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When establishing Collaborative Response in schools and districts, a systematic and strategic approach is necessary to ensure a re-culturing happens for educational teams. Shifting from isolated to collaborative practice is key in responding effectively to the diverse needs of all students. The following resources support an examination of school culture, strategic planning and more in relation to the introduction, development and sustainment of Collaborative Response frameworks.


Overview Resources

Collaborative Response Overview - A one-page visual overview and comparison matrix for Collaborative Response; includes a link to overview video, as well as core beliefs and distinctive features of a Collaborative Response framework

Bibliography – Anchor ResourcesList of anchor resources fundamental in the initial theoretical development of Collaborative Response

Overview of Collaborative Response - An article describing Collaborative Response as a way of organizing ourselves to think about how we support our students, engaging the power of the collective team to identify and respond to student needs in a purposeful, solution focused manner that also ensures the ongoing building of organizational capacity throughout the staff team.
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Top 10 Considerations When Introducing Collaborative Response to your School - A common question asked by leaders, excited to bring Collaborative Response to their school, is "where do I start?" This article describes some first steps to consider when introducing Collaborative Response to your school staff team!
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Planning Resources

Collaborative Response - Targets for Implementation - An overview of actions to consider when establishing, refining and sustaining Collaborative Response in a school, with links to resources and a suggested timeline for consideration in planning

Collaborative Response Action PlanAn action planning template to use for leaders or school teams to determine next steps in establishing collaborative response in schools

Reflection and Data Tools

Reflecting on Collaborative Response (School-Based) - Template - Use this organizer to reflect on the foundational components of Collaborative Response, as well as the key element of Collaborative Team Meetings, to help to determine potential next steps

Essential Cultural Shifts - AnalysisSurvey tool to use with staff teams, identifying cultural shifts that staff believe versus their current reality in the school

Essential Cultural Shifts – Change IndexA reflection tool for leaders to consider minor to major shifts for their school to move from a traditional culture to one responsive to the needs of students

Core Beliefs - Leader ImpactOrganizer to support conversations for leaders about what they do to impact core beliefs foundational to Collaborative Response

Core Beliefs - School ObservablesOrganizer to support conversations related to what the core beliefs foundational to Collaborative Response look like or do not look like in schools

Staff Engagement Organizers

Locus of ControlOrganizer to be used when engaging in a Locus of Control discussion activity. View a blog posting describing this process and how it can support the collaborative team meeting discussion.

Examining Opportunities and Challenges Template - Organizer to use with teams or individuals to examine current reality, opportunities, challenges and to surface potential considerations for addressing the identified challenges

Reflection on School-Wide Student TransitionsA perception collection tool to use with staff teams, identifying features of a proactive response identifying students in need of support

What Do We Have and Next Steps Organizer - Utilize this organizer for individuals or groups to reflect upon what the school already has in place that supports the foundational components of Collaborative Response and what could be some next steps for consideration

Timetable Overviews

Timetabling for staff collaboration, team meetings and student interventions is a necessary step for schools looking to sustain Collaborative Response efforts. There are countless examples of schools of all shapes and sizes redesigning their timetable to embed collaboration and intervention. As part of the Collaborative Response Membership, a growing collection of Timetable Overviews, including video interview footage with leaders and timetable examples, are available. Check out the list below as new overviews are added regularly.

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Morinville Community High School - Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (Alberta, Canada)
  • Grades 9-12 (528 students)
  • Developed in the 2021-2022 school year

Peace River High School - Peace River School Division (Alberta, Canada)
  • Grades 9-12 (543 students)
  • Developed in the 2021-2022 school year

Isabelle Sellon School - Livingstone Range School Division (Alberta, Canada)
  • Grades 4-6 (137 students)
  • Developed in the 2021-2022 school year

Griffiths-Scott School - Wetaskwin Public Schools (Alberta, Canada)
  • Grades K-8 (275 students)
  • Developed in the 2021-2022 school year

Innisfail High School - Chinook's Edge School Division (Alberta, Canada)
  • Grades 9-12 (340 students)
  • Developed in the 2021-2022 school year

Alexandria Middle School - Medicine Hat Public School District
  • Grades 7-9 (480 students)
  • Developed in the 2021-2022 school year


Staff Room Posters


Collaborative Response poster - A visual overview of the foundational components of Collaborative Response.


Distinctive Features poster - An overview of the distinctive features of Collaborative Response that make it different from other collaborative or student response approaches or frameworks.


Core Beliefs poster - An overview of the revised core beliefs for Collaborative Response.
Impact of Collaborative Response for Students - Poster sharing the impacts of Collaborative Response for students in schools. Partner poster for impacts for Collaborative Response for Staff and aligns with the Impact of Collaborative Response Organizer, sharing lead and lag measures for consideration when measuring the impact of Collaborative Response.
Impact of Collaborative Response for Staff - Poster sharing the impacts of Collaborative Response for staff in schools. Partner poster for impacts for Collaborative Response for Students and aligns with the Impact of Collaborative Response Organizer, sharing lead and lag measures for consideration when measuring the impact of Collaborative Response.

Focus on a Key Issue Poster - Poster visually showing the process of determining a key issue for a student, attaching other students with a similar key issue, brainstorming and referring to the Continuum of Supports, and then determining an action for each teacher in relation to the students identified. Learn more in this blog post focused on Shifting to Key Issues.

Data and Evidence Poster - Poster visually sharing the three types of assessments for consideration when establishing Data and Evidence for Collaborative Response, delineating the purpose for each type.

Divisional Collaborative Response for Schools

School divisions can utilize Collaborative Response to identify and respond to the needs of schools, focused on system priorities, to parallel the process schools use to respond to the needs of students.

The following resources can help to support divisional leaders in this work.

Divisional Collaborative Response Worksheet - Template - Planning template for establishing priority indicators and lead measures at a divisional level, tiers of supports and dates/focus areas for collaborative team meetings, focused on supporting the needs of schools across a system in relation to priority areas.
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