Vacancy Announcement:  SAM Director of Operations - Finance, Membership, Conferences

The position is open until filled and would be a wonderful opportunity for an education leader ready to make a difference for students through SAM!  Apply today!


 

SAM Week of Excellence

June 9 - 11, 2021 - in Helena and Virtual!

The SAM Week of Excellence is scheduled for June 9-11, 2021 in Helena. Take a look below at the list of events:

June 9th
  • 9:00am-3:00pm – The DaRud Cup Golf Scramble – Bill Roberts Golf Course, Helena, MT
Click HERE to learn more and to register for the DaRud Cup
June 10th
  • 8:00am-9:00am – SAM Investment/Finance Committee Meeting – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena, MT
  • 9:00am-10:00am – SAM New Board Members Orientation – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena, MT
  • 10:00am-2:00pm – SAM Board of Directors Meeting – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena, MT
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm – SAM Delegate Assembly Caucus – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena, MT
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm – SAM Evening of Excellence – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena, MT
June 11th
  • 8:00am-12:00pm – SAM Delegate Assembly – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena, MT
Contact the SAM office for more information!

 COVID-19 Information for Schools (updated 6-11-21)


  • SAM LPLP 2021-22
    • Be sure to register to participate in next year's dynamic professional learning program. 
    • SAM LPLP 2020-21 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
  • G.V. Erickson Award - Nominations are open until October 1, 2021: The G.V. Erickson Award is given to a member of the School Administrators of Montana who has made the greatest contribution to the betterment of education in Montana; something that G.V. did throughout his career. This is the most honored award a school administrator of Montana can receive.
  • Erdie Memorial Scholarship - Applications close October 1, 2021: A Dr. Jay Erdie Memorial Mentor Scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded annually to a deserving educator. The purpose of the scholarship is to “train and mentor” new Montana school administrators. The scholarship will be awarded to a school administration candidate who plans to begin and/or complete his/her administrative credentials and intends to work in a Montana school district. Once the candidate has secured a position and notified the SAM office, a trained mentor will be provided through SAM’s Mentor Program to assist during his/her first year on the job.

  • Current Leadership Opportunities 


  • Upcoming SAM Events:
    • June 9th

      • 9:00am-3:00pm – The DaRud Cup Golf Scramble – Bill Roberts Golf Course, Helena, MT
      • Click HERE to learn more and to register for the DaRud Cup
    • June 10th

      • 8:00am-9:00am – SAM Investment/Finance Committee Meeting – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena
      • 9:00am-10:00am – SAM New Board Members Orientation – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena
      • 10:00am-2:00pm – SAM Board of Directors Meeting – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena
      • 2:00pm-4:00pm – SAM Delegate Assembly Caucus – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena
      • 6:00pm-9:00pm – SAM Evening of Excellence – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena
    • June 11th
    • July 26-27
      • SAM Administrators Institute 2021:  July 26-27
      • Reimagining the Future with Strategies of Hope Moving Forward
        • Focus Zone Sessions:  
          • Social Emotional & Mental Health
          • Accelerating Learning
          • Infrastructure Needs
        • In-person and Virtual Delivery
        • Launch of SAM's 50th Anniversary Celebration
        • SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program 2021-22 Summit

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
  • 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
  • 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.

RENEW TODAY!
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