COVID-19 Information for Schools (updated 1-19-22)

SAM Strategy - Promote the Value Your School Brings to the Community (updated 1-14-22)


The SAM Board of Directors announces that the position of SAM Executive Director is now open to qualified applicants.  All information about the position and the application form are posted on the SAM website at SAM Executive Director Position Announcement/Application Materials.  The position is open until filled with the first review of interested applicants beginning January 21, 2022.   Planned start date for the position is July 1, 2022.

  • SAM 50 Year Anniversary Celebration
  • SAM LPLP 2021-22
    • Be sure to register to participate in next year's dynamic professional learning program. 
    • SAM LPLP 2021-22 includes access to a coach/mentor, an online resource center, and collaboration through collegial learning networks.
    • Also, MASS will pay the registration fee for all superintendents new to their positions.
  • Register HERE!
  • Current Award Opportunities
    • META Technologist of the Year Nomination - coming soon
    • META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Nomination - coming soon

  • Current Leadership Opportunities 

The following leadership opportunities will be open for application the end of January!  Please consider applying for one of these positions.  For more information contact the SAM office.

  • MASS President Elect Application - coming soon 
  • META President Elect Application - coming soon

  • Upcoming SAM Events:
    • January 23-25
      • Montana Principals Conference - Bozeman

Contemporary Topics ...

  • GREAT 2020  - Great Work of Montana's Public Schools, Volume VIII 2020 was released by MT-PEC at MCEL on October 16, 2020.  GREAT 2021 planned release at MCEL 2021.
  • Espinoza vs. Montana Department of Revenue Supreme Court of the US Case - February 5, 2020.  Click HERE to read details (prepared by MQEC) of this court case to learn about the nationwide implications of this ruling.  Oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court took place on January 22, 2020.  The SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) consideration of Espinoza vs. MT Dept of Revenue resources to review – SCOTUS Blog,  Ballotpedia, MQEC update and Summary.  In the Fall 2019, SAM worked with MQEC on the efforts to have National Affiliate Associations file Amicus Briefs to support the Montana Department of Revenue position in the hearing in Espinoza vs. MT Department of Revenue.
  • 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)
  • MT-PEC collaboration develops a unified plan of professional development on key topics related to funding, flexibility, efficiency, safety and security, community ownership and local control - October 17, 2019.  A Framework including a planned syllabus, with desired outcomes driving the content is what was delivered to our members at MCEL 2019.   Click HERE (requires member login) to access the professional development including nine Deep Dive sessions on key topics
  • See how the SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program is doing by reviewing the latest Executive Summary.

  • Suicide Prevention resources are available through the work of the Montana Suicide Prevention Task Force over the past 4 years.  Please check out The Montana Crisis Action Toolkit on Suicide (MT-CAST-S 2017) authored by Drs. Scott and Donna Poland with guidance from the State Suicide Prevention Morbidity Committee (website).  See also the Montana Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training Act resources available to you for community planning.

Membership Renewal Drive 2021-22

The SAM Membership Renewal Drive for 2021-22 has begun!  Remember, district clerks/business managers must complete renewal forms for SAM members associated with districts.  Individuals not associated with a district and MCASE members 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