The Missouri Alternative Education Network (MAEN) is a group of over 200 alternative school educators in the state of Missouri.  The organization exists to provide networking and collaboration opportunities for these members and to provide the best educational opportunities for students served in alternative settings. MAEN is a non-profit, led by volunteer board members from throughout the state.


The Missouri Alternative Education Network (MAEN) shares the mission of National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) to provide advocacy and support for professionals who work on behalf of children and youth receiving alternative education services



The conference committee’s job is to plan, organize and facilitate the annual conference; including recruitment of vendors, presenters, registration duties and conference location set-up.



The MAEN technology committee provides technical support to all functions of the organization.  The committee plays a major role in communicating and linking members.



The goal of membership is to recruit and maintain the membership of MAEN through expansion of membership benefits. This committee will be working in conjunction with the technology committee to communicate effectively with the MAEN member core.



To promote the organization at a regional, state and national level through policy and legislative action, including

but not limited to communication with national affiliate NAEA, contact with state education organizations such as MASA and MASSP.

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The Finley River Flow

What began as a regular assignment for the business class at Ozark’s Finley River School ended with a national award for their work.

School District Emphasizes Alternative Education Options

An article about alternative education in the St. Joseph School District's Webster Learning Center found in the Northwest Region. 

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