Metro South Updates-  2/5/18


We have had to move the conference forward one day.  It will be

Wed. and Thur. April 11-12, 2018.

Please, change your calendars and any correspondence with the old dates.  These new dates are the ones we had originally proposed to the hotel.  There was some confusion and a scheduling glitch occurred.



The MAAP Conference is THIS WEEK.  As part of the conference last year each region had their own table set up to help showcase great things happening at our schools, and we are planning to continue it again this year.  

I sent out an email earlier asking those of you that are attending please bring materials to have at the table (flyers, brochures, pictures, etc.), so this is just a reminder to have those things with you.  We all do great things within our schools, and this is a great way to show it off!

Can't wait to see you all at our regional meeting on Thursday during the conference!



Michelle Christenson

Job Posting

I) Job Title

 Director – North Shore Community School


 II) Position Summary

 The primary function of the Director is to provide NSCS core values-based direction and leadership regarding the achievement of the school’s mission and strategic plan. The Director will support the operation of the Board of Directors; act as the school’s educational leader; ensure the maintenance of a safe and nurturing learning environment; manage the financial, physical, and human resources of the school; and engage in positive relationships between the school and its employees, students, parents, and community members.


 III) Additional Information About the Organization

 More information about the organization may be found


IV) Application Process

 A) Interested applicants should send the following, & only the following documents initially:

1. Cover letter of application

 2. Current professional resume

 3. Three letters of recommendation from professionals related to the

applicant’s professional experience


B) Interested applicants should send printed copies of the above documents to:

Big River Group

Att’n: Bruce Miles

PO Box 5120

St. Cloud, MN  56303-5120


VI) Review of Applications

 Review of applications will begin on or after February 23, 2018.  All applicants will receive phone calls re: the status of their materials after they are received.  Applicants of interest will be appraised of next steps on or after March 1, 2018.  A final decision will be made by April 1, 2018.


VII) Salary & Benefits

 Dependent upon qualifications, education & experience.


Student Survey


A group of students from Pillager Area Charter school is doing a project involving data collection and analysis.  They have constructed two Google Surveys.  One is directly from the ACES survey.  The other is a survey about how they are supported in their alternative program.  Our goal is to collect as much data as we can and turn it into a tool that we can use to communicate to decision makers and community members.  If you could take some time out of your busy school day sometime before the end of next week, (Feb 16) to have your students complete both surveys, it would be greatly appreciated.  ​


Greg Zimmerman

 School Support Survey



Metro South Updates-  1/26/18


If you have already registered for this year's 35th Annual MAAP Conference, I would like to say, "thank you"!

If you haven't already registered, don't miss this year's conference!

This year's theme is Lifelong Learning: We Inspire the Desire!

Three great keynote speakers: Wayne Jennings, Nikhil Goyal and Michael Veeck.


Below you will find draft copies of the Conference Framework and the "At-A-Glance" :

We're once again covering over 75 breakout sessions on a wide variety of educational topics.

You will have the opportunity to connect with some of the best educators in the Minnesota.

Register for the 2018 Annual MAAP State Conference by going to: Conference Registration

Don't miss this great experience! Hope to see you at the Verizon Center in Mankato!

Steve Allen

MAAP Updates

1. If you have legislators visiting at your schools please let me know, so we can track our legislative involvement.  We need to make sure that alternative schools are being heard and represented.  

2. We will be having regional tables again at this year's conference.  I need your help here.  If you would please bring along any materials (poster board, handouts, etc.) to showcase what's going on in your schools, then other regions can stop by our table and take a look at what's happening in the schools in the South Metro region.  If you are planning to come and can bring something with you, please respond to this email so I can plan on you.

3.  We will be having a regional meeting during the conference on Thursday (Feb. 8) from 4:30-5:00. At this meeting, we will discuss programs in our region along with a vote for a regional director.

Learning Experiences

Greetings, Check out the two documents below. The first article shares a learning experience that Greg Zimmerman set up for his Pillager Area Charter School students.  You will note that this experience culminated with a "Circle" experience that was held at Delon Musselman's home in Faribault and a dinner provided by a local restaurant owner.

The second article is an outline of Delon's "Sacred Circle" breakout session that he will be doing at our Annual State Conference in a couple of weeks.

Enjoy, Steve

Metro South Updates-  1/9/18

MAAP Conference and MAAP Newsletter

It's almost time for the 2018 MAAP Conference. Here is a newsletter with all the latest details, and a copy of the latest Conference Framework:

2018 MAAP Conference Newsletter

2018 MAAP Conference Framework

Check the website for the latest details.

2018 MAAP Conference Webpage

Steve Allen

ALC Best Practices-Need Feedback

I'm putting together some information for the district regarding ALC best practices, and I'm wondering if any members can share any research on specific class size recommendations for alternative learning?

Thank you!

Jodi Danielson

Secondary Personalized Learning Coordinator

Lakeville Area Learning Center

20950 Howland Ave.

Lakeville, MN 55044

(952) 232-2090 (phone)

(952) 469-7171 (fax) 

ALC Website

MAAP Stars-Need Volunteer Judges

MAAP STARS is looking for volunteer judges for their Spring Event.  Would you distribute the following information through your list?  There will be some overlap of people on multiple distribution lists who have already received the information, so I apologize to those people.

This year's MAAP STARS Spring Conference will be held on April 10th and April 11th at the DoubleTree in Bloomington.  We are in need of volunteer judges to score student projects presentations, and more. Please know how sincerely your time is appreciated.  

Please consider signing up to judge and bringing a friend!  Every single volunteer is important to the support of this event for our students.  Here are some quick and easy ways to check out and distribute information.

To Sign Up:

To Look Up Events and Rubrics:

To Print, Send, or Distribute a Flyer:


​For more complete information (including alternate ways to register):

 MAAP STARS Info and application page

Please contact me with any questions.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Shawn Burback

Judges Chair


Math Curriculum for SPED

We are looking for a math curriculum for our SPED students.  Does anyone have a curriculum that they would recommend?


Linda Bahe

Metro South Updates-  12/08/17

MAAP Conference Update


Things are really starting to pick up as we prepare for our annual State Conference, February 7th, 8th and 9th at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.  Here's some things you'll need to know and a few reminders.

* Our conference theme this year is: Lifelong Learning: We Inspire the Desire!

* Our three keynote speakers this year are Wayne Jennings, Nikhil Goyal and Michael Veck.

* Nominations for conference awards (staff member of the year and school or program of the year) end this Friday, December 1st!

* Presenter RFP's are still being accepted at (the link is also posted on our website).  In particular, we still are looking for hands on, active participation and curriculum based presentations.  Kristyn Martin and Sally Reynolds are also attempting to provide sessions that can be used for all of the special licensure areas.  If you have a session that may be eligible for this type of presentation, please contact Kristyn or Sally

* Early Bird registration discounts end on Friday, December 15th.

* Remember that all retired MAAP members and full time college students are eligible for a reduced registration fee.  Contact me, for more information.

* Paul Jaeger is working with colleges and universities in an attempt to attract some of their professors and students to our conference.  Please let Paul, or me know if you can be of assistance.

* The designated conference hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn and the Mankato City Center Hotel.  Links are posted on our website.  If you call for reservations, make sure that you tell them that you are with MAAP.  If you register online, use the code "MPA" for the Hilton Garden and "MAAP" for the Mankato City Center.

Hope to see you in Mankato!

Tokata Learning Center -Fall District Workshop Video


Eric Serbus, from the Tokata Learning Center shared with me a short video from his Fall District Workshop.

It's really worth watching!


History of Thistledew

For those of you who have been working in education for awhile, you will probably remember the Thistledew Camp.  I recently received a doctoral dissertation by Anne Chelin-Anderson from Lucille Hart, a former MAAP Board member who is now the Education Director at MCF-Togo.  I took the liberty to cutting and pasting a short part of her abstract.  It's a fascinating dissertation.  If you would like me to send you the full dissertation, just let me know.


This is an historical analysis of a specialized residential Minnesota youth program, Thistledew Camp, governed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections and approved by Minnesota Department of Education. This program served at risk youth ages 13-17 (age 18 if they had a birthday while at the camp) who were court ordered to the program because of behaviors, truancy, or probationary violations. Additionally, some students were placed in the facility by social services or their families because they were chemically dependent youth in need of addiction counseling services. The students assigned, or court ordered to the Thistledew Camp facility, were taught essential skills to meet both societal and legal expectations in their educational and personal lives. Even though this is chronicling the history of a single small Department of Corrections program for juveniles, it is important in contributing to the research regarding best practices for juvenile justice and examining non-punitive, relationship based programing for disenfranchised youths.

Elympics Results

Here's the final results of today's Elympics.  Congratulations to Knights Academy!  Special thanks to Tom Wendt for coordinating this great event again.


Final Results for 2017 Winter E-lympics

Team name





Knights Academy

Knights Academy-Thorson

Knights Academy Thorson



Knights Academy

Knights Academy-Hutter

Knights Academy H.



Fridley A.

Fridley A

Fridley A.



Southwest Metro

SWMetro Cyborg Dolphins

SWMetro Cyborg Dolphins



St. Croix Valley ALC

Minnesota Jabberwockers

Minnesota Jabberwockies



St. Croix Valley ALC

St. Croix Valley ALC

St. Croix ALC PickleZ



REBC Pathways


REBC Pathways








Long Prairie

Long Prairie Team 1

Long Prairie Team 1








Brainerd AEA

Brainerd 2

Brainerd2 B.



Owatanna ALC

Owatonna A

Owatonna A



Youth Educational Services

YES Parrots

YES Parrots



Knights Academy

Knights Academy-Conigliaro

Knights Academy Conigliaro



Freshwater Edu District Staples ALC

Freshwater Fox Squad

John Fox



Freshwater Edu District Staples ALC

Freshwater Ferret's

Jeff Foss



Owatanna ALC

Owatonna B

Owatonna B



Brainerd AEA

Brainerd 3

Brainerd3 B.



Freshwater Edu District Staples ALC

Freshwater Fishsticks

Leah Bloemendaal



Brainerd AEA

Brainerd 1




Freshwater Edu District Staples ALC

Freshwater Funguys

Tracie Borders








Ivan Sand am only

Ivan Sand Dat Way




White Bear Lake ALC

White Bear Lake Stars

Laura Watters



White Bear Lake ALC

White Bear Lake Bears

Katrina Geske



Ivan Sand pm only

Ivan Sand Squad

April O'Leary



Ivan Sand am only

Ivan Sand Divas




Metro South Updates-  12/07/17

MAAP December Newsletter

Attached is a link to the December 2017 MAAP Newsletter. We hope you find this information useful. 

Steve Allen

Update on Educator Licensing Transition

Update on Educator Licensing Transition

The 2017 Omnibus Education bill created a new state agency called the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) consolidating the current duties and responsibilities of the Board of Teaching (BOT) and the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) Educator Licensing Division. Beginning January 1, 2018, the 11 member board and their staff will oversee teacher licensing, teacher preparation, and teacher ethics in Minnesota. The legislation also redesigned teacher licensure in Minnesota.

Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) Transition Highlights and Timeline

The law created the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to oversee and implement teacher licensing laws for the state of Minnesota. Beginning January 1, 2018, the current responsibilities carried out by the Minnesota Department of Education, Educator Licensing Division and the Board of Teaching will be consolidated into PELSB. PELSB will be responsible for (1) developing the teacher’s code of ethics; (2) adopting rules to license public school teachers; (3) adopting rules for and approving teacher preparation programs; (4) issuing or denying license applications; (5) suspending, revoking, or denying a license based on qualifying grounds; and (6) verification of district and charter school licensure compliance.

On January 1, 2018, all staff currently employed by the MDE’s Educator Licensing Division and their job responsibilities and all staff currently employed by BOT and their job responsibilities will become employees of PELSB.

What are the Changes for Customers?

Tier Licensure System Transition Highlights and Timeline

As a way to help transition current teachers into the new tiered system, on January 2018, all standard five year license expiration dates are extended by one year. Beginning July 2018, all new teacher licensing applications will follow the new tiered system and a new online licensing system will be launched. Beginning January 2019, all teacher licenses with an expiration of June 30, 2019, will begin renewing under the new tiered system.

Tiered Licensing System


Click here to access the Article:

Sign this petition in support JGESA's future on Camp Courage Campus

         As we shared with you earlier this week JGESA is working towards a permanent facility here on Camp Courage. In order to do so JGESA has had to go through a number of steps to secure various approvals from different entities.

        The current - and vitally important - step is seeking approval from the Wright County Planning and Zoning Board. They are considering our request to amend a county ordinance that currently does not allow for schools to exist in rural agricultural locations such as ours. We have petitioned the board to amend the ordinance to allow for small schools (under 150 students) to partner with existing group facilities (like Camp Courage) in rural Wright County. Without this amendment JGESA will not be able to exist on Camp Courage beyond 2021. Likely, we would  have to seek a location within city limits of a local town.

            At the initial meeting November 16th the Planning and Zoning was willing to consider the request, and have asked for a draft ordinance to be put together for review at the next meeting in December. However, there was also some push back from other local school districts that would prefer the ordnance not be amended to allow for schools like JGESA. This is where you,JGESA families, are so important.

Sign this online petition in support of JGESA.

Southern Regional Education Board-Advanced Career

The more support we have the better, please share this link with others in the community you feel would be supportive.

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Advanced Career (A.C.)  A.C. is the culmination of years of work by states and the nation’s largest school improvement network at Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).  Please review and share with appropriate staff in your District/schools.


There is a one-hour webinar to learn more about AC.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 2 p.m. ET


Click here to register; link:


I work for MN State Engineering Center of Excellence.  Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions,­­­­ or I can provide additional information on SREB’s Advance Careers. We believe this initiative has strong educational potential; is worth your careful consideration, as we work collaboratively to create the next generation workforce who are engineering solutions.


James Mecklenburg- Program Director Post-Secondary Success

Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence

Minnesota State University, Mankato | 131 Trafton Science Center North | Mankato, MN  56001

Phone Office: 763-263-2687|

Workshop Opportunity-Dr. Ross Greene

The NLC is excited to announce that Dr. Ross Greene is coming to see us in MN!!!

Here is the Google link to register to attend our two-day workshop:

Got questions? Let me know.

Rachael Lehman, Principal

Northland Learning Center

(218) 741-9201

Member Question

Kelly Tschudy-Lafean has a question regarding attendance policies and accountability for students related to attendance.  Would you be willing to send her a copy of your attendance policy?  Are your students required to make up time?

Also, cell any information that you may have regarding your phone policy...


Kelly Tschudy-Lafean

Forest Lake ALC

Metro South Updates-  11/21/17

Job Posting-Twin Cities Academy

Job Description

Twin Cities Academy (6-12) school is seeking a dedicated, collaborative full time (1.0 FTE) High School English Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. The teacher in this position will teach 10th and 12th grade English and 12th grade AP English Literature.



Required: Bachelor’s degree, MN license or the ability to obtain a waiver (school will support a waiver for the best qualified person, if necessary).


Preferred: Experience working in education, particularly in an urban environment, Master’s degree. The ideal candidate will be passionate, collaborative and innovative in inspiring students to engage with literature at a college preparatory level with a willingness to close the opportunity gap to ensure all students access to rigor and college level coursework.

Institution Description

Twin Cities Academy is an urban, college preparatory, public charter school located in East Saint Paul, serving students in grades 6-12. The school’s' mission emphasizes academic rigor, leadership development, character building, and community engagement. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to attend a post-secondary institution. We have a history of success including being designated consistently as a "Reward" school by the Minnesota Department of Education. TCA is a fifteen year old, well established charter school, with a history of providing a high quality secondary school education in an urban environment. Please visit the school's website at to learn more about our schools.


We are seeking a committed teacher willing to believe that all students can achieve post-secondary success if properly prepared in middle and high school.


   Based on board approved salary schedule which considers years of experience, level of education and prior work performance. All insurance benefits (health,    dental, life, short term and long term disability) are fully paid for by the employer (TCA) with no cost to the employee.


Application Instructions/Comments

Please email a cover letter, resume, and file folder number to The position is open immediately and is a permanent position.

Job Posting

Hello -

 I'm on the board and search committee of Bright Water Elementary (I'm also a parent of students), a charter Montessori-based elementary school in North Minneapolis. Bright Water is currently looking for a new Head of School, and our applicant pool has been slimmer than we would like.  I was hoping that perhaps you may know of a candidate or two that could apply.

Bright Water is a unique school - our mission is to attempt to close the achievement gap using the Montessori method in an intentionally diverse environment.

As we search for a new Head of School, we're looking for someone with passion, above all.  Passion for addressing concerns of inequality, passion for the Montessori method (more than actual experience or training) and passion for a school that is a haven for many of the students that attend.  Ideally, we'd also like someone with charter school experience.

I've attached the job description.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in the position beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, please encourage them to apply.

Thank you so much for your assistance,

Sarah Henkemeyer


Connecting with Colleges


One goal we have for this year's MAAP State Conference is to draw more good people into the MAAP community.  More specifically, we are hoping to reach out to folks at colleges and universities in the Land of 10,000 Lakes doing important work in and around the field of education.  Do you know of any professors, programs, or organizations in our great state pushing the envelope in the field that we can bring into the fold?  If so, please let me (Paul) know, and I will personally extend a hearty invitation to them.  

I would also like to remind you that we have special conference rates available for all full time college students (this includes student teachers and interns).  Contact Steve Allen at for more information.  It's a great deal!  Also at this years conference, we will again be offering not only the teacher and administrative CEU's, but also this year, we are attempting to provide sessions that cover all of the special licensure areas!

Finally, if your or any of your staff members are currently taking college classes, please help us distribute and share this information in your college classes and on your college campuses.

Let me know if I can be of any help and/or assistance.  I've attached a copy of a flyer that you can post at your schools.

All best to you,

Paul Jaeger,

Minnesota New Country School

2017 Winter Elympics

The Elympics

Coming on Thursday December 7th!

Link to information about upcoming Elympics from the MAAP website

Link to registration form

Or go to webside. Under the Students tab, select Winter 2017 Elympics Feel free to forward.

Thank you,

Tom Wendt

St. Croix Valley ALC

Metro South Updates-  11/13/17

Job Opening-287


Here is an employment opportunity I found at Intermediate District 287. The position is Math Teacher. Please click the link below for more information about this vacancy.

Please help me to share they 1.0 math opening at Gateway to College in Brooklyn Park. Lea Dahl

MAAP Stars Leadership Conference

Here is the link to the Video of the 2017 Leadership conference.  Special thanks to Michael Myers-Schleif and Konie Theisen-Brudwick for all their help in coordinating!

Nominations for Exemplary Award Recipients

First of all, I would like to remind you that as past Exemplary Award recipients, you are entitled to attend our 2017 34th Annual State Conference, free!  Here's the direct link to our conference registration site -  At the end of the registration process, there will have a place to enter a special code.  Put in saexemplary in this box. Your registration total will then be zero.  The event registration system is now open, register now!  

It's also the time to solicit nominations for the 2018 MAAP Exemplary Award.  Past Exemplary recipients and current members of the MAAP Executive Committee are eligible to submit nominations and to vote.  Please remember that this is a very prestigious award.  The criteria is listed below:

*  The recipient must have demonstrated outstanding dedication, service and or commitment to alternative education.

*  The recipient must have made a significant contribution to their students, their program, MAAP and / or their communities.

*  The recipient can not be a current MAAP Executive Committee member.

Please include a short rationale statement explaining why the person is deserving of the award.  Please send nominations to me by Friday, December 1st, 2017.  They can be emailed to me at  Shortly after the December 1st deadline, I will send out the ballot for you to vote on.  I have listed some of the individuals who have appeared on previous ballots:  

Shirley Gilmore, Terry Lydell, Brad Lundell, Joe Nathan, Phil Knutson, LeRoy Putnam, Tom Wendt, Chris Thompson, Dawn Newton, Mark Herman, Don Johannson, David Ellis, Doug Thomas, Steve Hammero, Jan and Al McClelland, Lea Dahl, Tony Scallon, Clarice Renschler, Brandon Wait and Jessica Lipa.

You can nominate any of these individuals again and/or anyone else who is eligible.A couple years ago, the MAAP Board ammended the Exemplary Award process, including the addition of a Veteran's Committee process.  If necessary, this process will go into effect after we finish this year's nomination and election process.

Remember . . . this is a nomination period.  Send your nominations to me with a short rationale statement.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you! Steve Allen

Past recipients are:


-  Wayne Jennings

-  Bob Jibben

-  Gene Johnson


-  Steve Allen

-  Roger Klimpel


-  Arlo Renschler

-  Governor Rudy Perpich (posthumously)

-  Lydell Taylor


-  Dan Daly

-  Patti Haasch

-  Peggy Hunter


-  Wally Campbell

-  State Senator Jim Pehler


-  David Bly

-  Senator Paul Wellstone (posthumously)


-  Don Glines


-  Mike Luger

-  John Sedey


-  Joan Sorenson

-  Bob Wiltsey


-  Mary K. Boyd


-  Bob Wedl



-  Julie Johnson-Willborg

-  Lorin Ellertson


-  Julia Jilek

-  Bill Zimniewicz


-  June Long

-  Dee Thomas


-  Kip Sackett

-  Scott Neiman


- Sue Boehland

- Katy Mohabir


- Dave Hagman

- Ted Kolderie

State Conference Registration


Registration for our annual State Conference is now open!  This year's conference's them is Life Long Learning: We Inspire the Desire!  Keynote speakers will be Wayne Jennings, Nikhil Goyal and Michael Veck!  The conference will be February 7th, 8th and 9th at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.  Register on or before December 15th and you'll receive a $30.00 reduction in your registration fees.

Remember that presenters can also receive a $30.00 reduction in their registration fees. The Presenter RFP can be accessed at  Submit your presenter request as soon as possible and Chris Bodick will send you a code to use for registering as a presenter and to receive your presenter discount.

Register for the 2018 Annual MAAP conference by going to the following link:

More information can be located on our MAAP website and on our MAAP Facebook page.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns

Steve Allen

Film Festival Event

You are invited!

Come delight with the Jobs For America's Graduates (JAG) students at Menlo Park Academy, MERC Alternative School, Loring Nicollet Alternative School, MVNA Pathways Program and Takoda Prep as they screen short films about their schools. Learn more about JAG. After the screening, there will be time for networking. Please bring your business cards to trade with students as they practice their networking skills.

When you register for free tickets, please choose a ticket that most closely aligns with your professional industry. This helps our students to know who might be in the room and from which industries.

Fri, November 17, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST

Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

We hope to see you there!

Amy Anlauf-Senior Director of Education

Wilmar ALC PR

Great PR and a very nice article about Willmar ALC.  Congratulations Linda Bahe and all the students and staff at the Willmar ALC.


Metro South Updates-  11/2/17

Annual Conference Awards


Here's the link to our Annual Conference Awards.  Let's recognize the great things that our members are doing!

Thanks, Steve Allen

Special Ed Information in ALC

The grand question!!!!  What does or can an ALC due to help them?  The law is it is illegal to deny them entrance.  However, as an ALC you can be very clear about who (what level) and how (what type of programing) you are equipped to serve.  We spent a lot of time formulating some guidelines.  I have attached them.  If you have questions please let me know.

Essentially our District Special Ed supervisor serves as a gate keeper.  Making special ed case managers and special ed teams go back to the drawing board if there are greater needs than the ALC can provide.  Every once in a while one sneaks through and we have to back track, but for the most part it works.

Thanks Z





The Rochester Public School Area Learning Center programs are for students who need an alternative-learning environment.  For a few special education students who demonstrate a need for an alternative program, an Area Learning Center program may be an appropriate option.  Through their IEP, most special education students can be provided an alternative program within the comprehensive school setting, while at the same time, ensuring they receive appropriate special education services.


IDEA creates a preference for educating students in their neighborhood school.  Specifically, the regulations implementing IDEA state that a school must ensure:  (1) that each child's placement "is as close as possible to the child's home"; and (2) that "unless the IEP of a child with a disability requires some other arrangement, the child is educated in the school that he or she would attend if nondisabled."  34 C.F.R. 300.116(b)(3) & (c).


However, the general preference for a neighborhood school is not absolute.  An IEP team may place a student in a different school if the student is cannot succeed in the neighborhood school.  Similarly, the IEP team can place a student in a different school if the neighborhood school does not have the structure or program necessary to meet the student's needs.  Districts are not required to create an entirely new program, or to make expensive alternations to the physical plant, in order to keep a student at his/her neighborhood school.


Through the IEP the school can:

·          Modify schedules                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
            Alter curriculum

·          Provide accommodations in the general education setting

·          Create off-campus work experiences

·          Make any number of other program adaptations and modifications needed by the student


To be considered for any Area Learning Center Program, the student must demonstrate a need, based on High School Graduation Incentive criteria, for an alternative program.  Then, the critical question that needs to be addressed when considering a special education student is:  “What can the Area Learning Center program provide that cannot be provided through the IEP at the student’s home school?”


If school staff, the parent, or a student, is making a request for a special education student to attend an Area Learning Center program, the first step is for staff from the sending school to request a meeting including representation from the Area Learning Center to present information regarding the student.  Required participants in this meeting will be:


¨     The student’s IEP case manager

¨     The student’s assigned counselor

¨     The school psychologist from the sending building and the Area Learning Center if a re-evaluation is needed

¨     The social worker, coordinator, or special education teacher from the Area Learning Center (Please include all of these in the meeting invitation.)

¨     Student Support Services Supervisor for Middle School or High School

¨     Building Administrator from the sending building


Other school personnel may be asked to attend as circumstances warrant.  This is a meeting for staff only to consider options and implications of each option – no decisions are made.  Parents are not included at this stage.


This initial meeting will be to determine:

1.         Review of the Student’s Special Education Evaluation Report;

2.         Review current or need for a Functional Behavioral Assessment

3.         Review current or need for a Behavior Intervention Plan;

4.         Review current IEP services;

5.         Consider the involvement of the Student Support Services Intervention Specialist to complete observations in the current setting and provide alternative behavior intervention strategies.

6.         If the student demonstrates a need for an alternative program offered by the Area Learning Center.  This will include a review of all previous interventions attempted at the sending school and their effectiveness.

7.         If the student’s special education needs can be met at the Area Learning Center.


Only if both of these conditions are met will the student be considered for placement in an Area Learning Center Program.

·          If the placement in an Area Learning Center program is not appropriate: The sending building needs to convene an IEP team meeting to discuss and review the following items to determine what other options and changes to the IEP are needed as appropriate to meet the student’s needs at their home school:

a.         Review of the Student’s Special Education Evaluation Report;

b.         Review current or need for a Functional Behavioral Assessment

c.         Review current or need for a Behavior Intervention Plan;

d.         Review current IEP services;

e.         Consider the involvement of the Student Support Services Intervention Specialist to complete observations in the current setting and provide alternative behavior intervention strategies.


·      If placement in an Area Learning Center program is appropriate:

a.         The parents are contacted and a request to attend an IEP meeting is initiated.

b.         An IEP team meeting will be convened at the site of the Area Learning Center program to consider placement there, to amend the current IEP to reflect the student’s attendance at the Area Learning Center, and to decide how delivery of specially designed instruction will occur.

c.         Staff from the sending school may need to attend the meeting to assist with the development of the IEP.

d.         Case management will become the responsibility of the special education teacher at the ALC.

e.         The student will be subject to the same intake procedures as other students.

f.          The student may also be placed on a waiting list for entry into specific program options if space is not available.

Design Contest

2018 Engineering Machine Design Contest

March 2, 2018

Centennial Student Union Ballroom

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Metro South Updates-  10/30/17

MAAP-35th Annual State Conference Information


Planning for our 35th Annual State conference continues to move forward.  Our theme is set:

Life Long Learning: We Inspire the Desire!


Our three primary keynote speakers are:
Wayne Jennings, "Transforming Schools"; 5-6:00PM Wednesday Feb 7th

Nikhil Goyal, "Schools on Trial"; 10:55-11:55AM Thursday Feb 8th

Michael Veeck, "Fun is Good"; 8:40-9:40AM Friday Feb 9th

Vendors and Exhibitors - We still need your help in recruiting vendors and exhibitors.  Please talk to vendors who you would like to see attend and encourage them to contact Deanna Chiodo at for more information. Yes, there will once again be vendor/exhibitor bingo and a scavenger hunt at this years conference!

Call for Presenters - The presenter RFP can be attained via the following link:  Remember presenters approved by December 15, 2017 are eligible for a $30.00 reduction in their registration fees.

Because of the diversity of alternative education, Conference Chair Chris Bodick is challenged to seek out presenters covering a wide area of content.  Remember, "Practitioners Make the Best Presenters"!  Share your knowledge and expertise.

We're always looking for applicable and hands-on presentations, as well.  We need presenters to share the things that they are doing in their classrooms.  This includes (but not limited to), physical education, art, music, technology, service learning projects, etc.  Conference attendees enjoy "getting involved" in the learning process!

Kristyn Martin and Sally Reynolds are making an attempt to recruit presenters to cover all of the special licensure areas covered at our conference

* Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

* Accommodation, modification, adapation of curriculum, materials, etc. for Standards

* Reading Preparation

* Key Warning Signs of Early-Onset Mental Illness in children and adolescents

* Integration of Technology

* Reflective Statements of professional growth & accomplishments/ELL Instruction

Our goal is to attempt to offer all of the specialty licensure sessions available at this year's conference.

Hotel Information - The designated conference hotels are the Mankato City Center Hotel (we have 100 rooms available at $91.00 per night) and the Hilton Garden Inn (we have 60 rooms being held at $94.00 per night).  When making plans, don't forget the hotel tax rate is 10.875%.  The deadline for special hotel rates is January 17, 2018.  Reserve your room now!

Conference Registration - We hope to have our State Conference Event Registration System posted by the first week of November.  The registration link is  Some registration reminders:

* There is a $30.00 early bird discount for registrations submitted by December 15, 2017.

* There is a special rate for full time college students.  This rate is $100.00 for one, two or three days at the conference!  Individuals should contact Steve Allen at for more information.

* New this year!  There is a special rate for retired MAAP members!  This rate is $100.00 for one, two or three days at the conference!  Individuals should contact Steve Allen at for more information.

Awards  - MAAP presents awards in recognition of the many talented professionals and students within Minnesota's alternative education programs.  At this year's conference, we will again recognize our "School of the Year" and our Staff Member(s) of the year. Here is a link for nominations for both the School and Staff of the Year.Nomination for School and Staff of the Year

Networking Extravaganza - Plans are being made to provide another great opportunity for conference participants to professionally dialogue and yes, even laugh!

More Information - As we move forward, more information will be available on our MAAP website, and on our Facebook page.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns

Steve Allen

Tech & Training Expo

The Tech & Training Expo designed specifically to build pipelines of talented underrepresented youth with workforce development opportunities. It's a hybrid event in that the Wunderkammer will be held with St. Paul College; there will be an opportunity for youth to tour training programs at SPC followed by Sundance's interactive tech & training expo. The expo date is November 1st. The event will be hosted on the St. Paul College campus.

All best regards,
Nancy Jacobs
Executive Director/Co-Founder
Sundance Family Foundation

Job Opening-Dean of Students

If you know of someone looking for an employment opportunity and think Paladin would be a great fit, we are taking applications for a Dean of Students. See job description and application info below. Feel free to forward on to someone you know.

Discover a Better High School Experience at Paladin Career Tech

Job post can be found at:

Job Title: Dean of Students

Job Term: Full-Time (10 month position, plus 15 days)

Starting Date: November 6, 2017

Date Closing: Open until filled

Location: Blaine, Minnesota

Reports To:  Executive Director

Department:  High School (Grades 9-12)

Salary and Benefits: $40K - $55K and is dependent on the experience and the position. Paladin offers a salary and benefits package that is competitive with surrounding public/charter school districts in the area including employee health, dental, life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance. Dependent coverage is available at group rate costs. As a public school, Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is included within the benefits package.  

MAAP 101 Update

MAAP 101

By Greg Zimmerman

A great day of learning and sharing was experienced by those who attended this year’s version of MAAP 101.  The event is supported by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs and was created over 10 years ago by Craig Wignes.  The idea was to host a small conference specifically aimed at new educators working in alternative programs.  

Working in these environments provides unique challenges.  MAAP’s mission is to lead, promote, and support innovative learning experiences for all Minnesota students.  We believe the key to doing this within our schools, and really any school for that matter, is to cultivate meaningful relationships with our learners and to provide them with relevant, meaningful, and exciting learning opportunities.  The goal of MAAP 101 is to provide tools and resources for those in attendance to bring back to their programs. We want them to have long, successful careers in education.  

This year’s MAAP 101 Conference covered a number of topics including fostering high expectations within our schools, avoiding burnout, project based learning, navigating special education, MAAP STARS, and more!  Some even did some yoga!  Over 40 people gathered to help make this event a success.  These included attendees, presenters with a wide range of experience, students, and a parent speaker.  We thank all that were present and made it a great day.  We offer special thanks to the staff and students of Ivan Sand Community High School for their hospitality and incredible contributions.  

Be sure to keep MAAP 101 in mind for 2018.  It is a terrific opportunity for new staff in your schools, or anyone who wants a chance to recharge their batteries and remind themselves why they got into alternative education in the first place!

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MAAP 101

Metro South Updates-  10/10/17

Targeted Services Coordinator Information

Kelly Tschudy-Lafean from the Forest Lake ALC would like to know how other programs or districts utilize their targeted services coordinators.  She would also appreciate it if you would be willing to share any job descriptions that you may have for this position.

Please send responses to Kelly at

Fairview Alternative High School

English or Social Studies Licensed Teacher

Description:  Roseville Area Schools has a vacancy for a Social Studies or English Teacher at Fairview Alternative High School.  This is a .3 FTE Long Term Substitute position running from October 23 to January 19th.


Application Timeline:  Roseville Area Schools continuously accepts applications for employment and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This Notice of Vacancy will be posted until filled.

Equity Vision:  Roseville Area Schools is committed to ensuring an equitable and respectful educational experience for every student, family, and staff member, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, home or first language, religion, national origin, age, or physical appearance.  Roseville Area Schools seeks individuals who embody this commitment.



Special Education Licensed Teacher

Fairview Alternative High School

Description:  Roseville Area Schools has a vacancy for a Social Studies or English Teacher at Fairview Alternative High School.  This is a .3 FTE Long Term Substitute position running from October 23 to January 19th.


Application Timeline:  Roseville Area Schools continuously accepts applications for employment and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This Notice of Vacancy will be posted until filled.

Equity Vision:  Roseville Area Schools is committed to ensuring an equitable and respectful educational experience for every student, family, and staff member, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, home or first language, religion, national origin, age, or physical appearance.  Roseville Area Schools seeks individuals who embody this commitment.



Long Term Sub Position for Counselor

Fairview Alternative High School

Description:  Roseville Area Schools has a vacancy for a Long-Term Substitute High School Counselor at Fairview Alternative High School.  This is a .8 FTE starting January 22, 2018 and ending April 20, 2018.


Preferred candidates will have:

Compensation: Minimum full year, full time starting salary is $37,757, plus a District contribution towards insurance.

Application Timeline:  Roseville Area Schools continuously accepts applications for employment and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This Notice of Vacancy will be posted until filled.      

Equity Vision:  Roseville Area Schools is committed to ensuring an equitable and respectful educational experience for every student, family, and staff member, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, home or first language, religion, national origin, age, or physical appearance.  Roseville Area Schools seeks individuals who embody this commitment.


Laura Freer, Principal

Fairivew Alternative High School

1910 County Road B West

Roseville, Minnesota  55113


MAAP 101

Reminder:  MAAP 101 is this Friday, October 13 at Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River.  MAAP 101 is designed to support new teachers to alternative education but is also valuable to veterans who would like to recharge their batteries!  We have a great day of learning and networking planned.  There are spots still available if you haven't already reserved your spot.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity.

I have attached the schedule and registration form.

Steve Allen

 2017 schedule


 2017 MAAP 101 Registration Form

 MAAP 101 At a Glance

State Conference Information

It's not too early to begin thinking about our 35th Annual MAAP State Conference.  Our Conference Planning Committee is busy selecting keynote speakers and making arrangements for a great time.  Some things to note:

  *  DATES -  February 7th, 8th and 9th, 2018 (Registration information will be posted on the MAAP website (  The conference rates for this year's conference will be $325.00 for one day, $425 for two days and $445 for three days. Early bird rates (prior to December 15, 2017), presenter discounts ($30.00) and full time college student discounts are available.

  *  LOCATION -  Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato (the conference is scheduled to move back to the DECC in Duluth in 2019).  Special conference hotel rates available at Mankato City Center Hotel and Hilton Garden Inn.  Register early to receive the special rates.

  *  THEME - This year's theme is Lifelong Learning: We Inspire the Desire!

  *  KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Nikhil Goyal; Wayne Jennings and . . .


  *  AWARDS  - Consider nominating a school or staff member for one of our great awards.  Nomination information will be posted on the MAAP website.

  *  PRESENTERS - Practitioners make the best presenters!  Consider sharing your wealth of knowledge.  Alternative education covers a wide spectrum of educational programming and services.  A large variety of presentations are needed.  Presentations related to special licensure requirements, active or applied learning and/or the conference theme are also appreciated.  The presenter application is a very simple process, all you need to do is:

  - Fill out information on the link.

  - Write a brief summary (50 words or less) of your presentation. If possible, include goal(s) of presentation and relevance to conference theme.

  -  State presenters’ names, titles, and organizations as you would like them to appear in the conference brochure.

  - NOTE: Due to safety reasons, student presenters will be allowed at this conference only during their presentation time and the students need to be supervised by the staff that they are presenting with at all times. Student work, video productions, etc. are highly encouraged.

The RFP for presenters will be listed on the MAAP website,, the direct link is:

Presentation Ideas


MAAP members work in a variety of Learning Options Programs, such as: Contract Alternatives, ALC, ALP’s, Charter, On-Line Schools, Career & Tech, Adult Basic / GED, Mental Health. Teen Parent, Residential, Day Treatment Programs, Recovery Schools, etc.  Below are some presentation ideas.  Suggestions for other topics are welcome!

Admin Issues


Strategic Planning



Contract for Services

Record Keeping & Reporting

Student Accounting

Student and Staff Handbooks

Data Based Practice



Survey instruments

Root Cause Analysis

Test interpretation

Strategic  Planning

Continuous Improvement

Quality Management

Special Ed Issues

IEP Processes and Procedures

504 Processes and Procedures

Behavioral & Instructional Strategies

Positive / Strategic Based Interventions

Rights & Responsibilities

Placement in Alternatives

Free and Approp. Public Education

Fair Pupil Dismissal Act

Legislative Issues

Program Autonomy


Lobbying and Influence

Multiple Measures

Site Based Decision-Making

Working w/ Legislators & Candidates

Graduation Standards

Teacher Licensure


Advocating for Children

State, County, Local Agencies

College Prep Support


Private Agencies


Drug Court

Other Learner Option Organizations

Leadership Skills


Student Government

Student Entrepreneurism

Political Action

Service Learning


Child & Adolescent Issues

Labels, Stigma, Teasing, or Bullying

Self Injury

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender


Juvenile Justice

Restorative Justice

Psychological Development

Brain-Based Learning

Relationship-Based Practices

Parent-Child Interactions

Social & EmotionalDevelopment

Early Intervention

Observation, Screening, Assessment

Professional Competencies

Treatments & Strategies

Effective Clinical Treatment Options

Effective Alternative Treatment Options

Evidence-based Interventions

Assessments and Testing

Behavior Management

Brain/Neurobiological Research

Research and Evidence-Based Practices


Curriculum and Instruction

Instructional Methods and Strategies

Instructional Materials

Research-Based Instruction

Learning Styles

Work-Base Learning

Experiential Learning

Ind Study & Project-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning

Differentiated Instruction


Continuous Learning Plans

Transition Plans


Independent Living Skills


Peace Corps

Job Corps




Abuse, Trauma, Crisis, & Prevention

Rick Factors

Early Identification

Mental Health Screening

Dealing with Grief, Crisis, Trauma, or


Physical, Sexual, and/or Emotional Abuse


Navigating the Mental Health System

Cultural Competency

Culturally Appropriate Services

Culturally Specific Perspectives

Immigrant Populations



Services & Resources

Resources and Funding

Community-based Services

Model Programs

Treatment Programs


On Line Education

Recovery Schools

Charter Schools

Day-Treatment Programs

Teen Parent Programs


Bullying Prevention Month

Students, Educators and Advocates Come Together to Mark Bullying Prevention Month

One group of students at Roseville High School is improving school climate by tackling stereotypes

Roseville, MN — Students and schools across Minnesota are participating in projects and events to reduce harassment and bullying in schools as part of Bullying Prevention Month. National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during October and aims to unite communities throughout the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

“It is important that we ensure all our students are safe and feel welcome at school,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “This means being in environments free of bullying and harassment. This month, we create awareness and take action to stop bullying. These behaviors are learned. Therefore, children can be taught how to avoid these behaviors and ask for help if it occurs."

Students can participate in a variety of ways. Fifteen students at Roseville High School are tackling stereotypes amongst the student body. As part of the Teens for Human Rights Club, they’ve created a visual display that shows what students feel others think of them compared to what is actually the truth about them.

The Teens for Human Rights Club created a lesson plan for every teacher to use at the same time in class. They asked every student to fill in the blanks on a card for two simple questions: People think I am ___ but the truth is ___. Of 2,000 students at the high school, 1,800 submitted answers. Students organized all of the cards by topic and created displays around the school, creating space for students to read how others feel and discuss stereotypes. Students say the exercise has improved student morale, and has helped decrease students’ potential misconceptions of each other.

Almost two out of 10 Minnesota students – 18 percent – surveyed said they were bullied or harassed weekly, according the results of the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey. Minnesota’s fifth-, eighth-, ninth- and 11th-grade students complete the voluntary, anonymous survey every three years.

The Minnesota Department of Education's School Safety Technical Assistance Center provides technical assistance and resources to help schools, teachers, students, families and communities create safe and supportive school environments. Center staff provide 250 to 300 hours of trainings each year covering a wide range of subjects, including how to identify and intervene in bullying, use restorative practices and more. In addition to providing technical assistance to teachers, school support staff, principals, superintendents and school board members, the center works directly with students, parents and families to address concerns or incidents in their communities, receiving more than 100 contacts directly to the center each year.


National Bullying Prevention Month Activities

Spirit Day: Thursday, October 19

On Thursday, October 19, people around the nation and world will come together to speak out against bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, whom research shows face disproportionately higher rates of bullying and harassment than non-LGBTQ youth. Wear purple on Spirit Day to show support for LGBTQ youth. Learn more about Spirit Day on the GLAAD organization’s website at

Unity Day: Wednesday, October 25

Unity Day is an opportunity for schools and communities to send a message that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center asks people to wear orange to show that they care about safe and supportive schools and communities. Learn more about Unity Day on PACER’s website at


 Bullying Prevention Resources

School Safety and Technical Assistance Center

Find bullying prevention and intervention resources from MDE’s School Safety and Technical Assistance Center at To seek assistance, training and resources, contact the center by email or call 651-582-8364.


Learn how you and your school can participate in Bullying Prevention Month on PACER’s website at

Teens for Human Rights Club

For information on the stereotypes project or how to start a Teens for Human Rights Club, contact club advisor Tara Miller or call 651-635-1660.

Celebrate College Knowledge Month

Students and Schools Celebrate College Knowledge Month in October

College Knowledge Month brings students, schools and colleges together to help students apply to college for free

This is the first year Minnesota students can apply to historically black colleges and universities for free, from now until June 30

ROSEVILLE, MN – Minnesota students are participating in College Knowledge Month during October, a time when high schools and postsecondary institutions help students navigate the college application process. Minnesota students can also send in college applications to participating institutions for free.

“Applying to higher education after high school can be an exciting and confusing time for students, especially if they are the first in their family to go to college,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “Bringing together high schools and postsecondary institutions helps students get the support they need to decide what is best for them. This is particularly important in eliminating barriers to college entrance and helping students get the information they need to work through their college applications.”

Minnesota joined College Application Week in 2011, which piloted at 17 high school sites. Since then, the initiative has expanded to include over 190 schools and college access programs. The month-long effort allows students to do more than just submit an application. Applying is only one step of the college application process – the result of thoughtful exploration and planning. During the month of October, students participate in the process at their own pace. Schools can align this initiative with the many college exploration activities that are already taking place in the fall of the academic year.

And for the first time ever this year, students in Minnesota can apply to historically black colleges and universities around the country for free, thanks to a new partnership with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

“Minnesota students can now apply to any number of fifty historically black colleges and universities free of charge and with just one application,” said Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller. “This partnership expands options for students and will help them choose their 'best fit' college or university.”

For more information, visit the Office of Higher Education website:

Job Posting: Math Teacher

Position: Math Teacher, 0.75 FTE


School: BlueSky Online Charter School


Description: A Math Teacher provides high quality online education to all students through a well developed and implemented math curriculum.  They work with students via the internet, telephone and other means of electronic communication to ensure full educational needs are met.



•                 Develop, design, analyze, implement, & evaluate curriculum in accordance with state standards

•                 Evaluate student work and submit grades in a timely fashion

•                 Provide support and interventions to students requiring assistance

•                 Maintain & document regular correspondence with students & family in compliance with school policy

•                 Attend parent-teacher conference nights twice annually

•                 Develop relationships with students and families

•                 Proctor state and local standardized tests

•                 Write, implement, and evaluate a yearly professional development plan

•                 Attend IEP (Individual Education Plans) and 504 meetings

•                 Attend professional development conferences and staff meetings

•                 Other duties may be assigned


Qualifications: Minimum of Bachelor's degree (BA/BS)

Current Minnesota Teachers License in Math grades 7-12.

Prefer experience with Moodle and digital learning tools.

Prefer experience teaching Intervention Math, Algebra and Geometry.


About the School: BlueSky is one of Minnesota's first fully online public charter schools. BlueSky serves students in grades 7-12 from all over the state.


How to Apply: BlueSky offers a laptop and printer to work from home office. Send letter of interest and resume to No phone calls, please.


Metro South Updates-  10/2/17

I hope everyone has enjoyed a successful start to their school year. The MAAP board of directors and conference planning committee met Friday September 22 at Ivan Sand Community School.  Here are some of the highlights you should be aware of from that meeting.

The 2018 MAAP State Conference is already taking shape.  We are once again pursuing exceptional keynote speakers and presenters.  Some have already confirmed.  It will be a great opportunity for learning and networking.  Keep in mind that discounts exist for early registration and presenters so encourage your staff to present!  There is also a $100 discount for full time students so if you have colleges in your area, or student teachers in your program, this would be a great chance for them see what alternative ed is all about and what a unique career choice it is.  The conference will be held in Mankato at the Verizon Center February 7-9, 2018.

Our webmaster, Steve Anderson has done an amazing job of updating our website and populating it with some really cool and useful stuff.  Most schools have a link to their website.  There are tips and reasons for starting a MAAP STARS program.  A member question board has been created.  Any questions about conferences can be answered here.  It has become quite the resource so check it out.

Over the years, the MAAP organization has done well for itself as far as influencing legislation without having any kind of lobbyist to help us out.  However, the folks that have been doing the heavy lifting in this area are getting older.  We need to make more connections with our legislators outside of legislative day at the capitol.  Please make an effort to get your representatives into your schools.  Phone calls are the best but an e-mail is a good start too.  Student letters sent through actual mail are powerful as well.

Important dates to remember:

SW Regional Conference – October 6, 2017

MAAP 101 New Teacher Workshop(s) - October 13, 2017

Fall STARS Leadership Conference – October 25th and 26th, 2017

Administrative Workshop – November 3, 2017

Winter E-lympics-December 7, 2017

Annual Conference - February 7, 8 and 9, 2018

STARS Legislative Day at the Capitol – February 28, 2018

Alchemist entries can be submitted at any time but have to be in by March 15 to get into this year's edition.

Fall 2017 MAAP Newsletter

Click on the  link below to access the Fall 2017 MAAP Newsletter. We hope you find this information useful.  Please send any comments to Steve Allen at

Fall 2017 MAAP Newsletter

Member Question-Credit Recovery

We are looking for the best way to offer credit recovery in our district.  We have tried many models, but we are finding that asking students to work independently on an online program or even on a packet after school does not work for many students.

Can anyone share ideas of what is working?

JoAnn Erickson

6th Annual Social Justice Education Fair

It's time to register for the 6th Annual Social Justice Education Fair! Friday October 20th, 8am-5pm at Patrick Henry High School. Who will be there?

The year's theme is "This Is Not A Test: White Supremacy, Climate Change, and the Future of Our Schools". Registration is *free* with sliding scale donation encouraged, food and childcare provided.

Please share, register, and pass along to you fellow educators, families, high school students, community members, and education change makers:…/1FAIpQLSdTR2h5L5chMyhXk0…/viewform

More information and registration information available at:


List of Workshops, see full descriptions here:

MAAP STARS Fall Leadership Information

24th Annual MAAP STARS Fall Leadership Conference

October 25 and 26, 2017

Lake Beauty Camp

25766 Hummingbird Trail

Long Prairie, MN  56347

Fall 2017 Registration Form


Horse Trail Ride Release Form

 This is an optional pre-conference activity being offered through the Camp if you want.

 MAAP Annual Administrative Workshop

The Department of Education (Conference Center A).  The MAAP Administrative Workshop is intended to allow practitioners time to listen to and discuss administrative issues with colleagues and professional resources.

Admin Workshop Agenda

To register, go to

 To assist us with planning and food preparation, we would appreciate it if you could have your registrations submitted by October 27th, 2017.

Questions and/or concerns can be directed to Steve Allen at 763-689-4055 or

Minnesota Awarded $21.2 Million Grant

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Minnesota awarded $21.2 million grant to improve reading skills of 30,000 students

Funds from the U.S. Department of Education to improve reading skills of students from birth through grade 12

ROSEVILLE, MN – The Minnesota Department of Education announced today it received a $21.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve reading skills of students from birth through grade 12. The grant will serve an estimated 30,000 students.

The funds will be used to provide coaching supports for teachers and educational leaders, strengthen the

use of evidence-based literacy practices in targeted schools and non-profits, and engage families and communities, all with the aim of increasing the literacy skills of disadvantaged children in Minnesota. Priority will be given to schools and early childhood programs serving high concentrations of students living in poverty, learning English, or receiving special education services. Funds can be used to hire reading coaches, provide summer reading programs, expand professional development, purchase literacy supplies, and improve data collection and software storage.

“We know success in school depends on our students' ability to read well at every grade,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “This grant gives us a significant boost in our work to make sure all of our students—from our youngest learners through our high school graduates—attain the necessary reading skills that will help them succeed in school, work and life.”

The department will provide more information about the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant and its distribution this coming spring, with funds expected to be out the door by summer 2018. The department will provide assistance and guidance to districts and non-profits awarded funding.  

Recognizing that early literacy is a critical developmental milestone for students, Governor Dayton worked with the Minnesota Legislature in 2011 to set the goal of ensuring every child could read at or above grade level by third grade. Minnesota’s Reading Well by Third Grade statute emphasizes the importance of early learning literacy as an important developmental milestone for students, and currently funds $45 million in literacy incentive aid for schools based on students’ reading proficiency and growth.

Reading proficiency is one of the five performance measures in the school accountability system known as World’s Best Workforce, passed in 2013 to ensure every school district in the state is making strides to increase student performance. The World’s Best Workforce law requires school districts to show progress in key areas, such as having all third-graders reading at grade level and making sure all students are ready for career and college. Improving reading proficiency is key to reaching Minnesota’s goals.

The new federal grant funds will build upon the $257 million in early learning and literacy investments made under the leadership of Governor Dayton since taking office in 2011. More than 99.5 percent of Minnesota schools across the state now offer free full-day kindergarten, which has benefitted 168,000 Minnesota 5-year-olds. A total of 16,400 children have accessed early learning programs through early learning scholarships, and 6,100 4-year-olds are enrolled in school-based pre-K and school readiness plus programs this fall in 109 school districts and charter schools across Minnesota.

Metro South Updates-  9/25/17


See below for information about the MAAP Stars-Leadership Conference, and  MAAP 101 Registration.

MAAP 101 Registration

Registrations for MAAP 101 are now open!

Date:  Friday October 13, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM

Location: Ivan Sand Community High School, 1232 School Street,

Elk River, MN 55330

Registration Instructions:

2017 MAAP 101 Registration Form

2017 MAAP 101 Conference Flyer

MAAP STARS Fall Leadership Information

24th Annual MAAP STARS Fall Leadership Conference

October 25 and 26, 2017

Lake Beauty Camp

25766 Hummingbird Trail

Long Prairie, MN  56347

Fall 2017 Registration Form

Horse Trail Ride Release Form

On the billing page it reads that horseback riding is $10/person.  The actual price is $15/person.  This is an optional pre-conference activity being offered through the Camp if you want.

 MAAP Annual Administrative Workshop

Registration is now open!

The MAAP Annual Administrative Workshop is being held on Friday, November 3rd at the Department of Education.  As you will see in the attached flyer, we have numerous great presentations lined up for you.  The goal of this workshop is intended to allow practitioners time to listen to and discuss administrative issues with colleagues and professional resources. This workshop is open to principals, directors, teachers, support staff and/or anyone who's currently in or interested in alternative education.  Watch for more information, including session overviews in the very near future.

Admin Workshop Agenda

To register, go to

 To assist us with planning and food preparation, we would appreciate it if you could have your registrations submitted by October 27th, 2017.

Questions and/or concerns can be directed to Steve Allen at 763-689-4055 or

Metro South Updates-  9/13/17

Good Morning!

There are 2 great workshops coming up that are intended to support Admin and Teachers! We are looking for additional presenters for the MAAP Administrative Workshop. Please pass this information onto staff who maybe interested. See Below.

Past issues of the Metro South Digest can been accessed at: Metro South Digest


Michelle Christenson, M.Ed., M.S.

Program Coordinator

Beacon Alternative Learning Program | Bloomington Public Schools | 952-681-5058

South Metro Regional Director | Minnesota Association of Alternative Program

Need Additional Presenters-MAAP Administrative Workshop


I hope that your school year is off to a great start!  We are busy planning our up-coming MAAP Administrative Workshop.  It will be held on Friday, November 3rd at MDE.  We've got some great presentations already lined up.  We've tried to listen to what type of sessions that our members have suggested or wanted.  I'm looking for a couple unique presentations to fill out this years workshop.  Please let me know if you know of someone who can provide any of the following breakout sessions:

         *  Successful practices that have increased student attendance rates

         *  Strategies for increasing parental engagement

         *  Facilitating mental health programs in schools and making community resources

             more readily available to our students

Registration information will be sent out in the next week or two and posted on our web site.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Steve Allen

MAAP 101 for New Educators


Greg Zimmerman has been busy planning our annual MAAP 101 workshop for this year.  MAAP 101 is for new or somewhat new educators who are entering alternative education.  This is a great way to provide your new staff with some excellent professional resources and contacts.  Please see the MAAP 101 Flyer below and mark your calendars for Friday, October 13th.   MAAP 101 will again be held at the Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River.

Watch for more details on our website at and in future mailings.

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Metro South Updates-  8/28/17


I hope everyone had a great summer break! Below is a job posting.

Michelle Christenson, M.Ed., M.S.

Program Coordinator

Beacon Alternative Learning Program | Bloomington Public Schools | 952-681-5058

South Metro Regional Director | Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs

Job Posting

Hi Steve- I wanted to let you know that the job has been posted. People can click here to view it. Thanks.



Mary Barrie, Ed.D

Supervisor, High School to Postsecondary Initiatives

651-582-8478  |


Minnesota Department of Education

1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113


Metro South Updates-  8/19/17


See below of job postings and other information pertaining to MAAP members.

Michelle Christenson, M.Ed., M.S.

Program Coordinator

Beacon Alternative Learning Program | Bloomington Public Schools | 952-681-5058

South Metro Regional Director | Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs



Please put the following dates on your calendars:

*  Friday, October 13th - MAAP 101 at Ivan Sand High School (TENTATIVE DATE!)

*  Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th - MAAP STARS Fall Leadership Conference at Lake Beauty Camp near Long Prairie

*  Friday, November 3rd - MAAP Administrative Workshop at MDE

*  Wednesday, February, 7th, Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th - 35th Annual MAAP State Conference at the Verizon Center in Mankato

*  Wednesday, February 28th - MAAP STARS Legislative Day at the State Capitol

*  Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday April 11th - MAAP STARS Spring Conference at Bloomington Double Tree Hotel

​JOB POSTING:ISD 287 has a full time Program Facilitator

ISD 287 has a full time Program Facilitator - Leadership position open at Gateway to College (a middle college, located at HTC BP).  

This position is posted at District 287 Gateway to College Program Facilitator posting

Please share and let me know if you recommendations.

Thanks Lea Dahl

Intermediate District 287    Responsive.  Innovative.  Solutions.

Academic Operations Principal

1820 Xenium Lane

Plymouth, MN  55441


763-550-7199 fax​

REACH FOR THE STARS-(See attached document)

​I ​am forwarding you the newly published "Reach For The Stars" publication that includes MAAP STARS information.  It's a PR piece to get the word out about STARS and MAAP as well.  We're named in several places but the listing is specifically on page 25.

It's exciting to see!  You can download a copy and also request one.  

Our Officers from last year are pictured in it.

Patti Haasch


​JOB POSTING:Licensed Teacher, 9-12,1.0 FTE - Paladin Career & Technical High School

Licensed Teacher, 9-12,1.0 FTE - Paladin Career & Technical High School

Date of Availability:

2017 - 2018                      

Date Closing: Open until filled

Location: Blaine

Job Title: 1.0 FTE Licensed Teacher

Experience: 0+ Years

Reports To:  Executive Director

Department:  High School (Grades 9-12)


At Paladin Career & Technical High School, a small public charter school in Blaine, MN, it is our belief that building strong relationships is at the core of each student’s educational success.  Our mission is to help students realize their own potential and to provide an environment in which they thrive. Our students come from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.  Paladin is immensely fortunate for its diversity, which enriches the educational process where individualized programming supports the needs and interests of each student, thereby maximizing the potential for success.  With this in mind, students are engaged in their education through a combination of project-based learning, experiential learning, work-based learning and seminars (short, focused classes).  Dedicated advisers, referred to as Student Success Coordinators (SSC’s), build positive relationships supporting student growth as both educators and role-models.

To Apply:

Submit the following information via e-mail or fax:

-Cover Letter addressing the following questions

- Why do you want to join the Paladin team?

-Howshould student success be measured?


-Reference List (minimum three contacts)

-Transcripts (or proof of licensure)

-Reference Letter (optional)


Attn:  Brandon Wait, Executive Director


 For Additional Information:

Discover a Better High School Experience at Paladin Career Tech

 Discover a better high school experience at Paladin Career Tech