MAEN Position Statement
on Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Missouri Alternative Education Network is committed to confronting racism in all its forms and work toward the goal of providing our membership with the resources to combat systemic racism in our society.
We stand in solidarity with the National Alternative Education Association and all who work toward systematic change in educational and societal institutions.
National Alternative Education Association’s Position on
Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Dr. Martin Luther King
The National Alternative Education Association (NAEA)
denounces racism, harassment, and discrimination in any form. We acknowledge that ingrained and painful legacies of anti-black, anti-people of color prejudice and inequality have created conditions in which our students and colleagues working in our classrooms, schools, and communities may be traumatized, frustrated, saddened, and fearful. We commit to be a part of non-violent and peaceful change toward achieving equity in alternative education. Moving forward, we will refocus our efforts to promote and encourage an equity-focused, transformative method of alternative education. The belief statements below are foundational to our efforts:
We believe in transformative alternative education to empower learners to see the social world differently and through an ethical and diversity lens.
We believe to effect positive change in alternative education, we must focus on reforming alternative education statewide policies and practices.
We believe in non-violent and peaceful approaches to change. We will use our voices to speak up when we witness injustice and work to change practices that are exclusive.
We believe in confronting racism, valuing diversity and inclusion. We encourage education professionals, students, and communities to model compassion and respect, and to participate in peaceful, systemic change.
We believe in equity-focused education where all students have access to the same resources and educational rigor and support diversity in gender, age, sex, race, class, religion, ethnicity, ability, language, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
We believe in and will renew our commitment to working even harder for schools and communities to recognize the value and worth of all individuals.
We believe in having courageous conversations about racism, equity-focused education, racial inequality, and cultivating leadership from racially minoritized communities, as these realities affect implementation of the NAEA Exemplary Practices.
We believe that as educators we must support transformative educational research.
We believe in providing meaningful professional learning opportunities, in accord with the NAEA mission, that include topics regarding social and racial injustices.
National Alternative Education Association
The 2020 Conference has been cancelled. Be sure to mark you calendars for the 2021 Conference on July 18-21, 2021
It is with great sadness and disappointment we share that the Board of Directors voted to cancel our annual MAEN Conference for July 19-21, 2020. Due to changing timelines with our current health crisis and school calendars, we felt it was in the best interest of our membership to not meet this year. We recognize the importance of our yearly conference for more than just the professional development it provides. For so many of us, it is the one place we feel connected and can rest assured that everyone around us "gets it." Isolation is not a new feeling to most of us in alternative education but that doesn't make this time in our school history any less daunting or challenging. We want YOU, each of our members, to know that we are here and aren't going anywhere!
For those that have already registered, THANK YOU! We appreciate your eagerness and are sorry not to see you this year. To those that have sent payment, please know we will be refunding fees this week. To all of our members that submitted presentation proposals, please know we are disappointed not to hear from you this year but very much look forward to you re-submitting and presenting next year. To all our members, thank you for supporting our organization.
Despite the cancellation of the conference, we are still here for you! We are currently researching avenues for alternative ways to deliver professional development and opportunity for community. We are after all, alternative education! If you have suggestions or ideas to share on how to help us with this, please reach out to your Regional Representatives and/or your Regional Director. We look forward to navigating this new territory as a team!