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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

3 Ways Leaders Overcome an Implementation Dip

Leaders exploring or operating within Collaborative Response (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 change,…

March 9, 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

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

Ready, Fire, Aim – Taking Action to Collaborate in Schools

“…organizations that take the plunge and actually begin doing the work of a PLC develop their capacity to help all students learn at high levels far more effectively than schools that spend years preparing to become PLCs through reading or even training”…

December 21, 2016 | Author: Kurtis Hewson | Read Article

Interventions, Strategies and Accommodations

As schools develop, refine and revise their continuums of support, there is a need to identify and differentiate between interventions, strategies and accommodations. This blog post shares the difference between each support, along with tools 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

The Value of Piloting Change

Change in schools is never easy. As we critically examine “how we do things” and scrutinize fundamental changes to existing practices, adversity is going to arise. When looking to initiate changes, whether it is implementing collaborative team meetings,…

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