Announcing our 2020-2021 Collaborative Response Learning Series!

In partnership with the Central Alberta Regional Consortium, this year long virtual series is focused on growing and refining Collaborative Response structures and processes in schools and districts.

Envisioning a Collaborative Response: Introductory Overview

It is virtually impossible for a teacher to know how to successfully provide instruction and support for all students in diverse, inclusive contemporary classrooms. In this introductory three webinar series, participants will learn about Collaborative Response, a mindset for educational organizations that values collaborative, action focused responses, data-informed discussions, and timely intervention to ensure all students can experience success. Come learn how school administration and inclusive learning support leadership teams establish school-wide structures to ensure support for every student in our schools and across our districts. Numerous Alberta school and district examples, as well as access to a myriad of resources will be provided.

Dates:

October 27, October 29, and November 3, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Beginning to Lead a Collaborative Response - Principal Community of Practice

Principals will engage in a community of practice that honours and involves schools beginning a Collaborative Response framework in their schools. For each session, school leadership teams will have a chance to connect and network with other participating schools, learn about strategies for implementation, access a variety of resources and samples, and then be provided extended time for planning next steps in their own school.

The goals of this community of practice are to:

  • Establish an understanding of Collaborative Response as it relates to leading schools and creating structures and processes to respond to the needs of students.
  • Network with other schools and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity.
  • Collectively develop and share resources to support Collaborative Response Models in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Dates:

Oct 29, Nov 9, Jan 11, Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 19, May 4 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Facilitator: Marilyn Schmitke


Going Deeper with Leadership in Collaborative Response - Principal Community of Practice

Principals will engage in a community of practice that honours and involves schools sustaining a Collaborative Response framework in their schools. For each session, school leadership teams will have a chance to connect and network with other participating schools, learn about strategies for going deeper, access a variety of resources and samples, and then be provided extended time for planning next steps in their own school.

The goals of this community of practice are to:

  • Deepen an understanding of Collaborative Response as it relates to leading schools and refine structures and processes to respond to the needs of students.
  • Network with other schools and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity.
  • Collectively develop and share resources to support Collaborative Response Models in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Dates:

  • October 30, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT
  • November 10, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • January 12, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • February 18, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • March 11, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • April 20, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • May 6, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST

Facilitator: Marilyn Schmitke


Collaborative Response Community of Practice - Focus on Literacy

In this community of practice, school leaders establishing and refining Collaborative Response frameworks with a specific focus on literacy will have a chance to connect and network with other participating leaders, share practices that are leading to success for students and staff, and access a variety of resources and samples. As part of the community of practice, school leaders will establish an action plan for their Collaborative Response work and use it as a guide for sharing and planning next steps forward. Each month, participants will be expected to come back to share one piece of their action plan as evidence of the work as it evolves in their school.

The goals of this community of practice are to:

  • Deepen an understanding of Collaborative Response as it relates to literacy and refine structures and processes to respond to the needs of students.
  • Network with a variety of schools and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity.
  • Connect to literature related to Collaborative Response to initiate further discussion and exploration.
  • Collectively develop and share resources to support Collaborative Response structures and frameworks in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Dates:

  • November 5, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 MST
  • January 7, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 MST
  • February 4, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 MST
  • March 4, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 MST
  • April 1, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 MDT
  • May 6, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 MDT

Facilitated by: Kathleen Robertson


“But What Are We Going To Do?”: Ensuring Effective Collaborative Team Meetings

Collaborative team meetings, focusing on the emerging needs of students, are at the heart of a school’s Collaborative Response. But how do we ensure that these team meetings are purposeful, efficient and truly moving towards collective action for students? In this session, Kurtis will break down best practices to consider when engaging in collaborative team meetings, as well as share multiple school samples and artifacts. This session is intended for schools already refining the tenets of Collaborative Response or interested in learning more about the school-wide framework. Practices shared can be applied to face-to-face, as well as online meetings (with examples and resources to support both).

Date: November 9, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MDT

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Collaborative Response Community of Practice - Focus on Behaviour

In this community of practice, school leaders establishing and refining Collaborative Response frameworks with a specific focus on behaviour and student wellness will have a chance to connect and network with other participating leaders, share practices that are leading to success for students and staff, and access a variety of resources and samples. As part of the community of practice, school leaders will establish an action plan for their Collaborative Response work and use it as a guide for sharing and planning next steps forward. Each month, participants will be expected to come back to share one piece of their action plan as evidence of the work as it evolves in their school.

The goals of this community of practice are to:

  • Deepen an understanding of Collaborative Response as it relates to student behaviour and wellness and refine structures and processes to respond to the needs of students.
  • Network with a variety of schools and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity
  • Connect to literature related to Collaborative Response to initiate further discussion and exploration
  • Collectively develop and share resources to support Collaborative Response structures and frameworks in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Dates:

  • November 12, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MST
  • December 10, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MST
  • January 21, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MST
  • March 4, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MST
  • April 22, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MDT
  • May 13, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MDT

Facilitators: Lorna Hewson and Barb Pears


Collaborative Response Community of Practice - Focus on Numeracy

In this community of practice, school leaders establishing and refining Collaborative Response frameworks will have a focus on numeracy will have a chance to connect and network with other participating leaders, share practices that are leading to success for students and staff in the area of numeracy, and access a variety of resources and samples. As part of the community of practice, school leaders will establish an action plan for their Collaborative Response work with a focus on numeracy and use it as a guide for sharing and planning next steps forward. Each month, participants will be expected to come back to share one piece of their action plan as evidence of the work as it evolves in their school.

The goals of this community of practice are to:

  • Deepen an understanding of Collaborative Response as it relates to numeracy as a support focus area and refine structures and processes to respond to the needs of students.
  • Network with a variety of schools and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity.
  • Connect to literature related to Collaborative Response and numeracy to initiate further discussion and exploration.
  • Collectively develop and share resources to support Collaborative Response structures and frameworks with a focus on numeracy in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Dates:

  • November 12, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • December 8, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • January 14, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • March 18, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MST
  • April 22, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT
  • May 25, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT

Facilitator: Jennifer Ferguson


Refining a Continuum of Supports: Articulating Interventions, Strategies and Accommodations to Ensure Student Success

A Continuum of Supports (sometimes referred to as a Pyramid of Interventions) ensures that each school's instructional capacity is clearly articulated and systematically organized to inform the responses determined for students. In this session, Kurtis will reinforce that the development of a Continuum of Supports is a fluid, ever-evolving process and provide practical strategies for initiating this work in schools. In addition to providing multiple samples, Kurtis will also share ideas for utilizing the Continuum of Supports as a tool to engage the ongoing discussion and collective examination of effective instructional practices.

Date: November 17, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MDT

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Intentional Use of Data to Guide and Inform the Collaborative Conversation

It is not unusual for schools to be data-rich, but information-poor, collecting reams of student data but not ensuring the effective utilization of the information to guide next steps. In this session, Kurtis will explore a number of practical strategies and considerations for school leaders looking to ensure intentional organization and use of data to truly engage teachers and help guide timely, collaborative responses for students.

Date: November 24, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MST

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Collaborative Response at the Division Office: Ensuring Responsive District Support for Schools

Providing supports through a collaborative response has great impact on students in the classroom through the use of defined processes and structures. Similar structures and processes can be used at the district level to support schools in implementing and aligning with district priorities. Through a Collaborative Response, districts can provide differentiated support to their schools to align and directly impact district goals.

Date: December 3, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MST

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


District Inclusive Supports and Collaborative Response

There are a number of roles such as directors, coordinators, counselors, OT/PT/SLP, social workers that work with system leadership to support students. Collaborative Response provides the framework for structures and processes that include communication, learning, intervention and action as everyone consistently strives to meet the needs of ALL students. These collaborative structures ensure that the valuable time and resources of all those who support diverse learners is respected but also provides a model not just for them to follow but serves as an example of how they can lead the support structures with the teams they are working with at the school or across the district. This session focuses on the elements of Collaborative Response, how to deeply understand them and also leverage and develop your leadership abilities to use them for all team meetings, case conferences, debriefs, etc. so that the meetings are focused, engaging, responsive and action orientated.

Date: January 14, 2021 4:00 pm to 5:30 MST

Facilitators: Lorna Hewson and Amber Hester


Collaborative Response Throughout the System: Ensuring Success for Students from the Classroom to District Supports

This session will provide an exploration of how districts can infuse common layered team structures to systematically identify and support at-risk learners from the classroom to district levels. Practical strategies will be shared for implementing a fluid, timely system of supports from the classroom to individualized supports accessed through the district. Through collaborative conversations and systematic communication, supports for students are better informed and efficiently implemented.

Date: January 21, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MST

Facilitator: Lana Nogue


Author: Nadine Wood