Fall 2005 Newsletter Dear MAAP Members: Don‘t be afraid to put your name in the hat. Each of I hope everyone is off to a great school year. us that has served on the board understand how MAAP has many exciting things happening scary it is to run for an office but the rewards you throughout this school year and there are several gain professionally and personally are definitely opportunities for everyone to be a part of them. worth the time. When I was seeking a person for Professional Development, I had three individuals Are your Mid-level students driving you out of your that were interested. I found a place for each of mind? Be sure to attend the Mid Level Conference them to help the association and I am very happy to on October 27, 2005 (see the MAAP website for have them part of the board and/or conference details). I personally attended this conference last committee. Don‘t ever think you have nothing to year and found it extremely valuable and will be offer. We need more new ―blood‖ on the board and sending two other staff members this year. Laura I would love to see five names running for each Freer does an excellent job of putting the position. conference together and bringing in top-notch educators to share ideas that have worked for them. Alfie Kohn!!!! Never heard of him? You don‘t You really do not want to miss this conference if want to miss this year‘s state conference. Mr. Kohn you have a mid-level component. has written several books and articles. Visit www.alfiekohn.org to learn more about Alfie and MAAP STARS Fall Conference: I think that every his philosophy. Read a current article written by school should find a way to get their students Kohn in September, 2005 on unconditional teaching involved in MAAP STARS. For those of us who at: have attended several STARS conferences, we http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/uncondtchg.h know what a wonderful job Kip and Deanna, along tm. The following website you can actually view with their large committee, do for kids when they sample clips of his speeches on unconditional attend. It is a ―natural‖ high and awesome self parenting: esteem booster for students. Try it and I guarantee http://www.alfiekohn.org/updvd.htm#null. We you will be hooked! hope to have a record high number of members at this year‘s conference. Election time! Over the past few years, I have heard that members see the MAAP Board as a The 2007 State Conference is currently being closed group unwilling to let new ―blood‖ become booked at Cragun‘s Resort scheduled for February, involved. I feel bad that our membership would 2007. Exact dates will be announced at a later date. feel this way. I would like to personally invite each member to consider running for office. We need Sincerely, candidates to run for the following positions: President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Director- Synova Nelson At-Large. MAAP President MAAP BOARD MEMBERS MAAP Annual Stupke, from the Moundsview ALC, has taken on the newly Officers: Synova Nelson Conference Report created ―Future Conference Submitted by Terese Seitz Planning/Conference Co-Chair‖ President position, which entails working Terry Lydell MAAP has the honor of hosting closely with the Director-at- President Elect Alfie Kohn as our Keynote Large AND cataloguing and speaker for the 23rd Annual pursuing ideas for future Tom Wendt MAAP Conference. The focus Treasurer conferences. Jeff Stenroos, from of his presentation is the Dakota County ALC, has taken Cathy Tschida importance of teaching our the Vendor Chair position that Secretary students to be empathetic and was held by Chris Thompson. skeptical. Both qualities fit well He also offered the copying and Deanna Chiodo with the conference theme, ―We folder-stuffing services of his Immediate Past President are Many, We are One.‖ program, which will save us Therese Seitz money and keeps MAAP --- Director At Large The Conference Committee is within the community. Steve working on several strategies to Allen took on the job of acting Regional Directors: use Alfie‘s notoriety to increase as liaison with the MDE, and Greg Herder awareness of alternative Greg Herder is our new Awards Bondo Nyembye Central Metro education and of the Chair. Thank you for stepping Association. For example, we up to the plate! Many thanks to Lucy Hart will be offering the general Chris Thompson and Mary Northeast public, students and staff from Ecklund-Tollas for their post-secondary institutions the dedication to the positions they Frank Herman Northeast Metro opportunity to purchase a ticket have vacated. to Alfie‘s keynote address as a Julie Johnson-Willborg stand-alone event, or as a We will need student workers Northwest ―package‖ that includes for this conference!! Duluth‘s admission to the keynote and a ALC is on break during the Tamara Newlander Northwest Metro copy of one of his newer books. conference. If your program is A description of his keynote is geographically close to Duluth Anne Runck available on page 3. and you think you can provide South Metro students, please contact me at Because we received positive firstname.lastname@example.org. Charles Brandt Southeast feedback about the ―second‖ keynote on Friday, we will be Included in this newsletter are Karen Wolters approaching Tom Boman, a the conference registration Southwest professor in the Education form, a call for the annual Department at UM-Duluth for Sue Boehland student art design competition West Central that position. You can check and a call for Presenters. out his philosophy by reading PLEASE pass copies of these The MAAP Newsletter is published three the articles he has published at: on to your colleagues. IT times a year, October, January and March http://www.duluthsuperior.com/ for the MAAP Membership. If you have TAKES ALL OF US TO mld/duluthsuperior/news/colum submissions, or comments you would like MAKE THE CONFERENCE to see published, please contact the nists/tom_boman/ . GREAT! newsletter editor: Julie Johnson-Willborg at email@example.com. We would like to welcome Make sure to check out more several new members to the conference news on pages 3-6 Conference Committee. Lynn of the newsletter Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs 23rd Annual State Conference February 22-24, 2006 The DECC in Duluth MAAP is honored to announce Alfie Kohn as the 2006 Keynote Speaker. Alfie Kohn is the author of ten books, including Punished by Rewards, The Schools our Children Deserve, What Does it Mean to be Well Educated?, and, most recently, Unconditional Parenting. He has been described by Time Magazine as ―perhaps the country‘s most outspoken critic of education‘s fixation on grades [and] test scores.‖ Kohn lives (actually) in Belmont, Massachusetts and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org. In keeping with the conference theme, We are Many, We are One, the message of Alfie‘s keynote address will be the importance of two human qualities, empathy and skepticism. He writes: ―Deborah Meier has suggested that two of the most important human qualities are empathy and skepticism: the ability to see a situation from the eyes of another and the willingness to wonder about the validity of what we are told. In his keynote address, Alfie Kohn will explore how alternative schools can take the lead in promoting both of these features. What psychologist‘s call ―perspective taking‖ is quite literally the opposite of self- centeredness. To imagine how others experience the world offers a foundation for morality; it predisposes us to help rather than to hurt. Simultaneously, as a way of thinking differently, perspective taking fosters intellectual growth. But at the same time, we want to help students develop the skills and the disposition to question, to challenge, and to oppose that which is unacceptable. The content and style of our teaching, as well as the climate of our classrooms, play a role in helping children to grow into adults who are both caring and courageous, willing to reach out to others but unwilling to simply follow orders. Kohn will explain how our schools can encourage students to become not only good learners but also good – that is, empathetic and skeptical – people.‖ Alfie will present his keynote address on Thursday morning of the conference. Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs 23rd Annual State Conference The DECC, Duluth, MN February 22-24, 2006 Conference ONLY Registration Form (Please complete a separate registration for each person) Name: ________________________________________________________________ School/Org: ____________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________________ State:____ Zip: __________________ Phone #(s): _____________________ __________________________ e-mail: ______________________________________________________ MAAP Region: NE NW SE SW S Metro W Central NE Metro NW Metro Central Metro Unsure ___ Administration or non-teacher position: ___ Teacher; Content Area(s) you teach: Presenter Discount: As a “thank you” to those who are presenting at this conference, we offer one $30 presenter discount per individual/group whose presentation is received by the Conference Committee by Friday, December 16th. If you are presenting in a group, please be sure that only one of you has used the discount. ____ I am presenting alone and have subtracted $30 from my registration payment. ____ I am the group representative for my presentation and have subtracted $30 from my registration payment. Indicate day(s) of attendance. Registration fee includes $20 MAAP and $10 IALA membership fees. Does NOT include hotel registration. Please note that there are no meals provided on Wednesday. By 1/28 After 1/28 Meals Included ____ 3 days W-F $230 $255 Thursday BLD, Fri BL ____ 2 days W, Th $170 $195 Thursday BLD ____ 2 days Th, F $205 $230 Thursday BLD, Fri BL ____ 1 day W $120 $145 No meals ____ 1 day Th $145 $170 Thursday BLD ____ 1 day F $135 $155 Friday BL ____ I prefer vegetarian meals. ____ $30 Unable to attend the conference but wish to maintain my MAAP membership ____ $60 Alfie Kohn Package (includes admission to keynote Thursday a.m., and one of Alfie’s books) ____ $50 Alfie Kohn keynote only (Thursday a.m.) ____ $30 Alfie Kohn keynote only (Thursday a.m. STUDENT RATE. MUST SHOW STUDENT ID.) TOTAL $__________________ Lodging Information MAAP has reserved rooms at these hotels, located near the DECC, at reduced room rates. Lodging accommodations and costs are separate from conference registration. Reserve a room early to ensure adequate lodging. State that you are with the MAAP Conference in order to receive the conference rate. Radisson Hotel Duluth $70 per night, double room 800-333-3333 Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites $72 per night, single or double, $82 per night, triple, $92 per night, 800-465-4329 $92 per night, quad Comfort Suites $89 per night, double room Harbor Side, 800-517-4000 $79 per night, double room City Side MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT TO: REFER OTHER CONFERENCE QUESTIONS TO: Tom Wendt Therese Seitz St. Croix Valley ALP ISCS 5640 Memorial Ave. N. 1232 School St. Stillwater, MN 55082 Elk River, MN 55330 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com fax: 651-351-8456 fax: 763-241-3532 Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 28, 2006 OFFICIAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 13, 2006 Needs You! to present at the 2006 State Conference The conference theme is “We are Many, We are One” Each program is its own universe, yet we have a common goal: educating and giving hope to at-risk youth Please sign up to share the wonderful things that you are doing in your program. Visit the MAAP website to download a Presenter Proposal www.maapmn.org ($30 conference discount if we receive it by December 16!) Address questions to Therese Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org 763-241-3400 ext. 2328 $$$ $$$ AND have your art immortalized on a pin or mug and on Conference Publications, seen and used all over the state! Design a state conference logo for the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs 1st place wins $100 2nd place wins $75 3rd place wins $50 The theme of the conference is: Size of entry limited to 8 1/2‖ x 11‖. LEGIBLY write your name, your advisor‘s name and school phone number on the back of your entry. Your design must include MAAP or the words Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. ENTRY MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 17, 2005 Mail to: Questions: Therese Seitz Call 763-241-3400 ext. 2328 Ivan Sand Community School e-mail email@example.com 1232 School St. Elk River, MN 55330 “Preeminent Voice for Educational Options” Contributed by Deanna Chiodo, ImmediatePast-President In just a few short months at the MAAP State Conference in Duluth, we will vote for four executive board members. We have the serious task of electing a treasurer, a secretary, director-at-large and president-elect. Each of these positions is vital to the continuation of our organization. I urge each of you to consider committing yourself or encouraging another strong individual to step up to an introductory or high level position in the organization. If you have nominations, please contact Nominations Chair, Deanna Chiodo at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding the officer positions, please contact me, President Synova Nelson at email@example.com, or President-Elect Terry Lydell firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all volunteers and need each other to keep MAAP focused and strong. Consider standing up for MAAP so we can all stand up for kids! __________________________________________________________________________________________ MAAP Bylaws: Approved February, 2004 Following are the MAAP Bylaws with proposed changes highlighted. These changes will be voted upon by the membership at the annual meeting in February. 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 of practice of implementing alternative schools or programs. Alternative School: An established environment apart from the regular traditional school designed to accommodate specific students‘ comprehensive educational needs; such as; work-related training, reading, math, science, communication, social skills, physical skills, employability, study skills, life skills, or cultural awareness. Regular Traditional School: An established environment designed to provide a comprehensive education to the general populace and to which assignment of students is made more on a basis of geographical location than unique educational need. 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 the relevant statues. Schools Within Schools: School programs within a regular traditional school, that may not have been designated as alternative programs, but do offer a some students educational choices to some students 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 ALC‘s 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 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 a change agent in the educational system. 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. 1. To provide educational options that will allow learners to develop their personal, academic and career potential on their way to becoming productive citizens. 2. To provide technical assistance to practitioners. 3. To be a change agent for the traditional educational system. 4. To represent the common interests of alternative learners to the greater community. 5. To provide professional development opportunities. ARTICLE 4 MAAP MEMBERSHIP 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. 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 Board of Directors. 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 April 1 to March 31, which shall be considered the fiscal year. An annual review will be conducted by August 31 every two years by a committee of no less than three persons appointed by the President. The treasurer shall submit a proposed budget to the Board of Directors at the summer meeting. Section 6. The Director-at-Large shall take on leadership of the statewide conference planning for the MAAP organization and/or leadership of MAAP statewide special projects of and initiatives as directed by the Board of Directors. [ 10 ] 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 will also have up to five  up to four  ex-officio members representing the State Department of Education, and other educational services. 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. Ex-officio members will not have voting authority on the MAAP Board. Section 3. The existing Board has the power to fill all emergency vacancies. Section 4. Each Region shall elect a Director from their regions its membership who would then be considered the Director from that Region and would to act as the Region‘s representative to the Board. The Director‘s 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. 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 all the total membership to meet. Seven Board 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 may authorize expenditures to conduct the general business of the Association and direct all matters of budget and finance. 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. Section 6. The Board of Directors shall recognize and issue charters to Regional Organizations, thereby establishing the Regions as 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 . 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 ]. ARTICLE 9 ELECTIONS Section 1. A nominating committee of not less than three members to be chaired by the Immediate Past President shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. 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 on even numbered years. 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. 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. All dues will be recommended by the Board of Directors and approved by the voting membership. In case of an emergency, members will 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 ] 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 nominations committee, shall submit a copy of the official ballot to the Board of 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 BYLAWS rev. '99 MAAP annual meeting. 6. Guidelines 1. Attendance at National Conference: MAAP shall send two representatives to the National Alternative Education Conference. They shall be the President and the President's designee. 2. Reimbursements: 1. 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. 2. Substitutes: MAAP will pay $90 per day for substitutes for Officers and Committee Chairs attending State meetings 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 [ 8 ]. 3. All requested reimbursements must be attached to a voucher with receipts. 4. Non-budgeted expenditures must receive prior approval from the Board of Directors. 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. 4. Financial Support: The MAAP Board of Directors shall determine how money collected through MAAP membership dues shall be distributed to Regional Organizations, to MAAP STARS, MAAP expenses, and professional development. 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. ______________________ 1. IALA definition added 2/2002. IAASP definition deleted. 2. Last sentence added 2/2002. 3. Last sentence added 2/2002. 4. Changed from "up to three" to "up to five" in 2/2002. 5. Section 8 added 2/2002. 6. Section 9 added 2/2002. 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. Reimbursments letter b. added 2/2001. 9. The words "the regions" added to this section 2/2002. 10. The duties of Director at Large changed 2/2004 11. The duties of President Elect changed 2/2004 12. The conference fee increases $10.00 for Support of IALA 2/2004 Lead, Promote, and Support Innovative Learning Experiences MDE Update Contributed by Glory Kibbel MDE has a new web page that is much more user As many of you are already aware I was promoted friendly; check it out at into management, as a Supervisor, this past June. http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html. Although I miss the site visits and contact with many of you, this is one of the positions I To locate information about State Approved supervise—so I will still be involved with Alternative Programs, click on Academic alternative education, albeit a different role. The Excellence (at the top); school choice; alternative Alternative Program Specialist position has not programs. If you are interested in information on been posted; hopefully I will be introducing my alternative programs you can request e-mail updates replacement in the next newsletter. Until then, I am (as information is posted) by putting in your e-mail the ‗go to‘ person for information and questions on the left side to the page. All areas at MDE have about alternative education. the same option. Just recently I heard Cornelius Rish, Center for MDE has hired a full-time Online Learning School Change, speak on poverty and his opening Specialist that is available to help you set up a comment was that you have to ―Reach before you program, or answer any of your questions. Contact teach‖. Thank you to all of you for reaching out to Karen Johnson at Karen.m.Johnson@state.mn.us or your students so that you can teach them. Because 651-582-8733. of you they will succeed. Have a great fall. I can still be reached at email@example.com or at my new telephone number, 651.582.8695. MAAP Web Site Now Offers Syndication Feed Contributed by John Lustig, Webmaster www.maapmn.org Have you visited the MAAP web site lately and The MAAP web site offers RSS Feeds for each wondered what the orange icon is on the bottom section in the navigation menu. Subscribing to the right hand side below the navigation menu? MAAP web site RSS feeds will allow you to keep track of new content to any section of the MAAP The orange XML button is a link web site. You can subscribe to one or all of the to an address that is used for web-based MAAP web site sections by visiting each section syndication. RSS stands for Really Simple you are interested in tracking updates for and Syndication and is a web technology that allows copying the RSS feed address into your news Internet users to subscribe to a web site and, aggregator. For example you can subscribe to the through the use of a news aggregator, track when Calendar section to track MAAP events around the new content is available. Unlike traditional news state, or the MAAP STARS section to keep abreast sources, RSS subscriptions are free and only require of information about STARS events throughout the an aggregator to be informed when new content is year. You can even subscribe to the main MAAP available on web sites. Bloglines.com and page to learn when new information has been my.yahoo.com are two examples of web services added. that both offer free news aggregators that allow for personal tracking of web sites using RSS. If you would like to learn more about RSS, Will Richardson of weblogg-ed.com has a great RSS resource at www.weblogg-ed.com/rss_for_ed. “Achieving extraordinary life changing results for learners throughout the world” Contributed by Deanna Chiodo, STARS Co-Chair Exciting changes are on the horizon! Kip Sackett and Deanna Chiodo announced that they will step down as the committee chairs as of June 2006. Todd Mensink has offered to take one of the co-chair positions. Kip will continue as the Spring Conference Event Chair for a few years and assist in the development of STARS. Our 13th annual Fall Leadership Conference will be held at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn on November 17 and 18, 2005. The mailing has gone out on the list serve and is posted on the MAAP website. We have added a quality breakfast and two great presenters!! Derek Greenfield has returned to conduct his workshops throughout the two day conference and Craig Zablocki is back to keep us laughing and give us some valuable insights into our lives as our keynote presenter. Craig has a new book out and will have books available for purchase at the conference. Your hotel registration needs to be faxed to the hotel by October 18, 2005 and your conference registration is due by November 4, 2005. Our 13th annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol will be Wednesday, February 15, 2006. Please plan on attending with a number of your students. Our 13th annual Spring Conference will be held again at the Hyatt in Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 and 13, 2006. We are in need of volunteers and judges to help make this event a success. Registration materials will be handed out at the MAAP State Conference in Duluth. If you do not have a chance to pick up materials in Duluth, they will be sent out on the list serve and available on the MAAP website. Next year MAAP STARS may begin adding Regional Conferences, prior to the STARS Spring Conference. We are in the planning stages and your MAAP Regional Directors are working with the STARS committee on this task. Students would attend a STARS Regional Conference prior to going to state. Students would need to qualify at regions in order to participate in the Spring Conference. This adds another opportunity for our students and shortens the length of the STARS Spring Conference. For questions or comments, contact Kip Sackett. To view current and future MAAP STARS events please visit the MAAP website at, www.maapmn.org. To get the most recent updates and information on STARS events you must get on the STARS advisor distribution list. Send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding any of the following events, please contact: Kip Sackett Deanna Chiodo email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 763-391-8868 763-241-3400 ext. 2327 LEGISLATIVE REPORT Contributed by Chris Thompson, Chair WE NEED YOUR HELP * THIS IS NOT A BIG TIME COMMITMENT!!! We have found in the past that if an individual from taking full advantage of educational legislator is not sure about how to vote, a phone opportunities. Our state should support conversation from someone in their legislative district meaningful learning experiences, which match is the best means to get through to them. Therefore we an individual student‘s Continual Annual want to match each legislator with a MAAP Learning Plan (CLP). We request removing representative from his or her district. Please contact the cap that was imposed during the 2002 Chris Thompson at session and reduced during the 2003 session. email@example.com if you are Site Based Management Options: State willing to do this. Please write ―MAAP Contact‖ in Approved Alternative Programs, (SAAPs) the subject line and include your home and work would be allowed to convert to site based addresses (including street address, city, state and zip management schools upon a 60% vote of full code) in the e-mail. This information will be kept time licensed staff. Site based management confidential and will only be used if we need to gain centers determine their allocation of budget, some swing votes from a few selected officials. employment and deployment of staff, and the nature of their program offerings. Three of our biggest issues continue to be: Generating Revenue Based on Membership 1. The funding cap placed on the learning year Hours: State Approved Alternative Programs 2. Licensure and the effect of NO CHILD will be allowed to generate revenue on the LEFT BEHIND (NCLB) will have on our membership hours that are earned by each teachers student at these programs irrespective of how 3. NCLB and Adequate Yearly Progress (seat-based, project based, independent study, (AYP) etc.) the membership hours are generated by the programs. The hours would be irrespective Our platform for this academic and legislative session of the calendar of the local school district. has not changed from last year. This is due to the fact When a student attends one of these programs, that no new issues have come up before our the student and the staff should be allowed to committee. We also feel that consistently raising the follow the Continual Learning Plan (CLP) for same issues shows our dedication to these efforts. If each student and allows for the flexibility that you have a new issue that needs to be addressed, please these students need. Revenue should not be email that issue and a description or explanation to me, affected by how the students are making I will bring it before the committee and we will see progress towards graduation. what we can do. Sometimes are our issues on our Promoting a Positive Learning and Adequate platform are rearranged due to the immediate impact, Yearly Progress (AYP): Assure that schools as well as the climate at the state department and who service at-risk youth are not labeled as legislatures. I firmly believe that without our efforts a underachieving or any other pejorative term, on few years ago, the learning year cap would have been the basis of a single measure such as reduced to 1.0. However, because of our emails, standardized test or state tests scores. Rather, phone calls and meetings, the cap was only reduced to evaluate these programs using multiple 1.2. measures for student improvement including: improved test scores, improved attendance and A copy of our platform follows: Feel free to print this graduation rates; reduction in socially platform and share it with your elected officials. inappropriate behaviors, completion of graduation standards and post-high school Remove the Learning Year Cap: Energized and success. motivated students should not be restrained English Language Learners: MAAP supports Approved Alternative Programs, work on a the re-instatement of funding for English calendar that has less membership hours then Language Learners (ELL) to the full amount. the 1.0 ADM rate. Students who then attend Students who come to us from other nations our programs are not able to generate revenue deserve a longer time frame to learn our until they hit this point. language. An understanding of the English Alternative Licensure: We suggest the Language increases further academic success. following: State approved alternative programs ALC age moved to 23: MAAP requests that may employ licensed teachers to teach out of funding streams that affected the services that their subject major field in small programs were delivered to our adult students, which where it is not feasible to have teachers were changed during last years sessions, be licensed in every secondary field. Small changed back. We also request that State schools find it impossible to have teachers Approved Alternative Programs (SAAPs) be licensed for all subjects in the secondary allowed to work with these students until they curriculum. Most of the students in these are 23 years old. SAAPs, through continual programs require intensive remedial or learning plans, help students achieve their individualized instruction because they qualify goals. Some of these students may be close to for statutorily defined graduation incentives. graduation from high school when they turn 21. Licensed teachers in any of the core subjects This would affect approximately 1000 students‘ are able to assist students in fields outside their statewide. licensure Programs will still make every effort Non Graduation Incentives (formerly HSGI) to employ specialist teachers to the extent Students Attending Alternative Programs: We possible. suggest that State Approved Alternative Quality Schools Using Baldridge Criteria: Programs (SAAPs) may enroll up to 30 percent Establish a pilot program for the state‘s of their students who do not meet High School alternative programs to infuse the Education Graduation Incentives criteria. These programs Criteria for Performance Excellence of the occasionally receive enrollment requests by Baldridge National Quality Program into their high school students and their parents to obtain management practices, and fund this pilot for a more flexible and appropriate program. Such six years in the amount of $1,200,000 per year. students may need adjustments in their school This would help the state meet No Child Left hours or may feel the conventional program Behind (NCLB) criteria. restricts creativity or talents or stigmatizes their Contract School Funding: Change the funding differences such as dress or beliefs. formula for contracted alternative programs Sports and Other after School Programs for our under MN Statute 124D.69 making contracted Students: Students from educational programs alternative programs revenue identical to that of choice must be allowed to participate in of charter schools. Minnesota High School League activities in the Health and Safety Levies: Provide health and students‘ district residence area school on the safety levies for cooperatives. Currently, same basis as other students in the residence school districts do not receive health and safety school if the small school does not have the revenue for cooperative facilities. MAAP activity the student wishes to participate in. believes that the students in alternative ADM Cap Deduct Coming From Where it programs and participating programs provided Belongs: If an alternative learning center takes by cooperative education entities deserve to be a loss of ADM caused by the previous or future educated in facilities that are safe. We support school district, the alternative learning program making cooperative facilities eligible for health may bill to recapture the lost revenue. Some and safety revenue. programs in the state, not necessarily State Southwest and Southeast Regions Contributed by Karen Wolters and Charles Brandt SOUTHWEST NEWS: Golden Hills in Rochester. The alternate will be Shauna This summer the SW and SE MAAP Regions met at the Otterness from CEC in Rochester. They will be contacted by Lincoln Community Center in Mankato to plan a fall SW and SE Regional MAAP Conference. The conference brochure the region secretary for information on how to claim their was mailed to everyone on the MAAP Board, all SE and SW awards. MAAP schools and Glory Kibbel at MDE. The Conference was for Friday, October 14, 2005 at the Lincoln Community One thing our region does need is a state rep from the region Center in Mankato. The keynote speaker was Mike to attend state board meetings. I cannot attend them because I McGuiness, LADC, Director of ARCHER Services, Addiction can‘t get the necessary time off. I am a teacher in Austin, not Recovery Technologies, Inc. the director. Please think about volunteering your time. It‘s only a couple of times a year. In the meantime, we won‘t have The Southwest Regional survey results from spring 2005 a representative there. Our new director in Austin, Keith indicated a strong interest in subject-area networking, more Fleming, said he may be interested in taking over the MAAP STARS regional activities for students and continuing directorship of the Southeast Region. Please let me know if with regional conferences at least every other year. The you have any objections to this, or if you would like to take concerns that were brought forward all centered around two the position over. Keith would do a great job and would have things: Time and Money. Most members are interested in more flexible hours than I have. Our prior director, Brad what is happening in MAAP, want to be involved at some Bergstrom, had other duties that limited his time for the level, but have difficulty finding the time or money to attend. position. Moving the meetings around the region will allow teachers from different schools the opportunity to attend one meeting a Central Metro Region year, but for now, most teachers are attending the fall Contributed by Bondo Nyembye and Greg Herder conference and the other regional meetings generally end up with 7-8 attendees consisting of ALC/ALP directors. The Central Metro Region got off to a great start this fall. On September 1st, the Central Metro region again co-sponsored a Southwest MAAP will hold regional meetings quarterly this Kick-Off conference in partnership with the Metropolitan school year and will rotate from school to school. A schedule Federation of Alternative Programs and the Minneapolis of meetings will be posted on the calendar at Public Schools. At lunch, we had the pleasure of hearing MPS www.maapmn.org after the October 14, 2005 Regional Superintendent Peebles address the group before our keynote Conference is complete. speaker, Education Commissioner Seagren took the podium. Commissioner Seagren pledged her support to alternative Three $200.00 scholarships have been awarded from the SW programs statewide and was very specific in her commitment Region this summer. The recipients are Sarah Wagenius, to alternative educational options. The afternoon pull-out Mankato Diploma Completion Program, Lorin Schwieger and sessions consisted of content specific curriculum sharing and Danyelle Thornberg both from Southern Plains ALC in disciplinary collaboration planning meetings: our goal is to Fairmont. All scholarships are awarded upon proof of better organize the constituent regional members into cross- enrollment in a post-secondary institution of the recipient‘s program partnerships, using MAAP as a facilitator. Our choice. eventual goal is an Urban Education compendium of best field practices, organized by discipline. Over 225 Central Metro SOUTHEAST NEWS: Region staff attended the event and evaluations were Hello Colleagues! overwhelmingly positive. This summer the SW and SE MAAP Regions met at the Lincoln Community Center in Mankato to plan a fall SW and The Central Metro Region has also instituted informal SE Regional MAAP Conference. The Conference was Friday, monthly informational meetings at a downtown Minneapolis October 14, 2005 at the Lincoln Community Center in coffee house, and formal partnership meetings using the Mankato. Federation as a medium for communication and planning. As such, Bondo and I hope to better organize the Central Metro Two $500 scholarships were awarded this year to Julie Hain Region through active partnerships between colleagues and from Rochester Night School Program and Hilary Sharp from through shared regional planning driven by the active members. West Central Region Northwest Metro Region Contributed by Sue Boehland Contributed by Tamara Newlander West Central has had difficulty in getting the year off to a The NW Metro met on September 8, 2005. We discussed good start. The fall meeting has been changed twice already what the group is looking for and how we may fill those and now needs to be changed a third and hopefully the last needs. We talked about the upcoming student‘s summit and time. were planning on raising the cost per student. The group felt this was a good decision. The group would like support for West Central will meet on November 29th at the American the MAAP conference in February. The group was going to think of different ways to get other staff to attend. The MAAP Heritage Bank in St. Cloud. In place of our November 1st conference is still looking for people to present at the meeting it is recommended that each site try to send a conference. representative to the November 1st conference on Meth that will be held in St. Cloud. This conference will be excellent with great speakers. Our meeting on the 29th will include a Northeast Region follow-up discussion of meth and its impact on our population, Contributed by Lucy Hart a State Department update, a discussion on licensure and the HOUSSE process, a discussion on proposed legislative The NE Region of MAAP had their Fall meeting on Thursday, platform, a focus group on special education and other topics. October 13th in Cloquet. Randy Docauer will be in charge of checking on solicitations of local Duluth restaurants for the Conference folder. My second term as director is nearly finished. It is time to think about who will represent West Central for the next two We discussed our Regional MAAP Stars competition last years. If you are interested, please let me know at March and have decided to conduct another competition in firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to have this decision March for this school year. The following people will put it decided at our November 29th meeting. together: Randy Docauer, Mike Cary, Teri Monson and James Pavlek. They will be meeting to make arrangements. Anyone Northwest Region in the region interested in participating contact one of the Contributed by Julie Johnson-Willborg members of the committee or the regional director for information. We wrapped up last year with a student retreat in May. It was a great time. Ten students and three staff members from three Cammy Lehr spoke about the Special Education Grant from alternative schools in the region participated in a two day MDE. She surveyed those members present about Special leadership retreat at Camp Wilderness near Park Rapids. Education concerns and practices in alternative settings. While the weather didn't fully cooperate (it rained), a great learning experience was had by all. Many thanks to Lee I presented information from the MAAP Board. The site of Palmer, Youth Ed. Services in Moorhead for setting it up for the 2007 conference will be Cragun‘s with no date set at this us. We hope to offer it again this year. time. Information on the 2006 conference was distributed. If you would like information on being a presenter, a student We awarded three $500 scholarships last spring to the worker, or attending the conference go to the MAAP website following students: Melissa DeFrang-New Paths-Crookston, at www.maapmn.org. Lindsey Burroughs-Border ALC-Warroad, and Megan Anderson-Perham ALC -Perham. The NE Region members have been invited to participate in the NW Region Fall Conference. This Conference will be at The Northwest Region had its first regional meeting of the the Holiday Inn Express, Bemidji on December 1 & 2. For year on October 14th at the Ness Café in Erskine. We are registration and other information contact Julie Johnson- planning our Fall conference for December 1st and 2nd at the Willborg email@example.com contact me at Holiday Inn Express in Bemidji. Look for registration firstname.lastname@example.org. materials within the next few days. Our next meeting will be at the State conference in Duluth, As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any February 22-24. The regional director will be up for election questions. The best way to reach me is via e-mail: at the next meeting. Lucy Hart, current director has been email@example.com nominated. Any further nominations need to be in to Lucy no later than January 19th.
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