SAM Administrators Institute 2020

July 27-29, 2020
Helena Delta Hotel by Marriott

"Tell Your Story!"

Preparing you to launch the 2020-21 school year with great ideas and relationships for success! 
Details coming soon ....




2019 MTASCD Summit Program
2019 Instructional Leadership Summit Program

 SAM Administrators Institute 2019

The Montana HOW
Hope for Education...Now & In the Future
* Providing Opportunity
* Having the Will to Succeed

July 29-31, 2019
Delta Hotel by Marriott, Helena

Monday, July 29
MTASCD Summit - Kristin Souers  -- "A Culture of Safety & the New 3 R's"

In this continuing exploration of #TraumaInvested practice, join childhood trauma expert Kristin
Souers as she shares keen insights into the practices of empathy and attunement. She will work
with the team on learning a communication strategy built to strengthen connection and
understanding. Learn the characteristics of a Culture of Safety, and implement timely
interventions for our students by addressing the «New 3 R’s» in education: Relationships,
Responsibility, and Regulation. Using scenarios, research, and a bank of strategies, collaborate
with your colleagues to brainstorm approaches to meet our students’ needs. Attendees will
leave refreshed and excited about meeting the challenges awaiting them, with tools in the
toolbelt and the energy and optimism needed to use them!

New Superintendent/Clerk Finance Summit - SAM/MASBO - 12:00 to 4:00  
Tuesday, July 30
Instructional Leadership Summit 
Keynote - Sean Covel - "The Word that Shapes our World"

So here’s the thing; your mind is a computer, pure and simple.  And a computer has only one function: to answer questions.  
The questions you ask your mind result in answers that shape the way you see the world and how you interact in it.  When you consider what questions others are asking themselves, you unlock the key to creating deep connections, find opportunities to collaborate on building great things, and gain a powerful tool to re-direct the lives of students and community members who are all but defeated in many aspects of their lives. 
The most powerful questions you can ask yourself rely on one single word. It is a word that, more than any other, has shaped the entire modern world.  And it is a word you already use each and every day.
In a 1-hour presentation, Sean Covel combines humorous stories of growing up in small-town America, with fantastic tales of true-life adventures in the movie business. Through these stories he shares a theme that has connected them all, an idea that connects us all, and a concept that lets us shape our world for the better.

Clinic Sessions
MREA/MCS Reception

Wednesday, July 31
Instructional Leadership Summit 
Keynote - Garret Garrels - "Finding the Rhythm" 

Life is a lot like music. And for Garret that music is from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In this humorous presentation, Garret will share his hilarious failures in life: from his journey as an accident-prone athlete, a nearly bankrupt business owner, and an artistically-challenged artist. Through storytelling, boxing demonstrations, and what can only be called a “rap” you will learn some of the many lessons that music can teach us about life.

Clinic Sessions

Wednesday, July 31
LPLP Summit  12:45 - 4:15


SAM Administrators Institute 2019 Materials

Tuesday Luncheon:  SAM Update 2019 SAM AI 19 7-30-19

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SAM Administrators Institute 2018 Materials


SAM Administrators Institute 2018

Empowering Montana Students - Transforming Education

July 30 - August 1, 2018

Radisson Colonial Hotel, Helena

Click HERE to Register!

Click HERE to View the Instructional Leadership Summit Agenda

Monday, July 30: 

SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program (LPLP) Summit:  Professional Learning for New, Experienced, and Aspiring Administrators!  (Lunch at Noon, Summit begins at 12:45pm)

Be sure to register to see what SAM LPLP is all about and learn about the exciting changes made to the program!  SAM LPLP provides a unique and innovative approach to professional learning for Montana school leaders by providing 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, LPLP’s multifaceted blended learning approach consists of a rich online resource center; collegial learning networks that allow participants to focus on specific topics of interest; and personal learning networks including the option of one-on-one coaching/mentoring with experienced Providers. The SAM LPLP delivery system continues to inspire many educators and leaders to understand contemporary, research-based initiatives and successful educational leadership strategies to positively impact the education of thousands of students across Montana.

Click HERE for more information about SAM LPLP!  Click HERE to register for SAM LPLP 2018-19!

MTASCD Summit:  Trauma Is A Word Not A Sentence with author Kristin Souers (8:30am - 3:30pm)

In this engaging, relevant, & practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers about the importance of trauma-informed practices in the school setting. Participants will be provided with opportunities to reflect on information centered around the role that trauma plays in the school environment; the importance of self-awareness & regulation & strategies to support these in the school setting; the power of relationships & the role they play in the establishment & maintenance of school safety; the importance of self-care & the need for the professionals to have tools & strategies to support their own health. This professional development experience is for teachers, administrators, school counselors, psychologists & community health professionals. It will emphasize a strength-based approach to use with students, families, fellow faculty, school personnel & community members.  

Click HERE for more information about MTASCD Summit!   Click HERE for information about MTASCD!

Meet Kristin Souers

Tuesday, July 31:

Instructional Leadership Summit

Opening Keynote:  Eric Sheninger, ICLE - Personalized Learning     

Meet Eric Sheninger

Focus Zones:  

      • Transformation & Personalized Learning
      • Leading for Social Emotional Learning 
      • Leadership of Contemporary Issues
      • Information Security
Closing Keynote:  Keith Krueger, CoSN - Cyber and Information Security
Meet Keith Krueger

Wednesday, August 1:

Instructional Leadership Summit

Opening Keynote:  Jana Frieler, NASSP Speaker - Social Emotional Learning

Meet Jana Frieler

Focus Zones:  

      • Transformation & Personalized Learning
      • Leading for Social Emotional Learning 
      • Leadership of Contemporary Issues
      • Information Security
Closing Keynote:  Sue Meyer, Apple Education - Transforming Education
Meet Sue Meyer

Here are a few of the Clinic Sessions that will be offered:
*Digital Leadership & Learning  *SAM LPLP Social Emotional Learning CLN
*Website ADA Accessibility  *Building & Sustaining Tech Culture in Your District
*PLC's  *Cyber Risk & Mitigation Strategies for the Digital District
Raising the Bar for Learning with Technology  *RISE4MT
*SAM LPLP Trusted Learning Environment CLN  *Cyber Security
Check back for a more detailed agenda!


Past SAM Administrator Institute Materials