Pre-Conference: January 27th, 2022
Conference: January 28th & 29th, 2022

The 15th Annual National SAM Conference will be at the Westin Cape Coral resort, just outside of Ft. Meyers, Florida.  The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is in the heart of one of southwest Florida’s most beautiful settings. The resort boasts an on-site marina, a spa and salon, tennis courts, kayak and bicycle rentals, a nature trail, three outdoor pools, an amphitheater and shopping, along with many other hotel activities. A water taxi is ready to provide transport to local beaches.

Eight Amazing Keynote Sessions  
The keynote speakers are national and international authors, speakers, and leaders in the movement to improve teaching and learning and support school leaders.  They will push your thinking and help you be an even more effective leader. 
Yvonne Caamal Canul, Leadership Passcode, will share her insightful and refreshing book on the human side of successful leadership from the perspective of an experienced and widely respected educator. The Leadership Passcode: Unlock the Heart of School Leadership provides an insightful and refreshing perspective on school leadership — both the science and the craft. Based on the author’s 40+ year career as a widely respected educator, and her background as a “third culture kid,” her professional narrative guides current and aspiring leaders on a fascinating journey towards developing a deeper understanding of what better school leadership can look like.
Dr. Da’Mond Holt, Trauma Center of Hope, comes to the National SAM Conference to share his work helping educators deal with the pressures of the pandemic, unrest, and uncertainty.  A gifted presenter, Da’Mond will share activities and strategies for restoring hope, strengthening resilience, and countering fatigue, burnout, grief, and loss.   
Andy Hargreaves, University of Ottawa, Boston College, international education leader, activist and change agent, comes to the SAM Conference to share Five Paths of Student Engagement. By integrating psychological and sociological perspectives, and using inspiring examples from seven years of research, this book delves deeply into the “What, Why, and How” of student engagement. It reveals who and what the true enemies of student engagement are and shows you how to defeat them. 
Mike Rutherford, nationally recognized leader in helping principals improve teacher practice, will share his experience and lessons learned with SAM teams.  Mike, a highly entertaining and skilled professional presenter, provides concrete and easy to apply ideas and approaches guaranteed to help leaders be more effective each day. 
Willow Sweeney and Paul Bernabei, Top Twenty Training, authors and nationally recognized leaders in social emotional learning and leadership, return to the SAM Conference for a delightful, humorous, reflective, and unique keynote session:  If I Knew Then What I Know Now.    
David Horsager, author, and international business leadership speaker, returns to the SAM conference to share his newest work, The Trusted Leader.  David’s enthusiasm is contagious and his work helping business executives easily transfers to school leaders.     
 Jimmy Casas, national presenter, and author will share his new book, Handle with Care: Managing Difficult Situations in Schools with Dignity and Respect, and how this can make your work even more effective.  
Note:  One additional keynote session speaker will be announced in October.

Breakout Sessions

This conference will include breakout sessions featuring both national presenters and current SAM Team members.  If you are interested in being a breakout session presenter complete the one- page interest form at this link:  

Breakout sessions will be announced December 1, and registered attendees will be invited to make their preference selections.

Pre-Conference Sessions

As always, we are also providing optional full day pre-conference workshops. Space in these sessions is limited, so be sure to register early!

·        Mike Rutherford, Coaching Workshop:  A nationally recognized leader in helping leaders improve teacher practice, offers an interactive workshop where you will view a lesson, plan a feedback session with other attendees, and deliver the feedback to the teacher.  You will then hear the teacher’s take on your feedback’s value and the thoughts of other attendees.  Limited session:  15 SAM principals

·        Yvonne Caamal Canul, author and distinguished former district superintendent, will lead a hands-on, interactive session with her colleague, Betty Underwood, on how leaders can better connect with teachers using empathy and coaching to improve practice.  Yvonne and Betty will guide attendees through simulations to explore the “heart” of good leadership.  Limited session:  25 SAM team members

·        Kim Marshall, the nation’s leading authority on teacher evaluations and supervision, offers an interactive workshop experience using case studies to explore how to best work with teachers to improve practice.   Kim will include effective use of assessments, teacher PLC teamwork, unit and lesson planning, effective pedagogy managing difficult conversations.  Limited session:  25 SAM team members.