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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. Myers, 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.

Seven 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, author of The Leadership Passcode: Unlock the Heart of School Leadership, will share a refreshing, highly interactive, and insightful keynote on the human side of successful leadership. Based her 40+ year career as a widely respected educator, and her background as a “third culture kid,” her personal and professional narrative will guide the audience on a fascinating journey towards developing a deeper understanding and useful practical approaches 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. Student engagement is the new frontier of student achievement. In a world that is rife with disruptions and distractions, it’s hard to get students to succeed unless we can get and keep their attention, fire up their passions, and help them feel they have a voice and belong. Engagement is the lever for learning and a window into well-being. But it has many enemies. Based on 7 years of research, this keynote reveals who and what the true enemies of student engagement are and shows you how to defeat them. 
Mike Rutherford, Developing Sharper Vision for Classroom Observations – Great teacher developers are first great observers. They see more, understand more, probe more, focus more, and have more insights.  This session examines ten effectiveness principles for developing sharper classroom vision.  
Willow Sweeney and Paul Bernabei, If I Knew Then What I Know Now – Willow Sweeney and Paul Bernabei, Top 20 Training, will identify principles and practices they have learned while working with students and educators over the last 20 years essential for creating a culture of learning and ensuring we are all performing at our highest level. 
David Horsager, Trusted Leader: 8 Pillars that Drive Results – Without trust, leaders and organizations fail, but with trust leaders get followed, the trusted suppliers get bought from, and the trusted business outperforms the competition. Through industry leading research, The Trust Outlooks®, and firsthand experience working with high-performing organizations around the world, David reveals how top leaders and organizations drive business results to become the most trusted in their industry.     
 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.  

Breakout Sessions

This conference will include breakout sessions featuring both national presenters and current SAM Team members.

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, by guiding attendees through simulations and activities that explore the “heart” of good leadership. Using the essential elements of Reflection, Relationships, and Rituals will “unlock” strategies needed to better connect with the school community and improve both practice and the learning environment.    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.