System Leadership

Are you a system leader with multiple priorities and increasing expectations, but with less support and resources? We too have had to struggle with all the expectations of leadership...yet produce results!

You are not alone!

We understand the complexities of managing a team responsible for leading learning across a system. It can be rewarding, but at times overwhelming and isolating.

We can help!

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We are here to guide and support you at the system level with structures, processes and resources that result in a cohesive team and an aligned plan for success.

How We Support

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


Personalized coaching and support for system leaders, providing consultation

Co-creation and revision of foundational statements and guiding documents for the system

Review of existing strategic planning processes and documents, ensuring alignment with provincial and local priorities

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

Facilitation of focused and intentional team building that creates collaborative, cohesive system level leadership teams


As a school district that has been using data to inform practices for some years now, Collaborative Response has provided a structure to collectively increase our capacity to serve a greater number of students. Our school learning teams are understanding the intricate interplay of collaborative structures and processes, data and evidence, and continuums of support and the collective ability these elements have to equip school staff with tools to do their best work. Kurtis Hewson and Marilyn Schmitke understand the push-pull of system change and they navigate the challenges with positivity and wisdom. We are excited for year two with Jigsaw Learning and the opportunity to expand our understanding and refine our application of Collaborative Response.

Raymonde Roulston
Director - Early Childhood Education and Learning Support Services - Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools

Amber Hester led our staff through a review of our mission and vision as well as team building exercises. Her presentation was delivered in a manner in which all participants felt safe even when discussing vulnerable topics. Amber's feedback helped us move forward in building a stronger sense of team in our building with a renewed focus on why we are educators.

Brent Northcott
Principal - Hilltop High School

Amber Hester guided our staff through exercises to build a shared mission, vision, and values. Amber's workshop was responsive to our specific needs as a staff and Amber adjusted the workshop to allow more/less time to ensure everyone left with a consistent and thorough understanding of our individual and collective responsibility to supporting a strong and effective team culture that is honest and accountable. We are looking forward to applying our new skills to support even more effective collaboration and communication within our team.

Anne Martens
Principal - Pat Hardy Primary School