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August 2022 Update for Montana School Administrators

Three Important Messages from Montana Digital Academy

Good day from the Montana Digital Academy headquarters at the University of Montana in Missoula!  On behalf of our faculty and staff, welcome back to school!  I hope you had an opportunity to step away from the office this summer.

MTDA staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year and look forward to working with you and your students and staff.  MTDA has several new programs and opportunities for students that we’ll share in the coming weeks via our school administrator and facilitator announcement emails. However, I’d like to focus on three important messages for all Montana schools.

First, MTDA is ready to serve individual middle school and high school public school students in a full-time capacity for the 22-23 school year.  If you have students who need multiple enrollments to help meet their educational goals or to facilitate being remote from your school, we can serve students in up to six enrollments in the fall and spring semesters.  As in the past, multiple enrollment students will still need access to local assistance.

Second, MTDA is prepared to assist schools that need emergency services to fill in gaps created by teacher shortages.  Our staff has prepared a detailed toolkit (http://mtda.link/fullprogram) with specific action steps to help manage communication and expectations based on our experience and national best practices.  Should you need assistance in this way, please contact MTDA’s support desk (support@mtda.org) to schedule a consultation call as soon as you suspect you might need assistance.

Third, MTDA’s award-winning EdReady Montana program remains a robust option for schools looking to adopt tools that drive placement, personalization, and competency assessment in mathematics and English.  EdReady remains free due to generous support from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.  Contact the help desk (support@mtda.org) to set up a consultation call or professional development to implement EdReady today!

MTDA staff is at your service to assist with implementing our services and consult on distance learning theory or best practices.  Contact us today!

Best wishes for a great school year!

Jason Neiffer, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Montana Digital Academy
jason@mtda.org
406-203-1812

Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 365
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815