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Going Deeper in Collaborative Team Meetings Idea #4 – Determine Team Tasks

This posting is part of a series, aimed at sharing high-impact ideas and practices for consideration in relation to Collaborative Team Meetings. A common refrain that we hear from schools is that once regular collaborative time is established (weekly or…

March 2, 2019 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Going Deeper in Collaborative Team Meetings Idea #3 – Establish a Focus

This posting is part of a series, aimed at sharing high-impact ideas and practices for consideration in relation to Collaborative Team Meetings. Establishing a focus is critical to the efficiency and effectiveness of the collaborative team meeting.…

December 21, 2018 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Going Deeper in Collaborative Team Meetings Idea #2 – Establish an Annual Calendar

This posting is part of a series, aimed at sharing high-impact ideas and practices for consideration in relation to Collaborative Team Meetings. In order for collaborative team meetings to be seen as a regular, embedded structure essential to a school’s…

October 4, 2018 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Going Deeper in Collaborative Team Meetings Idea #1 – Focus on Impact During Celebrations

This posting is part of a series, aimed at sharing high-impact ideas and practices for consideration in relation to Collaborative Team Meetings. When first introducing the collaborative team meeting as a structure in our school (long before we know it…

September 8, 2018 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Establishing Student Entry Criteria

In a recent blog posting, we discussed the difference between students entry levels and intervention tiers on a visual team board. By showing these two dimensions of information, the board can ensure that we are effectively identifying the students to…

December 22, 2017 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

So What Can We Control? Articulating our Locus of Control

Often, especially when first beginning the process of collaboratively focusing upon the diverse needs of students, participants can become discouraged if they focus on factors largely outside of their control. In our experience, we’ve heard this fear…

December 22, 2017 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

10 Observables of a Collaborative Culture

We feel so privileged to be a part of the outstanding work happening in schools and districts related to ensuring collaborative responses for students. It leads to reflections regarding how collaborative cultures approach their complex work of supporting…

March 9, 2017 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Honouring the Implementation Dip

Leaders exploring or operating within a Collaborative Response Model (or any framework for staff collaboration) need to have a solid understanding of Change Theory. What can we expect to be on the horizon for our schools and teams engaging in meaningful…

March 9, 2017 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Importance of Administrative Involvement

Collaborative Team Meetings, which include assistants, counselors, learning coaches and teachers, are essential in establishing a Collaborative Response Model. Administrators not only need to ensure that the time is embedded to allow these meetings to…

February 26, 2017 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

The Role of Educational Assistants In a Collaborative Team Meeting

Within a Collaborative Response Model, we have discussed the critical importance of the Collaborative Team Meeting, an embedded meeting time where staff are brought together to discuss the progress, strengths and needs of students. One of the essential…

September 8, 2016 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article