2023 MAEN Conference July 16 and 17

Taking It to the Streets

MAEN Conference

Sunday, July 16th, 2pm to Monday, July 17th, 4pm

315 Four Seasons Drive

Lake Ozark, MO

Sunday Night Programming: Give One Get One

PLAN NOW for Sunday, July 16 to participate in our first annual MAEN "Give One, Get One" Best Practices Roundtable. (Think of speed dating format. You will move from table to table based on a time limit to share YOUR best practices with each other!)

We are asking ALL attendees to BRING at least ONE lesson plan, idea, website, resource, etc. that you can share to help encourage and enlighten others in our organization. We are excited for all the fantastic ideas everyone around the state of Missouri will bring to share!

We would also love to post these Best Practice ideas on a link on our MAEN website! Please email your Best Practice links that you would like to have included on our conference webpage to: vnelson@shr2.k12.mo.us

Give One Get One will start at 4 pm Sunday the 16th.

Taking It to the Streets

In 2021, the MAEN Conference theme was "If not now, then when and If not us, then who?

In 2022, the MAEN Conference theme was "The time is now. Pursue your inner greatness."

Now in 2023, we realize that it is us and the time is now to take it to the streets. We are the ones who directly work with students to create positive change with our students. Mr. Flowers and his story provide the framework, incentive, and guidance to help us create positive change in youth. Please join us in this difficult, but rewarding work. Hope to see you this summer!

Keynote Speaker: Tyrone Flowers

Flowers was born to teenage parents who could not raise him. He spent his childhood being shuffled between foster homes, detention centers, reform schools, and state youth facilities. Labeled "beyond parental control" at age seven, he was also diagnosed with behavior problems and learning disorders. Service providers saw no hope for his future.

Determined to prove wrong all of the adults who had no hope for his future, Flowers resumed high school. He gained popularity on the basketball team, had completed graduation requirements, and had received offers to play basketball in college; however, just two weeks before graduation, Flowers was shot three times by a basketball teammate. The shooting left him in a wheelchair and, faced with decisions about his future with limited use of his body, he chose to use his mind. A diploma from Penn Valley Community College in hand, he graduated next from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in psychology with academic honors. In 1998, Flowers went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for his work in 'Children & the Law.' Flowers was the first person in his family to obtain a college degree.

Important Instructions for Conference Registration

Registration Instructions:

Please register each conference attendee individually, even if they are from the same building. Also, make sure to answer all required questions (*) or you will not be able to submit the registration.

Registration is $175. Presenters are 50% off or $87.50.

Vendors/sponsors must register and submit conference fee: $175 (+ $50 for a table in the Vendor area).

Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend the conference you must contact MAEN at maen4kids@gmail.com on or before July 1, 2023 for a full refund. You are responsible for payment if you do not attend and do not notify MAEN on or before July 1, 2023.

Conference Registration Form

* You must register and prepay BEFORE March 31, 2023.

* Please register each conference attendee individually, even if they are from the same building.

Also, make sure to answer all required question (*) or you will not be able to submit the


* You are able to cancel by July 1, 2023 and receive a full refund.

- You are responsible for payment if you do not attend and do not notify MAEN on or

before July 1, 2023.

* Due to losses MAEN has incurred because of non-payments, you must now PRE-PAY your conference fees when you register. We accept VENMO (@maen4kids). If you prefer to pay by credit card directly, please call Julie at (816)304-2687.

* If you need a statement to be reimbursed, please email maen4kids@gmail.com and one will be sent to you.

Hotel Registration and Discount

The Lodge of the Four Seasons is offering a discounted room price of $139 a night plus taxes for the first 100 conference attendees.

The link to the discounted rooms will only be provided to attendees once they have paid for the conference.

Don't wait too long to register and pay for the conference in order to secure your discounted room.

Call for Presenters

Share with other educators your best practices that you use to strengthen your school/classroom and help students become successful. We will be giving precedence to presentations that fit within our strands which are: MO Option, Advocacy/Leadership, SEL, Curriculum, and Equity in Education.

Proposals for the 2023 MAEN conference will be accepted through March 15.

You will be notified by March 24th whether or not your proposal is approved. More than one person may present, but only one presenter from your school will receive the 50% conference discount.

Presenters and Vendors are able to register at this time

* If a presentation is approved by the board, ONE presenter from your group will receive half price registration!!

*Proposals will be accepted through March 15, 2023.

Call for Presenters Form

MAEN Conference Scholarships

MAEN Conference Scholarships

Because of your generosity, MAEN is able to award two scholarships to the 2023 MAEN annual conference. You must apply to be considered for a scholarship. More information will be available soon on the maen4kids.com website

Conference Scholarship Form

Missouri Option's Workshop Information

New and experienced Missouri Option workshops (and program updates) are presented each summer as part of the annual MAEN conference. Representatives from DESE and experienced educators will facilitate these workshops.

MAEN Board Members

Board of Directors:

Executive Directors

Dan Davinroy (St. Louis) - President

Vonda Nelson (Northwest) - President Elect

Julia White (Kansas City) - Treasurer

Amy McEvoy (St. Louis) - Past President

Regional Directors

Robert Lee, Jr. (Kansas City 1)

Michele Hamilton (Kansas City 2)

Michael Kraatz (St Louis 1)

Johnathon White (St Louis 2)

Emily Brus (Northwest)

Mike Kelly (Northeast)

William Grother (Central)

Raegan Fox (Southwest)

Aaron Burton (Southeast)

Please contact your regional director to share ideas, concerns, good news, or anything related to you and your mission to provide top-quality education to youth. All contact information can be found at www.maen4kids.com

Taking It to the Streets