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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Montevideo ALC recognized at state conference

  • Eight staff members and one student from the Minnesota Valley Area Learning Center (MVALC) in Montevideo were in Duluth last week for three days, to attend a Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) conference.
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  • Eight staff members and one student from the Minnesota Valley Area Learning Center (MVALC) in Montevideo were in Duluth last week for three days, to attend a Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) conference.
    At the conference, two Montevideo teachers made presentations to professionals from around the state. Emily Dirkson presented on education technology, and Carrie Speh presented on flip classrooms, which allow students to test online at home, and have more class time for learning.
    What came as a surprise, however, was that the MVALC was honored with one of the Outstanding Programs Awards. Two schools were selected in the state of Minneota, out of fifteen who were nominated.
    The Minnesota Valley Area Learning Center (MVALC) started out as “The Country School” in 1989; At the time it was an Independent Study program. As programming evolved the legal name of the school became the Minnesota Valley Area Learning Center.  The school is a cooperative effort between the Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley, Montevideo, and Yellow Medicine School districts.  In addition, the MVALC offers Independent Study programming at two sites in Western Minnesota to accommodate the needs or area students.  MVALC also manages Targeted Services programming in several districts and offers a five week summer school program.
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