The 2023-24 SAM Membership Renewal Drive began April 6, 2023!  

Links to Membership Renewal Forms:

  • MASS, MASSP, MAEMSP, META, and MCASE members working in a district – to be completed by district clerks on behalf of members - Click HERE.

  • MASS, MASSP, MAEMSP, META, and MCASE members who are NOT currently associated with a district or organization - to be completed by the member - Click HERE.

  • Institutional Members - to be completed by an institution of higher learning in Montana, to the Office of Public Instruction and organizations whose primary purpose is the support of PreK-12 education - Click HERE.

Link to New Member Application

  • New Members – to be completed by the new member – Click HERE.


From Rob's Desk! - Quick Links to Contemporary Issues, updated September 27, 2023
  1. SAM Topic Brief - Administrative Licensure Fees: OPIs Proposal to raise the licensure fees from $30 to $275 for the MT Admin License.
  2. SAM Topic Brief -  3Ps Bill List: 2023 legislative summary, reference guide to bills that impact Policy, Procedures & Practices.
  3. SAM Topic Brief - New Graduation Requirements: summary document which explains addition of Financial Literacy to graduation requirements under revised Chapter 55.
  4. Accreditation Process: Updates and checklist from OPI compass, September 2023
  5. 95 Mills Discussion: MTSBA Memo drafted by Lance Melton in August 2023, describes history and legal requirements of 95 Mills calculation.
  6. Connecting with OPI: Information and links regarding weekly "office hours" hosted by OPI staff as well as other ways to connect with OPI.

Professional Learning Opportunities

  • Current Leadership Opportunities 

  • Upcoming SAM Events:
    • September 18-19:  MASS Fall Conference
    • October 18-20:  MCEL
    • January 21-23:  Montana Principals Conference, Butte
    • March 11-12:  MASS/METAtechED Spring Conference, Helena

 "Did You Know"...Telling Your Story of Personalized Learning and Innovations

"Did You Know"...Telling Your Story of Personalized Learning and Innovations was an effort to collect information about our public schools.  We know that the value our schools bring to local communities enriches the lives of not only our students but our communities and the entire state.  Statistical information about student performance, and financial information about our schools, tell only a part of the story, and our ability to "Tell Our Story" is so important in providing a deeper, more meaningful look at the value of our public schools.  Many joined this effort to describe the ways our schools are making a difference in our communities for our children.

Follow this link to review the stories that were collected:  Innovations in Montana Public Schools.  The information can then be used by all of us to "Tell Our Story" to audiences who want to know more , about the value of our schools.

Other Links & Resources

  • Suicide Prevention resources are available through the University of Montana  Safe Schools Center (MSSC) at
    • The updated Montana CAST-S Toolkit was developed by co-authors Dr. Scott Poland and Dr. Donna Poland in collaboration with Montana OPI, SAM, DPHHS, Montana Association of Pediatric Psychiatrists, and NAMI Montana for the express use by Montana schools:  Montana's CAST-S 2022 
    • The 2017 edition of the Montana Crisis Action Toolkit on Suicide (MT-CAST-S 2017) was developed in a collaboration between the Big Sky Council and NAMI Montana to support Montana school communities in meeting requirements of Montana state legislative statutes HB381 (2017) and HB374 (2019)
  • Montana Unified School Trust (MUST), is excited to be able to offer Montana’s public schools additional flexibility and efficiencies in their funding of employee health benefits. Public schools now have the option to participate in the MUST Multidistrict Agreement to support services and activities for the funding and operations related to their employee health benefits. Visit the MUST Benefits - Multidistrict Agreement webpage for more information. (January 10, 2020)

Membership Renewal Drive 2023-24

The SAM Membership Renewal Drive for 2023-24 has begun!  Remember, district clerks/business managers must complete renewal forms for SAM members associated with districts.  Individuals not associated with a district must complete their own renewal forms.  Click the link below to renew your membership.

Past SAM Membership Totals: 
20-21 = 1107
19-20 = 1083

18-19 = 1045
17-18 = 1058

16-17 = 1020
15-16 = 987
14-15 = 978
13-14 = 974