First Responders/SAM Team

Letter LogoDear Parents, Teachers, Staff and Students,

I am honored to be the Principal at Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences. As a Principal it is my goal to make teaching and learning my primary focus. Everyone knows how day-to-day management tasks and outside distractions can often take us away from our desired goals.   As a result, I am participating in a nationally tested and proven professional development process called the National SAM® Innovation Project (NSIP).

What is SAM? SAM is a professional development process using a unique set of tools to change a principal’s focus from school management tasks to instructional leadership—activities directly connected to improving teaching and learning. Research has determined that principals gain the equivalent of 27 extra days of instructional leadership time in their first year using the SAM process.  The process is designed to help me be reflective about how to best work with teachers to improve teaching and learning.

The SAM team at Hill meets with me each day to schedule instructional leadership time, reflect on impact and develop a First ResponderTM structure at our school. The SAM Team at Hill includes, Mr. Adams, Ms. Wright, Ms. Betts, Ms. Cabonor and Ms. Prochnow and myself.

The SAM team at Hill works to create management systems within the school that empower others to lead the management so I can stay engaged in activities designed to improve teaching and learning. NSIP surveys of parents, students and staff at SAM schools reveal that the management is better accomplished when the First RespondersTM system is in place and the principal increases instructional engagement.  The SAM process identifies and assigns staff members to manage specific responsibilities which minimizes the amount of time I am taken away from instructional work. You can find a list of the most common First RespondersTM in the table below.

If you would like more information regarding this innovative design for instructional leadership and school management, please contact Ms. Prochnow for additional information.

I am looking forward to a very successful year at Hill Campus of Arts and Science.


Mr. Sean Kavanaugh

First Responders HCAS

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