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SamTastic Weekly Tip: 3/6/23 - Contact Days Update ~ Annual SAM Rubric ~ 17th Annual SAM Conference

This week’s tip: Contact Days Update ~Annual SAM Process Rubric Assessment ~ 17th Annual National SAM Conference


Contact Days Update Your school district has likely set its calendar for the 2023-24 school year. Now is the perfect time to add this information in your TimeTrack. There are two steps:


  1. Go to the orange TimeTrack logo, upper left, select settings and contact days set-up. Starting with June, 2023, change to gray any day the leader is not required to work. Once you finish June, click set and advance. Repeat this process for each of the next twelve months making sure district holidays are gray. It is a great idea to label these days in the Note section, too.

  2. Double check that you’ve changed to gray days your leader will be on vacation, or using leave, this summer. This will make a significant difference in your time data as TimeTrack will not count days that have been switched to gray.


Annual SAM Process Rubric Assessment Your Time Change Coach will meet with you in April or May to complete the annual reflective assessment rubric for your SAM process work. The purpose is to celebrate your success while considering next steps in using the SAM process to best meet your goals.


There are three rubrics:


All SAM teams use the Performance Rubric 1.0: https://bit.ly/3jzMlyP As you examine the rubric, consider if you are doing everything at each level. If not, consider the steps you could take as team. If you are doing everything at each of level of the Rubric 1.0 you have the option of using a second rubric, Performance Rubric 2.0: https://bit.ly/3LXe8W0.


There is a separate rubric for additional TimeTrack users at a school. For example, if you are an assistant principal there is a separate rubric for you to use. Additional TimeTrack Performance Rubric: https://bit.ly/3vkvjdI.


You can click the rubric links, in BLUE above, to view and print. You can also access the rubrics when working with your TimeTrack. Click the orange TimeTrack logo, select INFO and then Written Tools.


Many teams and Time Change Coaches report the annual rubric review is helpful in setting goals for the upcoming school year. The new rubrics are designed to deepen and strengthen this reflective practice process with an emphasis on celebrating your work.


17th Annual National SAM Conference Registration doesn’t open until Labor Day but now is the time to do four things so you can attend:


  1. Be sure to budget for SAM services for 2023-24, including the national conference

  2. Add in the Notes section: Monday, September 4: Register for the Conference

  3. Add in the Notes section: Monday, December 4: Travel information Due for the Conference

  4. Add in the Notes section: Monday, January 22: Get ready to travel to Fort Lauderdale

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