SAM Update 4-21-17

Best to each of you SAM Members!

This update will provide you with some background on items that may be important for you.  I hope you have a moment to review...

2017 Legislative Session Update

The end of the session is near.  This past week started slow and then ended with a blur of activity, including the passage of HB 2, HB 647, SB 307 and HB 390 -- all on there way to the Governor's desk!  In a bizarre move Thursday, HB 376 (Charter school bill) was blasted to the Senate floor and then languished there without action as the Senate adjourned at about 4:00 PM today and will return on Monday.  Click SAMLN17 Legislative Update 17 4-21-17 to see the latest information about the session.  Thanks SAMLN17 for your great work on the Call to Action on Thursday and through this weekend!

Montana Association of Student Councils Seek Executive Director

The position of Executive Director of Montana Association of Student Councils (MASC) is now open for application.  It pays a $1500 stipend per year.  Please click HERE to read more about the position. 

Courses for Teachers interested in Teaching Dual Credit Courses 

A message from the Montana University System that may interest you and your teaching staff ...

Are you interested in teaching Dual Credit courses but lack the necessary graduate content credits? 

MSU Billings is offering 9-credit graduate courses in Art, English, and Political Science at a greatly reduced rate! All courses offer a one-week face-to-face intensive complimented by online learning.  Free and low cost housing is available for participants. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! For more information go to

For more information contact: 

Amy S. Williams

Dual Enrollment & Big Sky Pathways Program Manager

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

(w) 406 994 3991

(c) 406 209 3566 or

Montana Schools - Better Buildings Better Learning Program

A message about facilities training that may be of interest to you...

Money, learning environment, and behavioral outcomes are commonly cited as the three biggest challenges for our schools. Montana public K-12 school staff and stakeholders are invited to register for the Better Buildings Better Learning training series to explore how well designed and operated schoolfacilities coupled with sustainability curriculum can help solve these challenges.

Ryder Delaloye and Chad Smith from the Whitefish School District will conduct a free, four part training series for facilities managers, administrators, educators and stakeholders. The series provides an overview of how sustainable practices through a whole-school approach can lead to healthy, safe, and successful students while creating resource-efficient schools. Participants will learn basic fluency in LEED green schools principles, how those principles positively impact student outcomes, and how to create whole school collaboration to achieve your school building's, and students', optimal performance.

Training Dates:

Session One - June 22, 2017, 1-4 pm. Montana Behavioral Initiative conference session,  Bozeman, Montana.Whole-school Approach to Sustainability: building positive behavioral support programs for community and environmental stewardship.

Sessions Two through Four - Fall 2017, Dates will be announced. The online trainings will provide a closer examination of school facilities and sustainability curriculum can be leveraged to create healthy, and successful students and resource-efficient schools as well as case studies from successful schools.

Learn more and register

Thomas Allen

Green Building Program Associate - USGBC Montana

Energy Corps member | Bozeman, MT

240-893-0511 (mobile)
website | Facebook

Scholarships for High School Seniors

An opportunity for high school seniors offered by the AASA Redefining Ready program that may be of interest to your students...

Encourage your high school seniors to apply for an AASA Redefining Ready! National Scholarship 2017, for the chance to win one of 16 scholarships, including a grand prize of $5,000. To enter, students must submit a 30 second video on Twitter that uses one or more of the Redefining Ready! metrics to demonstrate college and career readiness. Examples include completion of an internship, AP or dual credit classes while in high school; near-perfect attendance; or participation in clubs, sports and school activities.

The scholarship contest closes on Monday, May 22.

To learn more, visit To share the contest information on your Twitter account, click here.

Big variety of items for review this week.  We hope you have an outstanding weekend!  We also hope for the end of the 65th Legislative Session -- sine die by Saturday this next week!


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