Continuum of Supports





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In this Day 3 Opening Address from the 2022 Collaborative Response Symposium, Lorna and Kurtis Hewson connect the final foundational component of Collaborative Response, sharing resources and considerations related to development and continued refinement for a continuum of supports. When focusing on tiering the supports, not the students, we can draw explicit connections to the layering of collaborative structures and processes.


The establishment of a Continuum of Supports is essential for all schools, to organize, articulate and tier the strategies, accommodations and interventions available to support the diverse needs of students. A comprehensive Continuum of Supports, developed and refined over time, helps to inform the collective question "so now what should we do?" and ensures the tiering of supports, not students.

Access a video where Lead Learner, Lorna Hewson, explains a Continuum of Supports.

Access a number of resources and samples below, to assist in the construction and ongoing refinement of an organization's Continuum of Supports, as well as the eventual development of additional resources in relation to the key supports within a school.


Reflection and Data Tools

The following tools can be used to reflect upon your structures and processes related to Continuum of Supports, as well as collect evidence to determine growth and impact over time.


Reflecting on Continuum of Supports (School-Based) - Template - Template to reflect on considerations related to establishing and refining Continuums of Support at the school level

Development and Refinement

It is important that schools engage in the co-development of their continuum of supports, involving the determination, articulation and organization of what they already do to support students across the school. This involves understanding the difference between interventions, accommodations and strategies.


Resources and Templates

Four Tier Support Overview - An overview that shows the four tiers of support outlined in a collaborative response, how they connect to universal, targeted and individualized supports and a brief description for each tier.

Examining Interventions Template - Organizer to help identify if supports meet the criteria for an intervention. To learn more, access a blog posting describing the difference between interventions, strategies and accommodations.

Continuum of Supports Development Slides (Digital Development) - Slides to be used/modified to guide your school team through the development of a continuum of supports, with links to samples, posters and other potential resources when using digital tools to initiate the development of a continuum of supports.
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Continuum of Supports Development Slides (Post-It Development) - Slides to be used/modified to guide your school team through the development of a continuum of supports, with links to samples, posters and other potential resources when developing your continuum in person through hands-on materials.
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Four Tier Overview Posters - Posters describing each support tier, intended to be utilized when initially organizing the interventions, strategies and accommodations happening in a school.

Defining Interventions, Strategies and Accommodations - Slides to help further define what makes a support an intervention, strategy or an accommodation
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Understanding Tier 1 and 2 Supports - Video overview describing what constitutes Tier 1 and 2 supports at the classroom level and why they are foundational for student success. A great overview video to share with staff!
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Samples
Peace Wapiti Academy Initial Construction - Photograph of the initial draft continuum developed at Peace Wapiti Academy, focused on academic and social-emotional supports.
Copyright 2021, W. Gerard - Peace Wapiti Academy, Peace Wapiti Public School Division, AB. Shared with permission.
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Menus of Support

Creating a visual collection of supports for each area of focus in a school provides an accessible menu that can be referred to during collaborative team meetings, as well as help to clarify what are the Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 supports to be considered when supporting students. Consider the development of a continuum for each area of focus being attended to in your school (literacy, numeracy, social-emotional, student engagement, etc.).


Resources and Templates

Continuum of Supports - General Template - Intended to be printed as an 11x17 paper resource, sharing the interventions, strategies and accommodations to be considered when discussing the needs and subsequent supports for students.

Continuum of Supports - Literacy Template - Intended to be printed as an 11x17 paper resource, organizing the literacy interventions, strategies and accommodations in relation to the five threads of reading and writing.

Continuum of Supports - Online Learning Template - Intended to be printed as an 11x17 paper resource, organizing supports for online learning, including a section for specific online tools.

Refining Our Continuum of Supports Template - Valuable organizer to assist schools in the review and refinement of their Continuum of Supports once initially developed.

Continuum of Supports Template - Shared as a Google slide and intended to be printed as an 11x17 paper resource, sharing supports determined for the school in four tiers, with connections to the layer of Collaborative Structure and Process where the supports are most likely to be discussed, refined and accessed.

Strategies for Refining and Utilizing your Continuums of Support - As a school (or district), a continuum of support is a living document that is constantly evolving and consistently being used by staff, both in collaborative conversations and individual programming. Consider these strategies when refining and utilizing your Continuums of Supports.
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Samples

Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Continuum of Supports - Literacy Assessments and Continuum of Supports developed by Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools.
Copyright 2022, R. Roulston - GSACSD
Shared with permission.

Florence MacDougall Continuum of Supports - Continuum of Supports developed by Florence MacDougall Community School.
Copyright 2022, S. Brown - Florence MacDougall Community School, Fort Vermilion School Division, AB.
Shared with permission.
E.G. Wahlstrom Continuum of Supports - Behaviour Continuum of Supports developed by E.G. Wahlstrom School.
Copyright 2022, A. Ghostkeeper - E.G. Wahlstrom School, High Prairie School Division, AB
Shared with permission.

Memorial Composite High School COVID-19 Continuum of Supports - A tiered collection of supports to access, to ensure scaffolded supports for students engaged in online emergent teaching due to COVID-19.
Copyright 2020, C. Jensen - Memorial Composite High School, Parkland School Division, AB. Shared with permission.

Kildare School Pyramid of Reading Supports - Overview of Reading Supports developed by Kildare School, to support collaborative team meeting conversations and determine classroom and school-based supports to consider in relation to reading.
Copyright 2020, T. Jeske - Kildare School, Edmonton Public Schools, AB. Shared with permission.

Continuum of Supports Sample (Literacy) - Continuum of Supports adapted from a school that shows Interventions, Strategies and Accommodations in a placemat format for literacy.
Copyright 2021, N. Moir - Whitecourt Central School, Northern Gateway Public Schools, AB. Shared with permission.
Continuum of Supports Sample - Continuum of Supports developed by Crescent Heights High School, with links to valuable resources in relation to a number of the supports at all tiers.
Copyright 2020, S. Barth - Crescent Heights High School, Medicine Hat Public School Division, AB. Shared with permission.

Continuum of Supports Sample - Continuum of Supports developed by Herald School, with a myriad of supports at each tier and links for many.
Copyright 2020, K. Corbett - Herald School, Medicine Hat Public School Division, AB. Shared with permission.


Behaviour Continuum of Supports Sample - Behaviour Continuum of Supports developed by Kisipatinahk School.
Copyright 2021, L. Ouellette - Kisipatinahk School, Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission, AB. Shared with permission.
Continuum of Supports Sample - 1 page Continuum of Supports developed by Memorial Composite High School.
Copyright 2020, C. Jensen - Memorial Composite High School, Parkland School Division, AB. Shared with permission.
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Expanding Supports

Providing descriptive overviews and other resources in relation to supports can assist staff in understanding and utilizing the most highly impactful supports for students. In time, these overviews can serve as a "playbook" to provide clarity for supports, as well as clearly articulate how specific supports can be used to ensure success for students.

Resources and Templates

Intervention Description Template - Overview template to provide clarity related to key interventions in a school's Continuum of Supports and ensure staff understand how to access resources and enact the support for greatest impact for students.
Samples

Beaverlodge Tier 2 Supports Overview - Explanations for key Tier 2 supports used frequently to support students at Beaverlodge Regional High School.
Tier 2 Overview - Discovery Cards Sample - Overview description for a Tier 2 support in a sample school, showing an overview of the support, resources needed and additional notes related to the use of the support in the classroom.

PWEC Playbook - A guiding document for Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre, an alternate education school that uses the playbook to assist their conversations when determining how best to support student success.
Copyright 2020, K. Thon - Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre, Peace Wapiti School Division, AB. Shared with permission.
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Planning Interventions

Designing structures for delivering school-wide interventions requires planning and coordination. From determining focus, resources and processes for providing intervention to establishing blocks within the school timetable, the delivery of interventions can be woven into how the school ensures success for all students.

Resources and Templates

Literacy Intervention Lesson Template - Standard intervention lesson plan for literacy that can be adapted for other areas of focus. The instructional design of this lesson plan reinforces direct instruction, practice the skill through literature engagement, and practice the skill through a game.
Samples

BLAST Lesson Plan - Advanced Blends - Sample four week lesson plan from a school's literacy intervention program, with BLAST standing for "Basic Literacy Acquisition Skills Time"
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