SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program 

Are you planning your 2020-21 professional learning? 

Register HERE for 2020-21!


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SAM LPLP 2019-20

The Leaders Professional Learning Program (LPLP) provides a unique and innovative approach to professional learning for Montana school leaders by offering an opportunity for participants to receive student-focused, solution-based professional development designed to be responsive to the challenges and issues administrators face each day. 

Connecting new, experienced, and aspiring administrators throughout the state, SAM LPLP’s multi-faceted blended learning approach consists of

  • a rich online resource center complete with a vast collection of books, articles, videos, websites, and activities organized around the ten Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and adapted by Montana leaders to reflect the Montana education environment;
  • collegial learning networks designed to be dynamic based upon topics of interest as they arise that allow participants to focus on specific areas of interest;
  • personal learning networks, including the option of one-on-one coaching/mentoring with experienced Providers.

Tailored to meet the needs of administrators, learning networks meet both virtually and face-to-face allowing participants to share challenges, successes, and thought leadership with like-minded Montana leaders experiencing similar job roles, situations, and context while bringing professional development to the administrator.

The goal of the SAM LPLP is to provide intentional, personalized professional learning to Montana educators through research-based strategies resulting in improvements in job satisfaction, administrator longevity, and ultimately to increased student achievement and quality of instruction which will positively impact the education of students across Montana.  


Click HERE to listen to Daisy Dyer Duerr's podcast, "Mentoring in Rural Montana",  featuring Godfrey Saunders discussing the SAM LPLP program.  
Click HERE to review the "SAM LPLP Personalized Learning for School Administrators Done Right!" presentation made by the SAM team at the AASA National Conference on Education (NCE) 2-16-19

 Thank you to our generous SAM LPLP Sponsors! 

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Link to SAM LPLP 2016-17 Materials

Link to SAM LPLP 2015-16 Materials

Link to SAM LPLP 2014-15 Materials