What is It?
The School Administration Manager (SAM) Project helps Delaware school leaders spend their time where the impact is highest: working directly with teachers and students. The SAM project brings together tools, data and coaching to help administrators spend more time on instructional leadership and less time on school management. The overall goal is to improve instruction and school climate, leading to improved teacher practice and increased student achievement. While it is often referred to as a project, SAM is in fact a process – a process that is designed to bring about enduring improvements in principal practice, school culture, teacher practice and student achievement.
SAM and Delaware’s Race to the Top
DASL has provided Delaware’s SAM project services since 2008. Currently, 32 schools in Delaware are implementing the SAM project. Most of these schools are participating via Delaware’s Race to the Top grant. This cohort of SAM participantscomes from fifteen of Delaware’s nineteen school districts and includes one charter school. The current cohort contains everything from schools in their first year of participation to schools which joined with the initial cohort in 2008 and have continued their participation ever since.
A Growing Network: the National SAM Innovation Project
Delaware’s SAM project is part of a larger national network, the National SAM Innovation Project (NSIP). As of the fall of 2012 this network includes over 500 schools in fifteen states, with additional state pilots and at least one international pilot about to begin. As one of the six NSIP Founding Affiliates, UD / DASL brings to the table experience gained from having been part of the project since its very beginning. Additional information on the SAM project and on NSIP may be found at the NSIP web site: www.samsconnect.com.
Independent and external research has determined that on average principals gain the equivalent of 27 extra days of instructional leadership time in their first year of using the SAM process, and increase that gain to the equivalent of 38 days and 55 days in their second and third years of participation. (For details on the Policy Studies Associates research on the SAM project, go to: http://elite1199.inmotionhosting.com/~samsco5/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/PSA-SAM-Models-2011.pdf .
To participate in the Delaware SAM project, please contact Dave Sechler, Project Director: email@example.com.