MTDA Connect Credit Recovery Program MCEL 2011 in Great Falls, MT Ryan Schrenk, Ed. D. Montana Digital Academy
Summary for TodayAbout MTDAAbout MTDA ConnectInterview with a FacilitatorConnect CR – Lessons LearnedConnect vs. OriginalSupport Tutorial TourNew InitiativesQuestions or Requests for Seeing anything?
MTDA Connect – Brief History • Montana • 630 miles x 255 miles • 147,000 square miles • 1 million people • Hundreds of Schools • MTDA=border to boarder • MTDA Started in 2009 • Classes – Fall 2009 • Ryan hired – Dec. 2010 • Connect Launch – Feb 2011
How Our Digital Program Works Students enroll Local schools through the retain large local district and amount of local NOT directly control with MTDA All teachers are Teachers subject employed to local through public bargaining unit school districts and local and not directly expectations from MTDA
Unique Relationships and Partners (broad support) :-) MEA-MFT Montana Montana University School Boards System Association Montana Rural School Education Administrators Association of Montana
MTDA Founded in 2009 Legislature Serve K12 Students in Montana through Public Schools Governing Board Director (CEO) Curriculum Director (Vice CEO) Montana licensed teachers Core subjects, dual credit enrichment
About MTDAMontana’s Statewide Digital AcademyServe over 170 DistrictsOriginal Credit Fall 2010Schools wanted flexible alternativePiloted Connect Credit Recovery/Hired Ryan December Full roll-out Feb 2011 (Handout of Course Titles)Piloting Middle School Language Sampler this Fall4 Staff Members
Connect ModelPLATO PLE + MTDA Staff + Local Facilitator + CoachMTDA Technical SupportSchool Assigns Credit/Decides when credit is recoveredMTDA works closely with company to make it betterEnrollments Fall 2010 - 62 Spring 2011 - 496 Summer 2011 – 678 Fall 2011 (as of 10/11/11) – 900 (final numbers in January)
Facilitator InputQ and A from an MTDA Site Facilitator8 mins. (recorded by Jason/edited by Ryan using Video Pad) Tell us about MTDA Connect at your high school. What inspired your school to be the first to get involved? What is the most prevalent benefit? What should we change? How is the academic area coach model working? How has online credit recovery changed your school’s approach to CR? Do you see the program growing in the future? Do you have plans for tracking students who take part?
Connect Model Lessons Learned Misuse of MTDA Original/True CR Model was needed Coach + Local Facilitation + MTDA Staff team is critical Communication needed for student success Locking Mastery Tests after 2 tries Unit and Semester Post-tests locked by coaches Estimating License Needs is Challenging Integration with SIS is needed and critical
New Initiative – Configure and Customize PLEBranded as Connect Credit Recovery ProgramCreated Scalable/Consistent Setup of Classes Example: Spring 2011 Algebra 1A Big SkyHired CoachesOpened Registration February 1, 2011 Used manual enrollment process Emailed attachments/processed by hand Individual and group orientations
Connect and Original CreditConnect Original CreditUses PLATO Learning Uses Moodle LMSEnvironment (PLE)Grades not passed back into Grades are passed back toGenius GeniusCurricular Area Coaches, MTDA Teacher and MTDAfacilitators and MTDA Staff StaffFacilitator logs into PLATO Facilitator stays in Genius forfor tracking info tracking infoCommunication within Plato Communication in MoodleMessaging System or or using MTDA e-mail.personal e-mail
Support/Tutorial PageTutorials to Show Logging In Tracking Account Logins Tracking Curriculum Progress Unlocking Tests Printing Grade Reports
New Initiative 1 – Integration Project Discussed Plan/Started in August Integrated GeniusSIS and PLATO Student accounts, enrollments and classes Demo Can Enroll a student in Genius/show in PLE! Questions?
New Initiative 2 – Student Retention Applying our lessons learned from the past year Students need support from our Connect Team Enhanced Upfront Preparation Entrance Counseling Form (First Look Today) Input? Ongoing Support will Continue…more focused on staff Coach contact info and monthly meetings Facilitator orientation and as-needed support
Technology Used and Resources for Coaches and Facilitators New Website Layout Fall 2011 http://montanadigitalacademy.org SSO - GeniusSIS, Moodle and PLATO Learning Environment School, parent and student portals Wikispaces tutorials http://montanadigitalacademy.wikispaces.com/ Gotomeeting for virtual meetings Archives of gotowebinars on website http://montanadigitalacademy.org/schools Ringcentral for fax-to-Email service Customized number (855-406-MTDA)
Questions or Requests for Demo Can do live demo or screen shots and respond to audience questions with information Can show SSO to PLE Choose your own adventure…