MTDA Getting Started for New Counselors, Administrators and Site Facilitators
Updated Fall 2017
Hello and thank you for your interest in Montana Digital Academy, Montana’s state virtual school located in the Phyllis J. Washington Center on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
This page is for new counselors, administrators and site facilitators on how to get started with our program. Since many new counselors often start their new jobs just before important enrollment deadlines, we want you to get started right away!
First and foremost, it is important that you get an account in our system so you can enroll students in the appropriate programs via our online system, GeniusSIS. If you were handed someone else’s username for this purpose, it is important that you get your own account right away. Please contact our support desk, email@example.com, and request to get an account. We may ask for some additional information, however, to start, please share your name, school, and contact phone number.
MTDA serves Montana’s students with a variety of programs. Here is a quick overview.
High School Original Credit: MTDA Original Credit programs are traditional online courses, taught in a cohort schedule format. They cover a range of core courses (like English II, US Government, and Geometry) to unique and popular electives (like Oceanography, AP Computer Science, and Criminology). We provide the course, taught by a Montana public school teacher. Please see our current semester’s “briefing document” here. The initial deadline for course requests is August 29, 2017. Please note that we have finite resources available to deliver program services and may shut enrollment down once we exceed our available resources.
High School Credit Recovery: MTDA Credit Recovery programs are courses aimed at students that have previously failed a particular course in your face-to-face program. The program is designed to strike a careful balance between an appropriately rigorous class that justifies awarding credit with the support and flexibility needed to assist a struggling student. MTDA Credit Recovery requires an infrastructure be in place at the local school to provide direct student assistance, as well as proctor all assessments and exams. If you or your school are new to credit recovery, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to schedule a call with you to discuss setup and best practices for success. Please see our current semester’s “briefing document” here. Enrollment is open, however, once MTDA reaches its capacity, enrollment in some courses might not be available.
Middle School Multi-Language Sampler: MTDA Middle School Multi-Language Sampler is a workshop-style program available to students in middle school or junior high school. The seven-week programs are intended to give students a taste of both online learning and one of five languages, including Spanish, German, French, and Mandarin. Although students have successfully taken the program on their own, we strongly recommend that schools set up a support infrastructure for their students, including a computer lab and in-class mentor. Please see our current semester’s “briefing document” here. Enrollment opens August 21, 2017, and we can only serve limited numbers in this format.
EdReady Montana: MTDA administers the EdReady Montana program, supported by a generous gift from the Washington Foundation. EdReady Montana is a mathematics readiness program that has been used by tens of thousands of students, ranging from elementary school to college, to get ready for a number of environments. The tool is available at no cost to students and schools across the state. For more information, please go to our program website, http://www.edreadymontana.org.
Here are some other resources to help you get started!
Here is an archive of the Spring 2016 webinar, “Counseling the Online Student,” featuring MTDA Assistant Director/Curriculum Director Jason Neiffer and Helena High School Counselor/Site Facilitator Chrissy Murgel:
MTDA values our partnership with Montana’s public schools and encourages schools to keep in close communication throughout the school year so we can answer questions and assist with your use of the MTDA program locally. Please contact support (email@example.com) for general questions, or feel free to contact a member of our Missoula-based team directly! We pride ourselves on fast, responsive service to students and schools alike!