Join Marilyn Schmitke for Collaborative Response Community of Practice for School Leadership Teams!

Workshop Overview

School teams 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. Detailed agendas and resources will be provided for each session for all school participants. Sessions will be hosted at schools with established Collaborative Response structures and processes in the Edmonton area, with opportunities to learn from the host school (host locations will be established, based on the membership of the community of practice).

Participating schools will also have a team meeting observation date established between February to May, where the facilitator and any interested schools will observe a team meeting in action, and then be provided feedback through a debrief process, including written notes.

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 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 Models in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Who Should Attend

School Leadership Teams (2-4 people) of schools sustaining Collaborative Response frameworks. The community of practice group will consist of 4-6 schools. Should more schools express interest, a second community will be established.
As schools work to build consistency and sustainability of practices within schools, it is recommended that the same team members attend each of the sessions.

About the Facilitator

Marilyn Schmitke is an educator with over 25 years of experience in schools as a teacher and administrator and is currently a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning. Prior to her current position, Marilyn served as a teacher in elementary, junior high and senior high; a Curriculum Coordinator; and Assistant Principal and Principal with Edmonton Public Schools. She has extensive experience implementing the Collaborative Response framework in two different schools.

Location and Dates

  • November 26, 2019 - Edmonton area school TBD
  • January 21, 2020 - Edmonton area school TBD
  • April 28, 2020 - Edmonton area school TBD
  • May 26, 2020 - Edmonton area school TBD

Sessions will run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, with lunch provided

Registration Information

$1600 per participating schools (2-4 people per school)

Email questions(at)jigsawlearning.ca to register your team.


Author: Nadine Wood