2024 SAM Administrators Institute Registration is Open!

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2024 SAM Administrators Institute

July 22 - 24, 2024

Best Western Great Northern, Helena

Follow this link to Register:  SAM AI Conference Registration Form

2024 SAM Administrators Institute DRAFT Schedule at a Glance

 Exhibitor Registration (SAM Business Partners Only) 

 Want to know more about the Ron Clark Academy presenters?  Watch these introduction videos from Kim Bearden and Troy Kemp:

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Registration is open for the 2024 SAM AI - Leading Transformation: Innovation, Inclusion, and Inspiration - an essential summer professional learning opportunity you won't want to miss! 

The DRAFT Schedule at a Glance is available for the 2024 SAM Administrators Institute - Leading Transformation: Innovation, Inclusion, and Inspiration.  Register now for this exciting event featuring 5 keynote presentations and 24 breakout sessions. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with your colleagues during the receptions and throughout the conference.  

Leaders and educators play a critical role and serve as a catalyst for change when shaping the future for their schools and communities. To this end, educators are implementing innovative, inclusive, and inspirational practices in their environments. They use a proactive approach to address pressing challenges, leverage groundbreaking solutions, and motivate others to take action. By focusing on these important themes, innovation, inclusion and inspiration, the SAM AI summer conference will provide leaders with knowledge to create impactful and lasting contributions for their schools.

Expected outcomes for those attending SAM AI:

  • Innovation plays a crucial role in enhancing educational outcomes, processes, and environments. At SAM AI, participants will explore creative solutions to problems or challenges, which can lead to significant improvements and changes.
  • Inclusion refers to the practice of integrating all students, including those with diverse learning needs and disabilities, into our school environments. At SAM AI, participants will learn about practices designed to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities within a supportive environment that accommodates their individual differences.
  • Inspiration is a powerful tool that can transform public schools by energizing teachers, motivating students, and fostering a community that supports educational excellence. At SAM AI, leaders will be inspired through relevant and rewarding presentations that will make an impact and lead to sustained improvements by instilling a sense of purpose and commitment.

2024 SAM AI features an exciting lineup of keynote speakers: 

  • Ron Clark:  Get ready for an inspiring start to the 2024 SAM Administrators Institute.  The Ron Clark Academy is not only providing a pre-conference on Monday, July 22 from 8:00 - 11:30 but Ron Clark will also be kicking off the full conference at noon!  Ron Clark’s outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Ron’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry. Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA. The school serves as a training site for educators, and each year thousands of teachers and administrators from around the world visit the school to be trained in their methods for helping all students achieve success. 

    Consider registering your educator team to attend the first day of SAM AI (which includes the pre-conference) for a deep dive into Ron Clark's transformative educational strategies, notably PBIS strategies designed to foster a supportive and successful learning environment. Don't miss this unique opportunity to bring fresh inspiration and proven techniques back to your district.  You will save $100 on your conference registration if you register a team of 5 or more non-SAM member educators.  
  • Tuesday, July 23 features Beth Houf  as the opening keynote presenter.  Beth Houf is the proud principal of Capital City High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. She is the Co-Author of Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff. Beth serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. Beth co-facilitates the NASSP Women in School Leadership Network and is a member of the NASSP Board of Directors.  Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011, the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016, the 2019 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year, the EducationDive 2019 Principal of the Year, the 2021-2022 Missouri Secondary School Principal of the Year and the 2022 NASSP Principal of the Year. 
  • Wednesday, July 24 kicks off with Danielle Thompson presenting, Becoming a Literacy Leader.  Dr. Thompson is an experienced national consultant and trainer with a demonstrated impact in PreK-school age populations. She is a dynamic, fun, engaging human with tried and true experience in early childhood and school age language and literacy education, language development and disorders, reading acquisition and disorders, staff wellness and mindfulness, positive thinking and building positive change and momentum in schools. 

2024 SAM Administrators Institute will also feature additional keynote presentations; breakout sessions focused on Teaching & Learning, Innovation, and Leadership; and social events.

Hotel Information:  

Room blocks are available.  Contact one of the following hotels to make your reservation for the SAM Administrators Institute:

  • Great Northern Hotel, 406-457-5500, $179 per night
  • DoubleTree Hilton,  406-443-2200, $159 per night
  • Delta Colonial:  Book your group rate for SAM AI, $195 per night