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  • Writer's pictureJim Mercer

SamTastic Tip: 4/11/16 - Take advantage of SAM PD.

This week’s tip: Take advantage of SAM PD.

Where can you find the best SAM professional development? Some of the best resources are as close as your SAM Daily Meeting. The reflective questions you ask can lead to the very best professional growth. PD tools are built-in to TimeTrack, too. Click on the logo and then INFO.

The annual National SAM Conference is consistently rated as the best leadership professional development conference offered in the US. Make sure you have the dates for the 10th annual conference in your TimeTrack: January 26-29, 2017. Registration opens on Labor Day. Many SAM teams use the HD videos from prior conferences. Here’s a quick link:

The Illinois SAM State Conference this month features author Ken Williams. ($100, does not include hotel, April 28, Bloomington—register by April 20:

The Georgia SAM Summer Conference, June 7-8, 2016, is celebrating its fourth year bringing SAM teams together for two days of outstanding professional development sessions featuring national and state speakers. SAM teams from other states are invited to attend: $795 and includes two night’s luxury accommodations at the Lodge and Spa, meals for two days and conference sessions and materials. Use this link to download and complete the registration form: SAM teams in Georgia have received information earlier on cost and registration, Georgia SAM Summer Conference keynote speakers include:

Will Parker, author, Principal Matters, speaker and principal at Oklahoma’s Skiatook High School

Valorie Burton, author, Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable, speaker and founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute

Mojdeh Henderson, North Carolina SAM Principal and highly rated speaker at the 9th Annual National SAM Conference

Jevon Lewis, Arizona SAM Principal and highly rated speaker at the 9th Annual National SAM Conference

The National SAM Innovation Project also provides SAM team members the weekly Marshall Memo, a compilation of the best education and school leadership

articles. Contact if you would like to be added to the distribution list.

The annual Iowa SAM Conference, December date to be announced, offers an opportunity to learn from other SAM teams and features state and national speakers.

One of your best PD resources is your Time Change Coach and other SAM teams in your district or state. Ask your coach to help connect you with colleagues doing great work.

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