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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

Interventions, Strategies and Accommodations

In a prior post we shared a process for establishing a pyramid of interventions. This process allows schools to determine, define and organize the various strategies, accommodations and interventions currently taking place in the school to honour and…

December 11, 2016 | 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

Essential Elements of a Collaborative Team Meeting

The Collaborative Team Meeting (CTM) serves as the starting place for many schools seriously looking at ensuring success for all students through a Collaborative Response Model, . The CTM becomes the forum for examining and discussing OUR students and…

April 25, 2016 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Determining Roles in Collaborative Team Meetings

In order for a collaborative team meeting to have the greatest impact for the maximum number of students, the creation and assignment roles can be a key structure. Without focus and intent, meetings can veer into what we have referred to as a collection…

March 3, 2016 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article