the seven powers of greatness, as well as the grand goal: To help students aspire to use their powers of
greatness to be contributors to society. The follow up will also emphasize the importance of teachers and parents
working together to encourage the great potential that lies in themselves and in their children. It will also point to
an ongoing interaction among participants to continue to build the EfHG model for education. (Lynn was the
Wednesday Night keynote speaker)
Hands-on participation on projects that meet guidelines for multiple Minnesota state standards in Algebra 1 and
Algebra 2. By attending this session, instructors will be able to return to their schools and successfully lead the
projects with their students (Dennis is a math teacher at Fergus Falls ALC)
This session will review the Minnesota guidelines on policy and law regarding special education rules. Participants
will be given the opportunity to present concerns related to special education they may have or would like advice
and support on. (Bill is an assistant principal at Burnsville Alternative High School)
This session will assist staff in successfully navigating the components of Worlds Best Workforce legislation and
what is needed to create a locally designed and implemented student achievement plan that addresses the needs
of all learners in the district through locally developed goals and the implementation of effective strategies and
practices designed to improve student achievement. A planning document has been created to provide guidance
to districts on the requirements and goals of the legislation and will be shared in this presentation. This document
unpacks the key components of the legislation and offers suggested best practices for development of local
plans. (Steve is the Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education)
Inspired by Half the Sky, a book and PBS special on global issues faced by women, our school decided to initiate
a thematic book club last winter. Its success propelled us to launch book clubs again this school year. We will
share how we created the reading nook space, how we designed these clubs, how students select which clubs to
join, and more. Come join us and learn all the different ways students can show their learning about books in
creative and original ways! (Sara and Val are teachers/ advisors at Jennings Community Learning Center)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Harbor Side 301 Process Communication Model Speaking
my language?
Jason Colvin
Harbor Side 302 Teacher/student resources, and student
experiences with Dual (High School/College)
Credit courses
Joe Nathan & Marisa
Gustafson
Harbor Side 202 Happy OER Jon Fila
Harbor Side 203 E-College Steve Schoenbauer
Harbor Side 204 ABCs of Great Advisory
Groups/Classes/Cohorts
Dee Grover Thomas &
Hope Grover
E-College is an 8 week high school curriculum that prepares high school students with disabilities for a successful
college experience through direct classroom instruction. One of the unique components of the curriculum is that
it incorporates the mentoring of high school students via email by successful college students who also have a
disability. The curriculum is free and participants will be able to immediately access and implement e-college.
(Steve is the Transition Coordinator at Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative)
This session will be about the vast Open Educational Resources (OER) available to educators under Creative
Commons license that can be used/modified/adapted for classroom use. This session will highlight the resources
available, the terms of use and some tips about how they might be adapted or implemented in the classroom.
(J on is a Personalized Learning Facilitator with Intermediate District 287).
Goal each participant will receive resources she/he can use to help encourage students to participate in one or
more Dual Credit courses, as well as research on the value of these courses, to help students reach their
personal potential. Each participant will receive a DVD with 18 student produced brief videos about the value of
PSEO, College In Schools, Project Lead the Way, AP and IB courses. At least one student of color who has
participated in one or more of these programs will discuss their benefits. Each participant also will receive copies
of booklets with student essays about the value of Dual Credit courses. Well discuss alternative and charter
public schools that are offering these courses. (Joe is the Director and Maris is the Assistant Director for Center
for School Change)
There are times we wish people came with little instruction cards explaining Heres how to reach me. Heres how
to motivate me. PCM will help you understand the personality structure of the students and adults in your life.
You will discover how tailoring your communication will motivate and inspire someone to their fullest potential.
Plus, learn how to provide avenues for creativity and spontaneity to shine. (Jason is the Director of Team Quest)
What does is take to build great advisory settings? How do you take a group of 20 seemingly random students of
multiple ages, from multiple walks of life, and multiple educational backgrounds and convince them to not only
work together, but to value each other enough that they respect each others opinions and educational space?
Come and participate as we continue the discussion of how to build this great enigma! (Dee retired from
Minnesota New Country School and Hope works for ISD #112)
Annual Meeting 11:10 to 11:40
Welcome - Steve Dibb - Minnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner
Lunch, Awards and Slideshow 11:40 to 12:30
Desserts and Vendor Fair 12:30 to 1:00
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Harbor Side 204 The Circle Process Nancy Riestenberg
Reception Area Common Characteristics and Classroom
Issues for Advanced and Gifted Learners
Wendy Behrens
St. Louis Room Sacred Circle Summit Delon Musselman
Gooseberry 1 Online or Unplugged; Multiple Approaches
to Independent Study at White Bear Lake
Area Learning Center
Michael Hamernnick &
Traci Bowermaster
Gooseberry 2 If Students Only Knew Peter Wiezorek
Gooseberry 3 Hungry Children Can't Learn: Year Round
Feeding Options
Jenny Butcher & Deb
Loy
Research shows that hunger affects student learning, Out-of-school-time child nutrition options provide year-
round nutrition to children, help increase learning, program participation and positive behavior while stretching
program budgets. J oin this session to learn about meal options that may support your program. (J enny and Deb
are from the MDE)
Are high schools still relevant? If students truly knew all of their educational options would students still choose
us? An interactive discussion on the future of education. (Peter is the director at Northwest Passage High School)
Circle is a safe and sacred environment, encouraging openness, transparency of thoughts and emotions. We will
present a major Circle capitalizing on the resources of those who have gone before us in the alternative school
movement. There are those who have a wealth of experience and knowledge who will be participating in the
primary Circle and will demonstrate the Circle process. It will be open to a gallery audience observing the process.
With this format the gallery will be able to take in information and insights coming from those in the primary Circle.
The topic of the Circle will be the same as the conference "Diverse, Personal, Purposeful Learning" The Circle
will highlight some of the educational principles of William Glasser and Madeline Hunter correlating to the
conference theme. (Delon is a retired teacher from Faribault ALC)
When the day school format no longer works for our students, Independent Study can become an option. This
presentation will cover how WBL ALC uses a variety of strategies, including online and paper/pencil, to help
students reach graduation through our Independent Study Program. (Michael is English Language Arts teacher
and Traci is the Director for Insight Program/ White Bear Lake Area Learning Center)
School isnt always easy for advanced and gifted learners whose needs often impact classroom behavior and
performance. This session, educators, counselors, administrators and support personal will focus on common
characteristics and issues that impact achievement. Strategies for addressing student needs at home and in
school will be shared. (Wendy is the Gifted and Talented Specialist at the MDE)
The Circle process can be used to teach in a way that engages all students and helps them to work together
respectfully. This workshop will provide an overview of the principles of the Circle and examples of how it is used
in the classroom. Participants will participate in a circle to teach and develop an outline of a circle to introduce a
new unit of study. (Nancy is the School Climate Specialist at the MDE)
Thursday Breakout Session I 1:00 to 3:20
Thursday Breakout Session J 1:00 to 2:00
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Split Rock 1 Middle Level ALC Models Nancy Birch
Split Rock 2 What do I do with All of this Technology Brady Baxter
French River
Room 1
Debate on a Stick Suzanne Dustrude
Starr
French River
Room 2
IS Online Learning Deborah W. Proctor
Lake Superior L Supporting LGBT Students Ashley Forrest
Lake Superior MN Institute for Democratic Education in
America (IDEA): What's the Connection
between Youth work and Schools?
Ofir Germanic
What exactly is youth work? The Institute for Democratic Education in America Minnesota Team is rooted in the
field of youth work and youth initiatives. In this session, we introduce youth work in schools through such topics
as: youth work approach in the classroom, the illusion of power, and the power of relationships between school
and youth-serving agencies. This presentation will also include small group sessions. brief dialogues over each
topic, and storytelling. (Ofir is an IDEA Minnesota Senior Fellow) Repeats Friday at 10:00, Session L
Words and terms often have multiple meanings. As the use of technology and online resources grow an
understanding of how our state defines and approves online learning and independent study programs may
decrease the terminology creep. This presentation will focus on differences between IS and Online Learning,
share a few OER resources to support teaching and learning in independent study course, and introduce (or)
remind attendees of the power of Personal Learning Environments. (Deborah is the Online and Digital Learning
Specialist for the MDE)
In one tidy hour, whip your students into a thinking frenzy that will have them buzzing in the halls the rest of the
day. Participate in the debate or simply watch. Leave with a simple, proven method for running a successful no-
prep debate with your students tomorrow. (Suzanne is a teacher/ advisor for Northern Lights Community School)
If you understand the basics of technology, but still feel :In the dark" when it comes to actually using these
technologies properly in the classroom, this presentation is for you! We will discuss the implementation and
streaming of various apps and computer programs (including, but not limited to the Google Suite). Also, I will
share some of my favorite programs and apps that add pizzazz to your classroom. (Brady teaches social studies
at Detroit Lakes ALC) Repeat from Thursday at 9:50 Session J
This presentation is a discussion and activities on how to best support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and
questioning students in our classrooms and our schools. Focus will be on how to create safe spaces, and how to
adapt teaching strategies to be as inclusive as possible for all students. Activities on relationship building will be
used to extend what we have discussed. (Ashley is a Humanities Instructor at Academic Arts High School)
The presenter will share their current school within a school model for middle level ALCs including how to create
support from administrators and teachers, logic model, affordability, social emotional support, and program
evaluation. Information on the Check and Connect program and AmeriCorps Promise Fellows will also be
included. Participants will be asked to share information on their current middle level program. (Nancy is the
Targeted Services District Coordinator for Burnsville Area Learning Center)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
HarborSide 205 Project-Based Learning for Algebra - Get
Students Involved
Dennis Bowman
Lake Superior O Can Innovative Practice and MN Common
Core ELA Standards Work in Harmony?
Billie McQuillan & Jan
Parkman
Harbor Side 302 Building Broader Community Knowledge of
Support for your school
Joe Nathan
Harbor Side 202 MAAP STARS Officers Patti Haasch
Harbor Side 203 Yoga and Meditation: For Students and Staff Cate Carlis & Sara
Anderson
Harbor Side 204 Third Party Billing and Why It Matters to You Heather Fjelstad
Yoga has been proven to have physical, mental and emotional effects that will help students overcome barriers to
learning. Benefits such as reduced stress, improved focus and attention, awareness of breath and cognitive
habits can help students and staff alike make the most of the school day. In this session we will share details of
NWPHSs recent yoga and meditation workshop and discuss options for your school. We will also practice what
we preach and do a short yoga and meditation activity. Mats provided up to 20 participants. Dress comfortably!
(Cate and Sara are advisors for Northwest Passage High School)
Come greet and meet the MAAP STARS Officers for 2013-14. Listen to why STARS is important to them and
what they have to say. Feel free to ask them questions about school experiences. Learn firsthand what a
difference it makes to have educational choices. (Patti Haasch is chair, Tony Duran, Joi Hargrove, Sam Roth,
Ruth Blashack, Tasha Mikulski are the new MAAP officers)
Goal: Help Alternative & Charter Public School Educators build broader support among local businesses &
community groups for their school. Each participant will receive 1) a list of 50 ways to work with community
groups & businesses, 2) Examples of how to build broader support, and 3) List of Reminders for Reformers".
Specific, practical examples will be offered. (Joe is the Director for Center for School Change)
A fresh and interactive look at standards with a n emphasis on learning progressions. You will be able to discuss
with colleagues where your students enter into the learning cycle and how to effectively meet your students
needs. We look forward to hearty discussions about standards, how our students learn and exciting new ways to
streamline learning for each student, (Billie is a principal at Educational Heights and Jan is a Specific Learning
Disability Coordinator, Region 11, for Metro ECSU)
Hands-on participation on projects that meet guidelines for multiple Minnesota state standards in Algebra 1 and
Algebra 2. By attending this session, instructors will be able to return to their schools and successfully lead the
projects with their students. (Dennis is a math teacher for Fergus Falls ALC)
We will address how much you actually need to know about Third Party Billing and how it will really look at your
school. This presentation will address how to make more money for Special Education without spending more
money in your setting as well as the MDE Compliance requirements. (Heather is a special education teacher at
Academic Arts High School)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Gooseberry 1 Science/ STEM Curriculum Share Sada Ganske
Gooseberry 2 Project Based Learning Rodeo Jason Olson
Gooseberry 3 The 7 Day Mural Challenge Brandi Greer
Split Rock 1 Meaningful Targeted Services Programming Nancy Birch
Split Rock 2 Science Through Mobile Devices Chuck Hoppe & Jacki
Uithoven
French River
Room 1
Technology with a Purpose Emily Dirksen
This session consists of three parts: 1) Presentation of classroom tested projects/ lessons for STEM. 2)
Resources and professional development opportunities that have impacted my teaching. 3) Opening the floor to
share ideas and resources for future use. Please bring a lesson/ resource to share. (Sada works for Learning
Alternatives Community School) Repeats Friday at 11:20, Session M
The goal of this presentation is to introduce various websites and apps that can be used in multiple subject area
to create projects or incorporate technology into classroom assignments. I will include websites like Prezi, Voki,
Zooburst, Storybird and iPad apps like ToonTasic, iMovie and Strip Designer (plus more). The ultimate goal is to
have everyone in attendance be able to walk away with new technology tools in which they can incorporate into
their classroom. I will also show examples used in a language arts classroom. (Emily is a Language Arts teacher
at Minnesota Valley Area Learning Center) Repeats on Friday at 10:00 Session L
A brief survey of mobile apps that are available to students of science for use in class and as citizen scientists.
The session will end with the sharing of additional apps by presentation participants. (Chuck is a teacher at
Northwest Passage High School)
This will be an opportunity to learn about managing an effective Targeted Services Program. This session will
include an opportunity to have your questions about Targeted Services answered. We will learn from each other
as participants share and discuss current successes and struggles. (Nancy is the Targeted Services District
Coordinator for Burnsville Area Learning Center)
Fifteen students, in grades 9-12, had the task of designing and completing a mural in each of three buildings at
Northwest Passage High School during a 2-week intensive class. Student Voice team building, accessing prior
knowledge, and a Flipped Classroom model made this both a personal and purposeful learning experience.
(Brandi is an Art Teacher at Northwest Passage High School)
Do projects start with standards or passions? Depends. In this interactive process Northwest Passage High
School staff will demonstrate a highly engaging and organic method of creating project ideas. This presentation
promises to be educational and a lot of fun! (Jason is a teacher at Northwest Passage High School)
Thursday Breakout Session K 2:20 to 3:20
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
French River
Room 2
The Electronic Library for Minnesota Beth Staats
Lake Superior L " Breaking My Neck, Screwed My Head on
Straight!"
Donald Bania
Lake Superior MN Helping Students Develop Science Concepts John Olson & Doug
Paulsen
Harbor Side 205 A Plan for the Future Andrew Ng
Lake Superior O Standards Based IEPs Simplified Jan Parkman & Billie
McQuillan
Harbor Side 302 Media Activism: The curriculum is the
community"
Paul Creager & Jamie
Tomlin
Reflect with Gordon Parks High School about the Transitions: University Avenue project (www.universityave.org)
and learn how to design interdisciplinary multimedia projects for your school. This interactive presentation charts
GPHS successful media arts-infused curriculum, and facilitates reflection about how participants can develop
diverse, personal and purposeful programs at their schools. *This presentation was part of the Pacific Education
Groups Courageous Conversations about Race summit in St. Louis, October 2013. (Paul is the Curriculum and
Media Art Coordinator and Jamie is the Reading Intervention Coordinator at Gordon Parks High School)
In a time when many schools focus move to preparation for standardized testing, Academic Arts High School
goes beyond the test requiring students to complete the Life Plan Project. In doing so, they will learn necessary
skills for a twenty-first century world. (Andrew is a Senior Advisor and Mathematics Teacher for Academic
Arts High School)
We will share a process to simplify writing IEPS based on grade level standards, address the instructional gap,
and accelerate more purposeful learning for your special education students. (Billie is a principal at Educational
Heights and J an is a Specific Learning Disability Coordinator, Region 11, for Metro ECSU)
Recent research on science learning has identified teaching strategies for helping students move from their
current understanding to more correct understandings. Participants will engage in activities that demonstrate
model development and discourse/argumentation as support for learning concepts and as skills that students
should learn. (J ohn is a Science Content Specialist and Doug is a STEM Specialist at the MDE)
As a teenager, while enjoying a motorcycle ride around the city lakes of Minneapolis, Don Bania suffered a neck
fracture becoming a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down. Through the loss of his arms and legs, Don
gained a new perspective on life. During his presentation, Don speaks on: Perspective, not only on life, but also
on love of nation, family, school, and a healthy body. He then peels back the "onion", explaining each of these
four points, allowing the students to see all that they have, likened to millions of other children around the world.
(Donald is a motivational speaker) Repeat from Wednesday at 2:20, Session D
The Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) has been around for several years now but many students, teachers,
and educators are still not familiar with it. ELM is a collection of databases that are purchased using state tax
dollars and include online educational content available to Minnesotans at no additional charge. This session will
go into detail about some of the 40+databases available in ELM. Attendees will learn about different ways to
access the ELM resources, as well as searching and the huge array of content within the resources. From full-
text reference books, popular and scholarly magazines and journals, primary sources, and a huge multimedia
collection, the resources in ELM give access to accurate and authoritative content from home, school, or work.
(Beth is Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian for ELM)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Harbor Side 202 Preparing for MAAP STARS Competitive
Events
Kip Sackett
Harbor Side 203 Alternative Schools and At Risk Charters
under assault: Solutions? Using Multiple
Measures for state evaluation!
Tony Scallon, Kevin
Byrne, David Bly &
Frank Stucki
Harbor Side 204 School Social Workers Deb Howard
Have you wondered how to prepare students for certain events? Would you like to see some sample manuals or
projects? Do you have ideas and examples you can share with others? Would you like to know more about how
the spring conference is run? Then thats exactly what this session is about and what we hope to accomplish. Kip
and other MAAP STARS veterans will go through suggestions for the events you tell us you want to know more
about. Well begin with a brief survey to see what events you want to learn about and then cater the presentation
to your needs. Hows that for diverse, personal and purposeful? MAAP STARS: We make a difference. (Kip is a
Work Experience Coordinator at Osseo Learning Center)
Alternative Schools and At Risk Charter Schools are under assault from the Education Department and Walton
funded advocates. The assumption is that by closing "bad schools", students will go to "good schools" and thrive.
States that have closed schools have found a flat, or negative influence on students--not gains. The breakout will
discuss multiple measures from other states and how to lobby against negative actions from the state MDE.
(Tony, Kevin, David and Frank are advocates and develop legislation for At Risk Charter Schools)
Networking Extravaganza 7:30 to 9:30 (Holiday Inn)
Snacks, Vendors and Networking 3:20 to 4:00
Keynote: David Berliner 4:00 to 5:00
Dinner 5:15 to 6:15 (DECC - Harbor Side - 3rd Floor)
J oin in a conversation about the role social workers in alternative programs. (Deb is a School Social Worker from
Northwest Passage High School)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Gooseberry 1 The Nurtured Heart Approach Karen Jarshaw &
Stacy Nielsen
Gooseberry 2 Plays Were Never Meant to be Read Ethan Johnson
Gooseberry 3 AVID in Alternative Schools: How it Works! Lea Dahl & Jennifer
Kuras
Split Rock 1 What Do Quantum Physics and Ancient
Insights Have to do With
Social/Emotional/Character Development?
Everything. (Part 1 of 2)
Jane Barrash
Split Rock 2 Legislative Update Steve Allen & Wayne
Jennings
This session will be an interactive session reviewing legislative concerns and the MAAP Legislative Platform.
(Steve is the Executive Director of MAAP and Wayne is an ex-officio of MAAP)
Findings from fields including quantum physics dovetail ancient teachings to describe a universe more mirror
than machine, running more according to emotion than logic, where states of being count more than having,
where Imagination is more important than knowledge (Einstein). Learn how optimism and empathy can be
taught. (Jane is the Executive Director of the Continuum Center) Part 2 follows this session and is titled
" Meaning and Mental Health"
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college readiness system for elementary through higher
education that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. Avid prepares and encourages
students from underrepresented populations to enroll and be successful in post-secondary education. District 287
is in its fourth year of AVID implementation. The AVID College Readiness Systems (ACRS) accelerated student
learning, uses research based methods of instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning,
and acts was a catalyst for systemic reform and change. (Lea Dahl is an ALC Principal and Jennifer is the Upper
Midwest State Director for AVID)
Participants will apply strategies to their own teaching of plays in their classroom. This presentation will
demonstrate ways to engage students in literary analysis through play reading, using tape, markers, yarn,
construction paper, and lightsabers. Full group participation is encouraged. (Ethan is a teacher at Fergus Falls
Area Learning Center) Repeat from Thursday at 8:30, Session G
The Nurtured Heart Approach, by Howard Glasser, is a dynamic relationship-focused methodology that builds
inner wealth in students empowering them to channel their intensity in productive ways, ensuring their successful
future. (Karen and Stacy are Certified trainers for the NHA. In addition, Karen is the Program Site Coordinator
and Stacy is the Student Services Assistant at Village Ranch Alternative Center)
Registration and Vendors 7:30 to 12:00
Breakfast and Regional Meetings 7:30 - 8:30
Keynote Speakers: The High School of Recording Arts 8:40 to 9:40
Friday Breakout Session L 10:00 to 11:00
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
French River
Room 1
Technology with a Purpose Emily Dirksen
French River
Room 2
What has Happened to American Education? David Berliner
Lake Superior L Murder Mystery: Teaching Forensics in the
Classroom
Amy Emerson
St. Louis Room Blue Collar Yoga Summit Delon Musselman
Reception Area Institute for Democratic Education in
America (IDEA): What's the Connection
between Youth work and Schools?
Ofir Germanic
Blue Collar Yoga is an experiential learning experience including the implementation 14 primary neck stretches,
relaxation breathing, and visualization addressing the tension we carry in our neck and shoulders. This
experience brings it down, levels if off, smoothes it out, and leaves the tension behind opening the door for clear
thinking. (Delon is a retired teacher from Faribault ALC)
I created a murder mystery for my forensics class to solve. We started with processing a crime scene in my
classroom. Students then had to solve the mystery by processing evidence, sending in for lab tests, filtering
through electronic evidence and narrowing down suspects to solve the case. Materials Provided! (Amy is a
science teacher at Knights Academy) Repeat from Thursday at 9:50 Session H
"This will be a continuation of a discussion of some of the myths addressed in my presentation. I will also discuss
some of the many other myths we deal with in our new book. I will present some data to stimulate a free wheeling
discussion of what has happened to American education over the last few decades. I will concentrate on the
impact of childhood poverty on educational outcomes, and on the role of the press in undermining the public's
confidence in American education." (David was the keynote speaker from Thursday afternoon).
The goal of this presentation is to introduce various websites and apps that can be used in multiple subject area
to create projects or incorporate technology into classroom assignments. I will include websites like Prezi, Voki,
Zooburst, Storybird and iPad apps like ToonTasic, iMovie and Strip Designer (plus more). The ultimate goal is to
have everyone in attendance be able to walk away with new technology tools in which they can incorporate into
their classroom. I will also show examples used in a language arts classroom. (Emily is a Language Arts teacher
at Minnesota Valley Area Learning Center) Repeat from Thursday at 2:20, Session K
What exactly is youth work? The Institute for Democratic Education in America Minnesota Team is rooted in the
field of youth work and youth initiatives. In this session, we introduce youth work in schools through such topics
as: youth work approach in the classroom, the illusion of power, and the power of relationships between school
and youth-serving agencies. This presentation will also include small group sessions. brief dialogues over each
topic, and storytelling. (Ofir is an IDEA Minnesota Senior Fellow) Repeat from Thursday at 1:00, Session J
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Breakout Sessions Descriptions
Lake Superior
MN and Lake
S O
Gallery Walkthrough (A MAAP
Special Presentation)
Kristyn Martin
Gooseberry 1 Taking Risks Jamie Sandberg
Gooseberry 2 Science/ STEM Curriculum Share Sada Ganske
Gooseberry 3 High School for the Recording Arts Tony Simmons
Split Rock 1 Meaning and Mental Health Jane Barrash
Split Rock 2 Assessing what matters in the 21st century Nick Pretasky &
Shane Krukowski
Join us for a look at what schools are doing that promote Diverse, Personal and Purposeful
Learning! The walk through will be set up like a science fair containing practical materials,
approaches and ideas that you can implement in your program Schools from all over the state
of MN will be coming together to showcase the things that work in their program Come and
check us out! (Kristyn coordinated this walkthrough and teaches at Jennings Community
Learning Center)
Investment Game set during the Golden Age of the Netherlands. This instructional unit won the 2013 Minnesota
Council on Economic Education (Thrivent Financial sponsored) Personal Finance Educator Award. The unit
meets state standards in several areas including history, government, and personal finance. It is innovative, fun,
easily reproduced, and includes student assessment. Come. Play. Take and teach. Teachers will also be
introduced to a wealth of free instructional resources and free University of Minnesota graduate credit workshops.
(Jamie is teacher at Runestone Regional Learning Center) Repeat Thursday at 8:30, Session G
This session consists of three parts: 1) Presentation of classroom tested projects/ lessons for STEM. 2)
Resources and professional development opportunities that have impacted my teaching. 3) Opening the floor to
share ideas and resources for future use. Please bring a lesson/ resource to share. (Sada works for Learning
Alternatives Community School) Repeat from Thursday at 2:20 Session K
This is a follow up session from the keynote presentation. HSRA is dedicated to providing all young people a
chance to realize their full potential, despite any previous setbacks. As we engage students through music and
the exploration and operation of the music business, we demonstrate that core learning areas and real world, 21st
century skills can be acquired at the same time. Come find out more about the HSRA!
Education needs a paradigm shift. Operating assumptions of our 350 year old Newtonian, mechanistic,
materialist science are oppressive and depressing and led to a school system focused on whats measureable
rather than whats meaningful, and on the outer rather than inner world. Learn about the new empowering,
engaging paradigm. (Jane is the Executive Director of the Continuum Center) Part 1 precedes this session and
is titled " What Do Quantum Physics and Ancient Insights Have to do With Social/Emotional/Character
Development? Everything)
Friday Breakout Session M 11:20 to 12:20
Presenters and participants will brainstorm skills that are essential to successful 21st century citizens. Discussion
will happen around the importance of such skills. Assessment measures will be discussed and presented to
ensure these skills are being assessed. Participants should leave with next steps to develop and measure
essential 21st century skills at their home school or site. (Nick is the director Northern Lights Community School
and Shane is the managing director for Project Based Learning Systems)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
French River
Room 1
Bringing Science to Life: Are you Looking to
go Beyond Textbooks and Simplified Labs?
Bob Ebsen & Peter
Wiezorek
French River
Room 2
Flipped Reading Classroom Carrie Speh
Lake Superior L TREC (Transition Related Employment
Curriculum)
Steve Schoenbauer
Reception Room Some Experiments with Making Learning
Public
Paul Jaeger
This presentation will provide Reading and Language Arts teachers with a method of analyzing data and using it
to produce a flipped learning environment. This provides a highly personalized reading plan for each student in
order to improve his/her reading abilities. Participants will be provided with methods and resources to use in the
implementation of their own flipped learning model. (Carrie is Language Arts Teacher and Reading Specialist at
Minnesota Valley ALC)
TREC (Transition Related Employment Curriculum) is a free, yearlong, downloadable curriculum developed to
provide a yearlong scope and sequence, with accompanying materials, which allow teachers to address their
students IEP transitional needs in an organized and comprehensive manner. Participants will learn how to
access and implement this curriculum. (Steve is the Transition Coordinator at Northern Lights Special Education
Cooperative)
The Wildlife Center and Northwest Passage High School have partnered together to provide a project based
science curriculum for more than 10 years. Learn how your students can explore S.T.E.M. fields, work with live
animals and customize learning for your students. (Bob is an educator at Wildlife Science Center and Peter is the
director of Northwest Passage High School)
We get ourselves in trouble because its a cheap way to get attention, writes Steven Pressfield in The War of
Art. As people who get to work with young people (who sometimes get in trouble), how can we create interesting
opportunities for our students to make their learning public? This presentation will pursue this question and some
examples will be provided as to how we might go about drawing healthy attention to our students and the learning
communities we are part of. (Paul is a teacher at Minnesota New Country School)
" Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Breakout Sessions Descriptions
St. Louis Room The Modern Learner - Engagement and the
Digital Native
Vincent Solimine Jr.
In todays modern classroom, engaging students is even more vital than ever before. The modern learner as
Digital Native is an important concept to understand as it will inform and change your approach to student
engagement. J oin the discussion as we look at individual and group engagement, workshop ideas and
techniques, explore the two fundamental engagement strategies, discuss causes of disengagement, and learn to
apply Active Learning techniques. Gain insight into your classroom style as you learn about a new Prime
Directive for educators. Develop a more complete and applicable understanding of the concept of an active
learner and explore the two most powerful teaching/learning techniques in education. Learn the five foundational
methodologies of theDynamic classroom model and incorporate everything with an Engagement Checklist.
(Vincent is a professional development and training manager for Odysseyware)
February 11, 12 and 13, 2015
See you at the DECC!
Snack for the Road 12:20 - 12:45
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NETWORKING
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Thursday at the Holiday Inn Ballroom
7:30-9:30

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Vendor Showcase Presentation Times
Wednesday

2:20 - 3:20 Whitewater Learning
Ann Zweber Werner PhD
Founder/CEO Whitewater Learning E-education for educators
PO box 19281 Minneapolis MN 55419
Business: 612-600-1194
E-mail: ann.werner@whitewaterlearning.0rg

What does quality professional development look like? How does it really address needs identified through evaluation? Connect
the mechanical parts such as record keeping, with meaningful learning through authentic practice guided reflection and other
techniques. Moe beyond the constraints of schedule, location, and cost to address an educators individual learning style.

4:00 - 5:00 MCIS
Dorothy Wolf
MCIS training specialist
Minnesota Career Information System
1500 Highway 36, Roseville, MN 55113
Business phone: 651-582-8420
E-mail: Dorothy.wolf@state.mn.us

Using MCIS for Career and College Readiness
New legislation, M.S. 120B.125 Article 2, section 8, requires that all students, no later than 9th grade, should have a Career and
Postsecondary Plan that helps prepare students for success in a range of post secondary educational and career opportunities.
The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) portfolio and fulfill this recommendation. Learn how using My Career Plan(a
guided set of activities to help students develop their own career plan) the My Checklists (an electronic system to keep students
on track) My App Tracker (a tool to help students track and record the college application process) and My Course Plannerall
work together to build a students life plan.

Thursday

8:30 - 9:30 Edgenuity
Garrick Teckenburg
garrick.teckenburg@edgenuity.com

7 critical steps to ensure your online program will thrive
Online learning continues to play a larger role in helping students achieve in alternative and traditional settings. Implementing your
program correctly is paramount for students to stay on task and find results. This presentation will take you through 7 major steps
the best districts are making a priority to create an environment of success





9:50 - 10:50 Minnesota National Guard
Mike Bellos (Presenter 1) David Bambenek (Presenter 2)
Educational liaison Education Liaison
Minnesota National Guard Minnesota National Guard
15000 Hwy 115 Camp Ripley MN 56345 1500 Hwy 115 Camp Ripley MN 56345
Business Phone: 320-616-3096 Business phone: 651-775-9466
Email:Mbellos@careertrain.com Email: Dbambenek@careertrain.com

Education programs and student presentations that can assist students with career planning and exploring career options. This
will include an overview of these programs that Education Liaisons can present in the classroom. Many of these are interactive
with students to include discussion topics and related to planning and preparing for career choices.

12:30-1:00 Voyageur Outward Bound
Tyler Fish
Associate Program Director
Voyageur Outward Bound
Business Phone:: 828-239-2362
Email: tfish@outwardbound.org

Challenge and support, Teens and families, Disability to opportunity, Wilderness to home, Forget the past, move towards
the future with purpose. Its not therapy, but it is therapeutic. This is Intercept the Voyageur Outward Bound Schools
award winning 28-day or 50-day program.

1:00-1:50 Apex
Cesare Tise
Central US District consultant
Apex Learning
Business Phone: 952-905-6856
Cesare.tise@apexlearning.com

Utilization of Digital Curriculum in MN: Many Districts; Many Way and join Apex Learning to hear about how your peers through
the state are using our rigorous, comprehensive, and flexible solutions to meet a variety of needs. Credit Recovery, Advanced
Placement, Distance Learning and District run Virtual High Schools are just some of the initiatives we partner with districts to help
student succeed.


2:10-3:10 Minitex
Beth Staats
Minitex Reference outreach and Instruction Librarian
Minitex, U of MN Libraries
222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Business phone: 612-624-7873

The Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) has been around for several years now but many students, teachers and educators
are still not familiar with it. ELM is a collection of databases that are purchased using state tax dollars and include online
educational content available to Minnesotans at no additional charge. This session will go into detail about some of the 40+
databases available in ELM. Attendees will learn about different ways to access the ELM resources, as well as searching and the
huge array of content within the resources. From full-text reference books, popular and scholarly magazines and journals, primary
sources, and a huge multimedia collection, the resources in ELM give access to accurate and authoritative content from home,
school, or work.

3:10-4:00 Team Quest/True Friends
J ason Colvin
Director of TeamQuest
10509 108
th
St. NW, Annandale, MN 55302
Business Phone: 952-852-0103
Email: J ason@team-quest.org

There are times we wish people came with little instruction cards explain Heres how to reach me. Heres how to motivate me.
PCM will help you understand the personality structure of the students and adults in your life. You will discover how tailoring your
communication will motivate and inspire someone to their fullest potential. Plus, learn how to provide avenues for creativity and
spontaneity to shine.




Friday
1:00-11:45 Voyageur Outward Bound
Tyler Fish
Associate Program Director
Voyageur Outward Bound
Business Phone:: 828-239-2362
Email: tfish@outwardbound.org

Challenge and support, Teens and families, Disability to opportunity, Wilderness to home, Forget the past, move towards
the future with purpose. Its not therapy, but it is therapeutic. This is Intercept the Voyageur Outward Bound Schools
award winning 28-day or 50-day program.








Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning

February 19-21, 2014

Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center

Duluth, Minnesota



www.maapmn.org

Welcome Message from the Conference Chair

Welcome fellow educators! Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning is the perfect
theme for all of the presentations that we have scheduled this year. With over 100
presentations, I am sure you will find many sessions that reflect upon this years
conference theme. Our keynote speakers, Lynn Stoddard and David Berliner will deliver
messages advocating for new approaches to alternative learning and you wont want to
miss the Friday session by the High School for Recording Arts!

A couple of thoughts to keep in mind:
Dinner is on your own Wednesday night after the keynote speech by Lynn Stoddard.
Vendors and registration are in the Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall.
Thursday lunch will highlight our annual slideshow and awards program. This is an
opportunity for you to cheer on and recognize your colleagues! In addition, we will
squeeze in our Annual Meeting at this time.
Thursday evening, we will be hosting a Networking Extravaganza at the Holiday Inn
(see the flyer that is inserted in your materials).
Regional meetings are on Friday during breakfast from 8:00 to 8:30 AM.
WiFi is available throughout the DECC.
Teacher and administrative CEUs will be issued online again this year. Keep track of
your breakout sessions.s

I would like to give a special thanks to everyone who spent hours volunteering to create
this excellent conference. I would like to also thank all the presenters and keynote
speakers, the individuals that helped behind the scenes and our conference committee.

A reminder that the 2015 Conference will be once again back in Duluth at the DECC.
The dates for that conference will be February 11, 12 and 13, 2015.

Thank you! I hope that you have a great conference!

Clifford Skagen,
Conference Chair


Presidents Message
Greetings,

The 31st Annual Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) Conference
promises to be one of the best ever. Cliff Skagen, Deanna Chiodo, Steve Allen, Kristyn
Martin, Bill Zimniewicz, Patti Haasch, Mary Barrie, J essica Owen, Wayne J ennings,
Nancy Chave, De Musselman, Kristin Tuel, Laura Freer and many others who have
worked hard to bring together a stimulating combination of keynote speakers, breakout
sessions, and networking opportunities to support all of us in our work throughout
Minnesota. In many ways, it is an educational version of the 'great Minnesota get
together'.

I would like to take a minute to reflect upon some of the accomplishments that we have
made since last years conference:
1. MAAPs lobbying for extended time revenue last Spring was called exemplary
by a respected legislator.
2. We have had another year of successful activities, events and experiences.
3. The continued involvement of a number of wonderful retired MAAP members in
the organization.
4. The organizations continued support for the Executive Coordinators position.
5. Significant physical improvement in some of our schools and programs.

We still have some significant challenges in front of us, including the following:
1. The ongoing funding needed to support the work of our organization.
2. Encouraging people to continue to communicate and tell their stories in an
accurate and compelling way.
3. Continue to create multiple ways and environments for student learning.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President, it sincerely has been an
honor and a privilege. I will continue to stay involved on the MAAP Board as your Past-
President.

Enjoy your conference!

Dave Hagman, President


MAAP Board of Directors

Executive Officers

President Dave Hagman
President Elect Craig Wignes
Past President - Sue Boehland
Secretary Deanna Chiodo
Treasurer - Kristin Tuel
Director at Large Cliff Skagen

Regional Directors

South Metro Kathleen J ohnson
Central Metro Kristyn Martin
Northwest Metro Nancy Chave
Northeast Metro Sada Ganske
Northwest Peter Lundin
Northeast Adrian Norman
Southwest Kathy J ohnson
Southeast Brian Cashman
West Central J ana Timm

Ex-Officials, Chairs and Representatives

Awards Chair Laura Freer
Alchemist Chair Michelle Peterson
Executive Coordinator Steve Allen
Ex-Officio & IALA Representative Wayne J ennings
Membership Chair Thomas Hoffman
Special Education Chair Bill Derden
STARS Chair Patti Haasch


"Diverse, Personal and Purposeful Learning"
Wednesday
9:00-5:45 Registration DECC Fitzgerald Hall
9:00 -1:00 Presenter Check-in & Set-up DECC Board Room
10:00-12:00 Pre-Conference MDE Special Presentation
12:00 Refreshments DECC Fitzgerald Hall
1:00-3:20 Breakout Sessions A
1:00-2:00 Breakout Sessions B
2:20-3:20 &
4:00-5:00
Breakout Session C
2:20-3:20 Breakout Session D
3:20-4:00 Snacks with Vendors Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall
4:00-5:00 Breakout Session E
5:15-6:15 Keynote: Lynn Stoddard Lake Superior Ballroom
6:15 Dinner on your own
Thursday
6:45-7:30 Presenter Check-in & Set-up DECC Board Room
7:30 - 5:30 Registration DECC Fitzgerald Hall
7:30-8:15 Breakfast
8:30-10:50 Breakout Session F
8:30-9:30 Breakout Sessions G
9:50-10:50 Breakout Sessions H
11:10-11:40 Annual Meeting & Elections Lake Superior Ballroom
11:40-12:30 Welcome - Steve Dibbs - Assistant Commissioner MDE
Lunch with Awards & Slideshow
12:00-1:00 Presenter Check-in & Set-up DECC Board Room
12:30-1:00 Desserts with vendors DECC Fitzgerald Hall
1:00-3:20 Breakout Sessions I
1:00-2:00 Breakout Sessions J
2:20-3:20 Breakout Sessions K
3:20-4:00 Snacks and Networking with Vendors
4:00-5:00 Keynote - David Berliner Lake Superior Ballroom
5:15-6:15 Dinner DECC Harbor Side - 3rd Floor
7:30-9:30 Networking Extravaganza Holiday Inn - GLB
Friday
6:45-7:30 Presenter Check-in & Set-up DECC Board Room
7:30 - 12:00 Registration and Vendors DECC Fitzgerald Hall
7:30-8:30 Breakfast & Breakout Regional Meetings
8:40-9:40 Keynote - High School for Recording Arts Lake Superior Ballroom
10:00-11:00 Breakout Session L
11:20 - 12:20 Gallery Walkthrough
11:20 - 12:20 Breakout Session M
12:20 - 12:45 Snack for the Road
12:30-1:00 MAAP Board Meeting
MAAP 2014 Winter Conference Framework
February 11, 12 and 13 - 2015
See you again at the DECC!
Keynote Speaker and Major Presentation Biographies

Lynn Stoddard

Lynn Stoddard is a veteran educator with 36 years as a teacher and elementary school principal followed
by over twenty years as a consultant and writer. He retired early to promote a different philosophy of
education in which parents and teachers unite to help students grow in seven major dimensions or powers
of human greatness: Identity, Inquiry, Interaction, Initiative, Imagination, Intuition and Integrity.
Stoddards trailblazing book, Educating for Human Greatness, advocates a shift from standardizing
students to valuing and fostering their positive human differences. His 12 children all attended public
schools in Davis County, Utah. He lives in Farmington and can be reached at efhg.org and
lstrd@yahoo.com.

The Great Brain Project is one of the strategies that was invented to help students grow in the powers of
greatness, especially the power of Inquiry. Students can become specialists, experts, masterminds,
or geniuses in topics of their choice through diligent study to find answers to their own questions that
grow as they probe deeper and deeper into a topic. A parent, grandparent, other relative or neighbor
serves as the childs guide and research partner. At the end of the project, the child gives a presentation of
what s/he has learned to classmates and other invited guests and is recognized in the Great Brain Hall of
Fame.

David Berliner

David Berliner is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, and Psychology in
Education at Arizona State University. He received his BA in Psychology from UCLA and his Ph.D. in
Educational Psychology from Stanford in 1968. He has authored several textbooks and hundreds of
articles in professional journals.
In 1994, he received the National Education Association's highest honor, the "Friend of Education
Award". According to the American Program Bureau, Dr. Berliner, has authored more than 200 articles,
books and chapters in the fields of educational psychology, teacher education, and educational policy,
including the best-seller The Manufactured Crisis

which he co-authored with B. J . Biddle.
A terrific quote of Dr. Berliners "The ultimate test of society is not how well it takes care of its rich and
powerful, but how well it attends to the needs of its poorest and weakest citizens". He will share with
MAAP members his views which are counter to todays policies of value-added assessments, high-stakes
testing, among other educational concerns. He backs his positions with data and facts.

High School for Recording Arts

High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) was founded by David TC Ellis and received its charter in
1998. HSRA currently serves 230 students, and has just moved to a fantastic new location on University
Ave. in St. Paul. The focus of their school is reengaging students who have dropped out or who are at
risk of dropping out of school. HSRA taps into the students interest in the entertainment industry,
recording, engineering, radio, video, graphic arts, performance and production as they weave in 21
st
-
century skills with traditional academics. At the MAAP conference on Friday morning, Founder David
TC Ellis and Executive Director Tony Simmons will share with you how they got started, how they get
students to return to school and how they attempt to provide some meaningfulness to their students
education. This will include some examples of how video production can enhance learning and help
students develop and demonstrate workplace skills. Come and hear more about their school!


Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs
Annual Meeting Agenda
February 20, 2014
Duluth, MN

I. Call to Order
II. Approve Agenda
III. Introduction of Board and Committee Chairs
IV. Approval of 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes
V. Approval of Treasurers Report
VI. Progress Update and Recognition
VII. Election of Officers
VIII. Other Business
IX. Adjournment



Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs
Annual Meeting Minutes
February 14, 2013
Rochester Civic Center
Rochester, Minnesota

I. Dave Hagman, MAAP President, called the meeting to order.

II. Dave called for an approval of the agenda. The agenda was approved.

III. Dave introduced the MAAP Board and Committee Chairs.

IV. Dave asked for an approval of the 2012 Annual Meeting Minutes as submitted.
The minutes were approved.

V. Dave asked for an approval of the Treasurers Report as presented by Treasurer,
Kristin Tuel. The Treasures report was approved.

VII. Progress Update: Dave, spoke about the state of alternative education in
Minnesota.

X. Dave presented the Presidential Award to Kathy Lyerly from the St. Cloud Area
Learning Center.

XI. Dave called for a motion to adjourn. Motion approved.


Respectfully submitted,


Deanna Chiodo, Secretary
MAAP Budget 2013/14
December 31, 2013
Category Budget 13-14 YTD Expended
Balance
Remaining
Board/Administrative $9,000.00 $2,627.09 $6,372.91
MAAP STARS $10,000.00 $0.00 $10,000.00
STARS Travel grants $3,500.00 $0.00 $3,500.00
Alchemist $1,500.00 $0.00 $1,500.00
Online (Technology) $4,000.00 $3,475.00 $525.00
Communications (Website costs) $1,000.00 $690.00 $310.00
Marketing $1,000.00 $0.00 $1,000.00
Exec. Coordinator $50,000.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00
IALA Membership
Professional Development $1,500.00 $0.00 $1,500.00
Initiatives $1,500.00 $0.00 $1,500.00
Regions $10,000.00 $3,148.95 $6,851.05
Accounting fees $1,500.00 $953.00 $547.00
Total $94,500.00 $35,894.04 $58,605.96
Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs
Statement of Assets and Fund Balance
December 31, 2013
Assets
Current Assets
Checking $9,259.31
Savings $1,014.11
Investment Account:
Unrestricted $74,386.76
Arlo Renschler Scholarship $5,050.00
Total Current Assets $89,710.18
Total Assets $89,710.18
Fund Balance
Fund Balance $89,710.18
Item of note: Divident income earned on invested unrestricted funds to date $2,172.38
Financials for Annual Meeting 2014


2014 Legislative Priorities
Vision: The preeminent voice for educational options.
Mission: To lead, promote and support innovative learning experiences.


1.

Maintaining Parental Choice
It is recommended that the provision in the revised compulsory attendance law that allows principals the ability to place
students into Area Learning Centers be deleted fromthe statute. Parent and student choice have been key factors in the
long standing success of these programs.

2.

Recovery Schools
Identify means and ways of supporting the existence and survival of Chemical Dependency Recovery Schools. Provide
open appropriation funding for MDE approved Recovery Schools in the formof reimbursement of required support staff,
increased dollars per ADM and transportation reimbursement.

3.

Funding Equity
It is recommended that Learner Year funding for charter schools that serve a high number of at-risk students be reinstated.

4.

Other MAAP Supported Initiatives
Whereas, our primary platformconcerns are the placement of students into Area Learning Centers by principals, the
adequate funding of recovery schools, and learning year funding for charter schools, there are also other issues of
importance that require legislative action:

Multiple Measures for evaluating alternative schools and charter schools with high numbers of at-risk students. This issue
arises because MDE needs to view alternative-type schools in context of their student body attributes. These schools serve
students who were not successful in conventional programs or exhibit a number of personal or societal problems.
Evaluating schools that serve such students as though they had a normal student body is unfair and counterproductive.
These schools work with the premise that we must succeed with all students irrespective of their problems. They need to be
measured for the success of the schools beyond standardized tests. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers
commissioned a study group which has released a paper on this topic: Antidotes Are Not Enough: An Evidence-based
Approach to Accountability for Alternative Charter Schools http://www.qualitycharters.org/ See also the report fromthe
Minnesota Association of Charter Schools http://www.mncharterschools.org/iqa-
services/accountability.php#relatedResources



Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs
2014 Legislative Platform
Other MAAP Supported Initiatives (continued)


Program Choice requires every school district (except charter schools) to provide an alternative program(K-12) to better
meet the diverse needs of its students. State approved alternative programs and charter schools do not qualify as the
alternative program. The premise is that all students learn differently and therefore school districts need to provide more
than the standard program. There are provisions for small districts to meet the requirement.

Algebra II as a requirement for graduation by all students is unrealistic and creates severe problems for schools and
students. For a discussion of this issuesee the position paper at http://maapmn.server293.com/pages/PositionPapers/

Multi-Disciplinary License needs to be established by the legislature for the Board of Teaching. This licensure area is
necessary for schools using non--course based approaches with the teacher as facilitator of learning. These are often small
schools working with the best that is known about learning. Specific attributes of this license include: Maintaining an
advisor role to students; Facilitating student goal setting; Evaluating student progress; Supervising multi-disciplinary
projects; Assessing student academic needs; Facilitating attainment of 21st Century skills (e.g. problemsolving,
collaboration, adapting to change); Supervising community-based learning; Supervising service learning; Creating personal
learning plans with students to individualize learning; Maintaining communication with parents; Awarding academic credit
for non-course based learning; Facilitating social and emotional learning; Facilitating post-secondary interests; For a more
complete discussion of this topic see the position paper at http://maapmn.server293.com/pages/PositionPapers/


Revised 2/2012 1
Bylaws of
The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs
(MAAP)

ARTICLE 1 NAME
The name of this organization shall be "Minnesota Association of Alternative
Programs", noted hereafter as MAAP.

ARTICLE 2 DEFINITIONS
Alternative Education: The study or practice of implementing non-traditional
schools, programs or approaches to teaching and learning.

Alternative School: An established environment apart from the traditional school,
or a separate program within a traditional school, designed to accommodate
specific students educational needs; such as; work-related training, reading,
math, science, communication, social skills, physical skills, employability, study
skills, life skills, or cultural awareness. [13][15]

Traditional School: An established environment designed to provide a
comprehensive education to the general populace. [13][15]

Public Alternative Education: Public Alternative Education serves to ensure that
every young person may find a path to the educational goals of the community.
Programs focus on what they can offer the student not on what problems that
student has had in the past.

Charter Schools: Schools approved by the Minnesota Board of Education under
Minnesota Statute 124.D.10 and other relevant statues. [15]

Schools within Schools: School programs within a traditional school, that may not
have been designated as alternative programs, but do offer some students
educational choices that they otherwise would not have.

MAAP STARS: A youth organization of chartered chapters recognized by the
MAAP Board to promote a variety of activities for youth involved in alternative
educational programs. Goals and organization are described in the MAAP STARS
Constitution.

Region: The organization, roughly based on the geographical area where MAAP
members have organized and aligned themselves with ALCs or Alternative
Programs and the MAAP Board of Directors to form the MAAP organization.

IALA: The International Association for Learning Alternatives is an association of
individuals and state organizations dedicated to educational reform through


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systemic change. The mission is "to lead, support and promote learning
alternatives and choice options." IALA was incorporated in August 2001 due to
the extraordinary efforts of a Task Force supported by MAAP. [1]

ARTICLE 3 PURPOSE
Section 1. The purpose of education is to provide for the maximum
intellectual, personal/social, and career vocational development of students so
they can function as effective citizens. Alternative schools play a vital role as
change agents in the educational system. [15]

Section 2. The Mission of MAAP is to lead, promote and support innovative
learning experiences.

Section 3. The Purpose of MAAP is to meet the needs of students,
parents, teachers, future teachers, administrators, and the general citizenry
through a professional organization dedicated to the improvement of alternative
education.
(a) To provide educational options that will allow learners to
develop their personal, academic and career potential on
their way to becoming productive citizens.
(b) To provide technical assistance to practitioners.
(c) To be a change agent for the traditional educational system.
(d) To represent the common interests of alternative learners to
the greater community.
(e) To provide professional development opportunities.

ARTICLE 4 MAAP MEMBERSHIP [13]
Section 1. Any person involved or interested in alternative education shall
become a voting member upon payment of dues of MAAP. MAAP members are
eligible to vote, hold office and attend meetings.

ARTICLE 5 OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of MAAP shall be: President, Immediate Past
President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director-at-Large.

Section 2. The length of term for each office shall be two (2) years. The
President-Elect shall become the President two (2) years following election to the
office of President-Elect, at which time the President succeeds to the position of
Immediate Past President and the former Immediate Past President retires from
the Board. The President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director-at-Large are
elected by the organization members at alternate annual meetings. The term for
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state conference and election. [17]

Section 3. In the event an officer is unable to fulfill the term of office, the
President shall direct that the Board of Directors fill the unexpired term with a
person who is currently a member of MAAP. This choice will be based on a
majority vote of the remaining officers and the Board membership.

Section 4. When directed by the Board of Directors, the officers of the
MAAP organization will be designated the Executive Committee. Except for the
power to amend the Articles of the Bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have
all the powers and authority of the Board of Directors in the intervals between
meetings of the Board of Directors, subject to the direction and control of the
Board. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be reported at the next regular
meeting of the Board.

ARTICLE 6 DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of MAAP and of the
Board of Directors, submit names of recommended committee appointees to the
Board of Directors for approval, and perform all other duties as needed, including
the delegation of responsibility of officers and the Board. The President shall be
an ex-officio member of all committees and assume the responsibility to see that
the committee's function. The President shall serve as a delegate to IALA.

Section 2. The President-Elect shall act in place of the President at all
MAAP and Board of Directors meetings, which the President is unable to attend.
The President-Elect shall be responsible to learn the duties of President and work
to make connections with regions. [2][11]

Section 3. The Immediate Past President shall serve as chair of the
nominating committee and perform such duties as may be assigned by the
President. [15]

Section 4. The Secretary shall keep the records of the current activities of
MAAP and shall serve as chair of the bylaws committee. [3]

Section 5. The Treasurer shall collect dues and dispense funds of MAAP,
subject to the approval of the Board of Directors; shall be responsible for the
maintenance of the membership roles of MAAP; shall keep a complete financial
record which ensures responsible fiscal operation; shall submit a financial report
to the Board of Directors at the regular meeting and to the Association at its
annual meeting. The Financial Report shall be kept from J uly 1 to J une 30, which
shall be considered the fiscal year. [18]. An annual review will be conducted by
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appointed by the President. The treasurer shall submit a proposed budget to the
Board of Directors at the summer (or spring) retreat/meeting. [15]

Section 6. The Director-at-Large shall take on leadership of the statewide
conference planning for the MAAP organization. [10][15]

ARTICLE 7 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the MAAP officers and
nine directors one from each region. All officers and the nine directors would
be considered voting members of the board.

Section 2. The board may also have up to four (4) ex-officio members.
Ex-officio members will not have voting authority on the Board of Directors. The
make-up of ex-officio membership will be determined by the Board of Directors
and could include representation from the Minnesota Department of Education
and other educational interests, as deemed worthy and appropriate. [13][15]

Section 3. The existing Board has the power to fill all emergency
vacancies.

Section 4. Each Region shall elect a Director from its membership to act
as the Regions representative to the Board. The Directors term of office shall be
two years, at which time the Director could be re-elected. A Region shall
establish a procedure for succession. If a Director is unable to finish a term, and
no plan for succession exists, the Region shall elect a new Director to finish out
the term before the next Board meeting. [13]

Section 5. In the event a regional director fails to perform their duties, or
has committed acts that place MAAP in legal or ethical jeopardy, or puts the
organization in a compromising position, a regional director may be removed
from the board.

Section 6. Any current MAAP Board member, or member of the region of
the director in question, may take action for that director to be considered for
removal.

Section 7. A regional director who fails to attend two consecutive MAAP
board, not excused by the president, will be automatically removed from the
board.

Section 8. In the event of the removal of a regional director, the president
or designee will immediately take action for a successor as described in Article 7,
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Section 9. With pre-approval from the MAAP president, a regional director
may send a proxy to any MAAP Board meeting when the regional director is
unable to attend. Upon approval by present board members, the proxy will have
full board member rights for the meeting in which they proxy. [19].

ARTICLE 8 DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall meet at the President's discretion,
to conduct official business, when it is not feasible for the total membership to
meet. Seven members of the Board of Directors shall be present to conduct
official business of the association.

Section 2. The Board of Directors may annually formulate goals and
objectives for the Association to be presented to the membership for approval.

Section 3. The Board of Directors shall formulate the agenda for the
annual meetings of the Association.

Section 4. The Board of Directors shall authorize expenditures to conduct
the general business of the Association and direct all matters of budget and
finance. [15]

Section 5. Directors will represent and report back to their respective
regions as related to the business of MAAP, and will serve as the MAAP Boards
representative at Regional meetings. [15]

Section 6. The Board of Directors shall recognize and issue charters to
Regional Organizations, thereby establishing the Regions an official part of the
State Organization. The Regional Organization in turn will provide an "Annual
Regional Report" immediately following the Regional Meeting at the Annual State
MAAP Conference each year.

Section 7. The Board of Directors shall recognize and issue the charters of
MAAP STARS Chapters.

Section 8. The Board of Directors will establish such committees as may
be desirable. [5]

Section 9. Duties of ex-officio members: Ex-officio members act in an
advisory role and may take special assignments as determined by the President.
[6]
Section 10. Duties of executive coordinator: MAAP Board of Directors may
contract with an individual or firm to serve as an executive coordinator to
perform any MAAP's duties and functions deemed necessary on an annual basis.
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contract extension or contract renewals. The annual compensation, payment
schedule and any additional pertinent details for such contract shall be approved
by the MAAP Board. [16]

ARTICLE 9 ELECTIONS
Section 1. A nominating committee of not fewer than three members to
be chaired by the Immediate Past President. [15]

Section 2. The nominating committee shall present two candidates each
for the offices of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director-at-Large to
the membership at the annual meeting beginning in 1996. Election of association
officers will follow every even numbered year thereafter. Nominations from the
floor for any of these positions would also be accepted.

Section 3. The election of Regional Directors shall occur at the Annual
MAAP conference during the Regional Meeting on alternating years. The
following five Regions shall hold their elections on odd numbered years:
Southwest, Southeast, Northwest, Northwest Metro, Northeast Metro, beginning
in 1997. The remaining four (4) Regions shall hold their elections on even
numbered years. [15]

ARTICLE 10 AMENDMENTS
Section 1. An amendment may be proposed in writing by a member or
members of the Association. A proposed amendment must be submitted to the
Board of Directors who will publish it a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the
annual meeting.

Section 2. Adoption of a proposed amendment of the bylaws shall be by
two-thirds vote of those members attending the annual meeting.

ARTICLE 11 IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL OF OFFICERS
Section 1. In the event an officer, including the president, fails to
perform their duties, or has committed acts that place MAAP in legal
or ethical jeopardy, or puts the organization in a comprising
position, an officer(s) may be impeached and removed from office.
Section 2. Any current MAAP member may call for the consideration for
impeachment and removal of an officer by submitting a written
statement detailing the reason(s) for the request. The president will
have no more than sixty days to respond, either by calling a special
board meeting or placing the request for impeachment on the next
scheduled regular board meeting. The MAAP Board must have a quorum to
discuss and consider any action. The president, with the executive
committee, has the right to refuse to address the impeachment request
if deemed frivolous or unwarranted.


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Section 3. The officer(s) under consideration for impeachment has the
right to hear all charges and the right to respond to such charges at
the MAAP board meeting.
Section 4. A 2/3 majority vote of a quorum of the MAAP Board is
required to remove any officer. A MAAP Board member is defined as an
officer (a member of the executive committee) and the nine (9)
regional directors. There are fifteen (15) MAAP Board members.
Section 5. In the event the president is being considered for
impeachment and removal from office, the written request must be made
to the past-president. The past-president shall call and preside over
a special board meeting not to exceed sixty day from receiving the
request. [17].

MAAP STANDING RULES
1. Committees
The Association, through its Board of Directors, may establish such committees
as may be desirable. Chairpersons of the committees will be appointed by the
President with confirmation of the Board of Directors to follow. [7]

2. Dues
The annual dues for membership shall be established at the annual meeting. The
annual dues for membership will be established by the Board of Directors. In
case of an emergency, members may be assessed an additional amount to cover
expenses, the amount to be determined by the Board of Directors. Dues shall be
used for normal operating expenses. A $10.00 fee will be added to MAAP Annual
dues which shall be applied to IALA membership. [12] [14] [15]

3. Rules of Debate
At the Annual Meeting the Association shall be governed by the ruling that in
debate, each speaker shall be limited to three minutes unless otherwise ordered.

4. Voting
Section 1. At regularly scheduled Association meetings one vote over half
of the membership present shall constitute a majority vote.

Section 2. The Board of Directors may call for a written ballot when they
deem necessary. All such voting will be on ballots provided to members only by
the Board of Directors.

Section 3. All ballots will be counted by the Board of Directors or their
designee.

Section 4. The Immediate Past President, serving as chair of the
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Directors for approval, before the Annual Business meeting of the full MAAP
Membership.

5. Revisions
The standing rules may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the MAAP members
attending the MAAP annual meeting.

6. Guidelines
Section 1. Attendance at National Conference: MAAP may send two
representatives to the National Alternative Education Conference. [15]

Section 2. Reimbursements:
(a) Travel: MAAP will pay the IRS rate up to $50 to Board members
attending meetings if their district does not pay the cost of travel.

(b) Substitutes: MAAP will pay up to $135.00 per day to include sub
pay reimbursement and fringe benefits for substitutes for Officers,
Regional Directors and Committee Chairs attending State meetings
and other pertinent functions if their district does not pay the cost
of substitutes. This reimbursement may be used up to 3 days per
year for Regional Directors and Committee Chairpersons, up to 5
days per year for Officers, and up to 7 days per year for the
President. For additional days (MAAP State Meetings and other
pertinent functions) to what is stated, Officers, Regional Directors
and Committee Chairs will need prior approval of the President.
[8][15]

(c) All requested reimbursements must be attached to a voucher with
receipts.

(d) Non-budgeted expenditures must receive prior approval from the
Board of Directors.

Section 3. Governance - The MAAP organization shall be the governing
body guided by these bylaws, and the MAAP Board of Directors acting on behalf
of the members shall recognize and issue or revoke charters to regional and
youth organizations. The Board of Directors shall determine the number of
Regions (9) and the governance and the regions will elect a director to the MAAP
Board of Directors at the MAAP Annual meeting when their term expires. MAAP
STARS shall be governed by its own constitution and shall maintain contact with
MAAP through the MAAP STARS Standing Committee and its Chair.

Section 4. Financial Support - The MAAP Board of Directors shall
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distributed to Regional Organizations, to MAAP STARS, MAAP expenses,
professional development, and any additional expenditures. Otherwise, each
region may determine the more specific use of money. Moneys will be distributed
equally to regions regardless of how much money each region previously spent.
However if it is determined that the Region has not implemented a plan for using
the funds the MAAP Board of Directors may recall the unspent funds to make
available for uses it determines beneficial to the mission of the MAAP
Organization. [15]

Approved By the Board of Directors and membership on February 16, 2012.

_______________________________
Secretary of MAAP

Originally approved, February 2006
______________________
1. 2/2002, IALA definition added. IAASP definition deleted.
2. 2/2002, under Article 6, Section 2 added The President-Elect shall be responsible to learn the
duties of President and work to make connections with regions
3. 2/2002, added Section 4 under Article 6
4. 2/2002, changed wording from "up to three" to "up to five"
5. 2/2002, added Section 8 under Article 8
6. 2/2002, added Section 9 under Article 9
7. 2/2002, a change was made to delete the standing committees and their designated chairs
from this section. Previously all standing committees and chairs were listed here.
8. 2/2001, reimbursements letter b. added
9. 2/2002, the words "the regions" added to this section
10. 2/2004, the duties of Director at Large changed
11. 2/2004, the duties of President Elect changed
12. 2/2004, the conference fee increases $10.00 for Support of IALA
13. 2/2006 the following articles and sections were changed to reflect current practice:
Article 2, Definitions
Article 4, Heading
Article 7, Section 2 and Section 4
14. 2/2009, change of dues from an individual membership to IALA to and organizational
membership
15. 2/2010 the following articles and sections were changed to reflect current practice:
Article 2, Definitions,
change Alternative Education to The study or practice of implementing non-
traditional schools, programs or approaches to teaching and learning
under Alternative School add or a separate program within a traditional school
and delete the word comprehensive
under Traditional School delete and to which assignment of students is made
more on a basis of geographical location than unique educational need
under Charter Schools add under Minnesota Statute 124.D.10 and other and
delete the word the
Article 3, Purpose, Sec. 1,
delete a
change agent to agents
Article 6, Duties of Officers, Sec. 3, change Board of Directors to President


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Article 6, Duties of Officers, Sec. 5, add (or spring) retreat/
Article 6, Duties of Officers, Sec. 6, delete and/or leadership of MAAP statewide special
projects and initiatives as directed by the Board of Directors
Article 7, Board of Directors, Sec. 2, change will to may
Article 8, Duties of Board of Directors, Sec. 4, change may to shall
Article 8, Duties of Board of Directors, Sec. 5, change Boards to Boards
Article 9, Elections, Sec. 1,
change less to fewer
delete shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors
Article 9, Elections, Sec. 3, added Regions shall hold their elections
Standing Rules, #2 Dues, change will to may
Standing Rules, #6 Guidelines, Sec. 1 Attendance at National Conference
changed shall to may
deleted They shall be the President and the President's designee
Standing Rules, #6 Guidelines, Sec. 2 Reimbursement, Sub-section #2 Substitute
reimbursement
increase of substitute pay reimbursement from $90 to $135
added Regional Directors
added and other pertinent functions
added For additional days (MAAP State Meetings and other pertinent functions) to
what is stated, Officers, Regional Directors and Committee Chairs will need prior
approval of the President
Standing Rules, #6 Guidelines, Sec. 4 added, , and any additional expenditures.
16. 2/2010, Duties of Executive Coordinator added
17. 2/2011, Article 5, Section 2 added The term for newly elected officers shall begin at the
first regular board meeting following the state conference and elections. Article 11 added,
Impeachment and Removal of Officers.
18. 2/16/2012, Article 6, Section 5 changed fiscal year to be J uly 1 to J une 30.
19. 2/16/2012, Article 7, added Sections 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. These additions address removing
a regional director from the MAAP Board and the use of regional director proxies.



CERTIFICATE

The undersigned Secretary of the Minnesota Association of Alternative
Programs (MAAP), a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, does hereby certify that
the foregoing bylaws are the bylaws adopted for the corporation.


____________________________ ___________________________
Date Secretary

MAAP STARS

Success Teamwork Achievement Recognition Self Esteem

MAAP STARS is the youth organization of Minnesota Association of Alternative
Programs. STARS is a broad-based vocational organization for students in secondary
alternative programs in the United States. The purpose of MAAP STARS is to help
students:
Develop employment, academic and social skills
Experience career related activities that in turn assist them in making an informed
career choice.
Build a cooperative and competitive spirit through individual and team activities
and competition.
Strengthen social skills and build an appreciation for the responsibilities of
citizenship, brotherhood, and the American free enterprise system.
Develop self-confidence; increase motivation, and create a desire for and belief in
life-long learning.
To meet, have fun with, and ultimately develop an appreciation for students and
staff from other alternative programs.

The following STARS events and activities are held annually:
The Fall Leadership Conference (November)
Legislative Day (March)
The Spring Events Conference (April)
Many MAAP regions hold Regional STARS activities throughout the year
Leadership Opportunity for one of your students to run for STARS State Officer


STARS Spring Events Conference
The Annual STARS Spring Events Conference will be April 10 & 11, 2014 at the
Ramada Mall of America Hotel in Bloomington. Registration information is available on
the MAAP website at www.maapmn.org or you can contact Patti Haasch, STARS Chair,
at pjhaasch@ yahoo.com for more information.
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A T T R A C T I O N S , L A N D M A R K S A N D P A R K S
Skywalk/Lakewalk
Mileage
L E G E N D
Park Plus Coupons
Many downtown businesses participate in this
free parking program. Ask for your coupon to
park in the ramps or ride on the DTA.
DULUTH DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT
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Crime Prevention Public Safety Visibility
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THIS IS THE DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT!
G 14 Aerial Lift Bridge
B 10 Bayfront Park
G 14 Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
H 9 Charter Fishing Docks
D 3 Civic Center
F 10 DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center)
D 6 Depot/Duluth Heritage & Art Center
H 11 DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace
G 5 DTA Transit Center
I 8 Entry Clock Tower
O 5 Fitgers
K 4 Fond-du-Luth Casino
D 10 Great Lakes Aquarium and Freshwater
Discovery Center
U 6 Greater Downtown Councils
Movies in the Park
G 4 Holiday Center
H 13 Horse Carriages
G 8 Duluth 10 Movie Theatre
I 3 Greater Downtown Council
K 6 Lake Place Park & Image Wall
U 6 Leif Erikson Park (Rose Garden)
D 5 Public Library
G 10 Minnesota Slip Drawbridge
F 7 Northwest Passage/Skywalk
D 6 North Shore Scenic Railroad Stop
D 8 Playfront Park
J 4 The Village on Superior
I 4 Visit Duluth
F 11 Vista Fleet Excursion Boats
G 9 William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum
To access downtown fromI-35 eastbound, exit at 5th Ave. W.
To access downtown fromI-35 westbound, exit at Lake Ave.
Free parking evenings &weekends at many ramps
and on-street meters.
Lakewalk
Lakewalk Entrance
One Way Streets
Parking
Scenic Railroad
RR Scenic Railroad Boarding Stop

Skywalk System
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Washrooms
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6.2 Miles
(12.4 miles round trip)
Lakewalk from Canal Park
to 60th Ave. East
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