School Leadership

We know that as administrators, you want to make a difference for your learning community and that you work tirelessly to make this happen. We’ve been there!

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You're a strong leader wanting to meet the needs of all students in your school and recognize that this requires a focused collaborative approach.

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Building a collaborative approach within your context is complex work requiring thoughtful structures and processes to help frame your work as a highly effective team.

We can help you put these pieces together with individualized support along the way. Please contact us to learn more about how we can partner with you.

How We Support

All professional learning engagements may be personalized and designed for onsite, online or blended learning.


Ongoing and practical leadership coaching

Professional learning for leaders and/or potential leaders on customized topics

Facilitation of focused and intentional team building that creates collaborative, cohesive school teams


Support for establishing system wide leadership communities of practice, for networking and facilitated sharing of leadership practices, successes and challenges

Together we can discuss your needs and design unique opportunities that will support your classrooms, schools and system.
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Our school has benefited from a long and positive relationship with Jigsaw Learning. Initially, we worked closely with Kurtis Hewson to create opportunities for staff collaboration within our timetable and to build the structures that enable teachers to focus entirely on meeting the needs of all students. The change to our school culture was immediately evident making it easy to on-board staff, students, and families new to our building.

Recently, we have had the pleasure of working with and being supported by Marilyn Schmitke. Her breadth of experience and depth of knowledge have been integral in assisting with navigating numerous transitions in our school. Partnering with us to find new paths to collaboration and new ways to communicate, Marilyn has provided the guidance and structure we needed to continue this important work.

Elizabeth Ward
Assistant Principal - Winterburn School - Edmonton Public Schools

Marilyn Schmitke has been an amazing support and resource for our team. The ideas we've received from her consultations have moved our team's progress forwards. Her experience at a Leader in Me school has been valuable as we try to incorporate the 7 Habits into the collaborative process. We highly recommend her!

Denise Kobza
Principal - St. Teresa of Calcutta School

Amber Hester was very positive in her responses and made you feel heard and comfortable. There was never a wrong comment as she was able to spin it to allow you to feel that you had a valid thought. Was made to feel comfortable even doing activities outside your comfort zone.

Janet Collie
Teacher - Peace Wapiti Public School Division

As a new administrator, I value the leadership that Lana Nogue has provided to me. Lana has taught me about creating learning plans, facilitated the process around creating a Nutrition School Handbook and connected me with others who I can share ideas with. Lana's knowledge around school leadership is key to the progress of the work we have been tasked with. I have found that with Lana's mentorship, my own leadership skills have improved. Thank you, Lana and I look forward to continuing learning from you.

Charity Alook
Principal K-5 - Oski Pasikoniwere Kamik - Bigstone Cree Nation Education Authority

When coming to Winterburn, it quickly became apparent that Marilyn Schmitke has a core belief in the power and potential of people to affect change when they work together. She presented staff with the opportunity to look at school supports through a lens of student-centred conversations and a targeted approach to interventions - Collaborative Response. Through a strategically crafted plan, creative scheduling and outstanding instructional leadership, Marilyn ensured the implementation of Collaborative Response was successful and sustainable. By her careful design, this strong collaborative environment has resulted in a profound shift in school culture to where teacher collective efficacy drives our work with students. Because of Marilyn's leadership, vision and commitment to supporting all students, we continue to use Collaborative Response as our framework to create structured supports to respond effectively to student's unique needs.

Elizabeth Ward
Assistant Principal - Winterburn School - Edmonton Public Schools

Marilyn Schmitke from Jigsaw Learning facilitated a professional learning opportunity for my teaching staff in August 2019. She prefaced the meeting with multiple conversations with myself to identify staff and school needs and draft a framework for the activities for the day. Marilyn was instrumental in providing me support, who, as a brand new administrator, was uncertain of how to move forward and apprehensive about how to address the sense of team as a new leader. Marilyn was a wealth of knowledge, providing multiple suggestions as to approaches that could be considered as first steps. Marilyn spoke with confidence and supported me through the process. Marilyn facilitated team building activities and then norm-setting with the teaching staff so that I was able to be a participant and work alongside my staff. Marilyn remained positive at all times while being realistic and addressing concerns of the staff through the process. It was an excellent day and set the foundation for an excellent start to... Read more

Sherry Pfannuller
Principal - Sangudo Community School