2010 Conference Dates

April 22-23, 2010 Parke Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington, IL

Why the Need for SAM?

Principals are essential to improving schools and student achievement, but the role of the principal has changed. It was once enough for principals to be good building managers, but today they are also held responsible for improving student achievement. In an era of accountability, so much is expected of them that success in all areas of responsibility is out of reach for an increasing number of principals.

Research makes it clear that leadership is critical to improving student achievement. Stronger leadership must be part of any strategy to raise student performance, deliver quality teaching and improve schools. Research also shows that principals can transform schools and improve student learning when they focus on essential tasks.

Yet, to be more effective, principals must have more time for instruction.  Management duties prevent principals from devoting more time to instruction. Though school leaders would like to be more involved in instructional leadership, studies show that principals – even those in the highest performing schools – spend up to 75 percent of their time on management. However, with guidance on how to delegate non-instructional tasks, principals spend dramatically more time on practices that lead to improved teaching and learning.

Illinois State University

Roberta Hendee, Assistant Director

2030 Timberbrooke Dr., Suite A
Springfield, Il 62702
Phone: 217-546-3036

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