COVID-19 Information for Schools (updated 9-16-21)

  • 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.
  • MASSP Assistant Principal of the Year - Nominations close October 1, 2021: The National Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students. These assistant principals are acknowledged by their peers for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession. The program honors high school assistant principals who have demonstrated excellence in the areas addressed by the selection criteria
  • MASS School Board of the Year - Nominations close October 1, 2021: The purpose of the award is to recognize and focus attention on the dedicated and ethical service rendered by school boards to the children of Montana. Nominations for the MASS School Board of the Year may be submitted by any Montana Superintendent of Schools. A committee reviews the applications and selects up to two (2) Outstanding School Boards in Montana. The winners are announced during the annual SAM Business Meeting in October.
  • MASS AASA Convention Incentive Award - Nominations close October 1, 2021: The Montana Association of School Superintendents Incentive Award Program is intended to provide an opportunity for two administrators to attend the AASA National Conference on Education (NCE) in Nashville February 17-19, 2022.  Nominees must be members of MASS and AASA and must not have previously attended an AASA NCE. 

  • Current Leadership Opportunities 

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
  • 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