SAM Update 3-24-17

Greeting SAM Members,

Spring is here!  Activities for the spring are underway in your schools and we hope you are doing very well.  The legislature continues to debate the issues some 62 days into the session, leaving 28 days to complete the work in making laws for our state.  Here is an update on key items...

2017 Legislative Session Update

Week 12 was quite a week in the legislative session due to the rush of bills being marked up for committee hearings -- the race to make the March 31 transmittal deadline for bills with appropriations and revenue.  An in depth update of bill progress can be reviewed by clicking HERE.  The schedule of hearings for next week is changing so rapidly that we will wait until Sunday afternoon to prepare the details for Week 13.  You can check on that by going the SAMLegislative Network 2017 webpage.  Thanks to all SAM members and SAMLN17 members who have worked diligently to make contacts for CALLS to ACTION this past week and throughout the session!

MASSP Spring Conference 2017

The MASSP Spring Conference is right around the corner! Are you registered yet??  Click HERE to see who has already registered. Click HERE to complete the Registration process.

Do NOT miss out of the opportunity to hear Comedians Nina G and Michael Beers. They will be sure to keep you laughing and entertained on a wide variety of educational issues. 

The Cambridge Education Service will be providing information on how to Improve Your School's ACT Scores with Math, Science, English and Language Arts content specific strategies. 

There will also be time for Ed-Camp breakouts which will allow folks to discuss hot-topic issues and mix it up with their colleagues. 

Finally, we will get to hear from Lt. Governor Cooney and get an opportunity to ask a few questions. 

This PACKED day and a half will be loaded with information that you can take back to your districts and help to make public education in MT even stronger!  See you there!

Personalized Learning Opportunity

Check out this grassroots opportunity to learn about personalized learning...

Conrad Public Schools invites you and anyone in your community to join us on April 10, 2017 for a Grassroots Day on Personalized Learning.  This day is structured to build engagement from the student and parent to the school community of teachers, board members and administration.  The cost if $15.00 per person which provides for handouts, lunch, and snacks.  Call Superintendent, Sharyl Allen at 278-5521 for more information or email  For more information, simply access the information flyer found at this link.

Get ready for the SAM Administrators Institute on August 1, 2017 to focus in on the topic of Leadership for Transforming Education for the Whole Child - deep look at personalized learning strategies -- details coming soon! 

MIET Tech Days

A message from META members about an upcoming opportunity ...

Start planning now to join your colleagues from across the state for two days of learning about technology on June 13-14.

Highlights of this premier event:

· Over 50 Technology Sessions geared to educators who are interested in integrating technology into their curriculum

· Keynote Speaker Julie Mathiesen – Director of Technology and Innovation in Education

· Vendor Reception Meet and Greet

· Vendor Prizes and Giveaways

· 16 Renewal Units

· One or Two College Credits (additional charge)

· Lunch each day plus hors d’oeuvres at Vendor Social Hour

· Early bird rate available until May 19, 2017 - $110 for both days

· Group rates available for schools registering five or more individuals

More information and registration can be found at

Event organizers – Great Falls College MSU and  Great Falls Public Schools

SAM LPLP 2017-18

Professional Learning for administrators serving schools in Montana will be raised to a new level with the great opportunities that will be there for you with the SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program (LPLP) 2017-18!  The SAM executive board recently approved the implementation of the 2017-18 SAM LPLP based on some really great changes to the professional development delivery system that has helped over 200 administrators the past 4 years.  

Click HERE to see a short video describing the SAM LPLP Resource Center and HERE to see the Resource Center 'Mission, Vision and Core Values' Unit as a sample of the great value this would have for your learning.  This message is intended to whet your appetite to join with administrators all over the state in taking advantage of this professional development delivery system intended to personalize your professional learning to assist you in your work for the students in your schools.  Expect to see the launch of SAM LPLP 2017-18 and registration materials available on the first week of April!!


We are getting ready to launch SAM's new website and the membership drive for 2017-18 beginning the week of April 3rd!  Your SAM office team, under the direction of the SAM Board and our strategic plan, have been working on new tools that are intended to bring stronger value to you as a member of SAM.  The new data base, web page, digital membership application, conference registration, and communication tools (blogs and communities will be able to be established for each affiliate and common area of expertise) will further make SAM your go to organization for the resources you seek.  Get ready!  Hope you have a great weekend!!

Kirk and the SAM Team


Kirk J. Miller, Ed.D.

Executive Director

School Administrators of Montana

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