School Administration Manager Project (also known as SAMs)
SAMs at Work
Principals are called to be instructional leaders. While we know principals cannot and should not get rid of all management duties, there are many things that principals do (address building maintenance problems, scheduling, minor discipline issues) that eat up lots of their time. They live interruption-driven lives. A study commissioned in 2002 by The Wallace Foundation reviewed the impact of time on the principalship and sought to answer five questions:
The study found that time was a huge factor and that having someone as a SAM can significantly affect the amount of time the principal has to be an instructional leader.
SAMs by the Numbers
Interested in Learning More?
Contact Iowa SAMs coordinator, Carol Lensing.