Announcing our 2021-2022 Collaborative Response Learning Series!

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


Understanding the Layers of Collaboration in Collaborative Response

An impactful Collaborative Response relies upon layers of collaborative teams, each with a different purpose, participation and timing in relation to their purpose. It is important for schools to think critically about how they are designing and refining their highly interconnected collaborative structures, as well communicating those structures clearly within their school community.

Date:

September 29, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Collaborative Response 101: Every Child Deserves a Team!

Feeling overwhelmed with the expectations being placed on teachers, leaders and educational systems to respond to the diverse needs of our learners? Ensuring success for all students is a moral imperative for all schools, but takes a highly coordinated framework of structures and processes within a school to maximize the collective capacity of the team. Come learn about Collaborative Response, an organizational mindset that involves some fundamental shifts for schools and districts, such as layering collaborative team structures, transforming how we talk about student needs, focusing on students close to meeting expectations through thoughtful organization of data and evidence and ensuring tiering of supports rather than students. Simple shifts that emerge through a focus on Collaborative Response and the good news is that some likely already exist in your building! Numerous school and districts examples, as well as access to a large number of resources, will be provided for school leaders wishing to join hundreds of schools across Alberta and beyond using Collaborative Response to ensure high levels of success for students and staff!

Date:

September 29, 2021 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Establishing Structures for Effective Collaborative Team Meetings

When coming together to discuss and respond to the needs of students, intentional structures are important. Without them, conversations can spiral and frustration can emerge. In this session, Kurtis will unpack the structures needing to be considered when establishing Collaborative Team Meetings, a layer of team meeting critical when implementing a Collaborative Response within a school. Numerous resources, samples and access to video elements will be shared.

Date:

October 7, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45 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 in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Dates:

October 7, November 4, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Marilyn Schmitke


Collaborative Response 101: Every Child Deserves a Team!

Feeling overwhelmed with the expectations being placed on teachers, leaders and educational systems to respond to the diverse needs of our learners? Ensuring success for all students is a moral imperative for all schools, but takes a highly coordinated framework of structures and processes within a school to maximize the collective capacity of the team. Come learn about Collaborative Response, an organizational mindset that involves some fundamental shifts for schools and districts, such as layering collaborative team structures, transforming how we talk about student needs, focusing on students close to meeting expectations through thoughtful organization of data and evidence and ensuring tiering of supports rather than students. Simple shifts that emerge through a focus on Collaborative Response and the good news is that some likely already exist in your building! Numerous school and districts examples, as well as access to a large number of resources, will be provided for school leaders wishing to join hundreds of schools across Alberta and beyond using Collaborative Response to ensure high levels of success for students and staff!

Dates:

October 14, October 21, October 28, 2021 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Going Deeper with Leadership in a 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 14, November 10, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Marilyn Schmitke


Digital Learning through the Lens of Collaborative Response

How do the tenets of Collaborative Response - collaborative structures and processes, continuum of supports, and data and evidence - apply to educational technology? How do we shift the conversation from "training" staff and students on hardware and software to "learning" how to effectively and efficiently utilize technology in the educational environment? This session aims to transform thinking and approaches to digital solutions and supports.

Date:

October 14, 2021 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Jennifer Ferguson


Establishing Effective School Support Team Meetings

A highly impactful and robust Collaborative Response relies upon layers of collaboration, each with a different purpose and participation/timing in relation to that purpose. The School Support team serves an integral piece of the puzzle providing a colaborative approach to supporting the needs of individual students or small groups of students across the school.

Date:

October 20, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


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:

October 28, 2021 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Lana Nogue


Effective Facilitation Strategies to Consider When Meeting to Discuss and Respond to the Needs of Students

Have you ever walked away from a meeting focused on addressing the needs of students and thought “I’m not sure we got anywhere”? Unfortunately, this is not uncommon but can be addressed through effective facilitation. Come learn with Kurtis as he shares numerous considerations and strategies to employ when facilitating team meetings focused on students, with several ideas that could be implemented across various types of meeting structures!

Date:

November 3, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Establishing Effective Case Consult Team Meetings

Ensuring your school has a highly impactful Case Consult team is one layer of a Collaborative Response that ensures the complex and critical needs of individaul students are cared for. This team convenes in response to crisis or intense needs of individual students and requires thoughtful consideration of team members as well as an astute meeting process to guide conversations and subsequent actions.

Date:

November 17, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Establishing a School-Wide Data and Evidence Plan

Data informs! When schools have a targeted plan for the collection and utilization of data and evidence related to student success, conversations become more focused and staff can see the impact their collective practices are having for students! Kurtis will share a variety of considerations, templates and samples for school leaders in regards to establishing a school-wide data and evidence plan, focused on the key measures being used to inform priority areas.

Date:

December 1, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Establishing a Ready, Fire Aim School Culture

Building a collaborative, responsive culture is essential to consider when implementing Collaborative Response. This session will focus on building the mindset of "Ready, Fire, Aim" which provides the opportunity to engage in the process of change with courage and acceptance.

Date:

December 15, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Effective Organization of Data for Analysis and Response

Simply collecting data within a school is not enough. How it is organized matters! When organizing data with intentionality, we can ensure aligned team analysis and responses are focused, with ongoing evidence of the impact we are having for students. In this session, Kurtis will examine 5 key considerations when organizing school-wide data that will ensure what we measure is strategically informing our next steps forward.

Date:

January 5, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


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:

Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 6 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Jennifer Ferguson


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:

Jan 17, Feb 7, March 14, April 4 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Kathleen Robertson and Barb Pears


Understanding the Impact of Distributive Coaching

Through the effective implementation of Collaborative Response, schools build the foundations for distributed coaching. Through an intentional collaborative process all teachers and leaders on the team serve as experts and learners. This builds a school culture that is flexible and responsive to the needs of students.

Date:

January 19, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Collaborative Response Community of Practice - High Schools

In this community of practice, school leaders establishing and refining Collaborative Response frameworks in high schools 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 leading high 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 structures and frameworks in a variety of school contexts, that honour staff and student diversity.

Dates:

Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 13 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Jennifer Ferguson


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:

Jan 20, Feb 10, March 17, April 7 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Facilitated by Kathleen Robertson


Co-Creating Continuums of Support

Individually, every teacher has an instructional toolbox that helps inform their response when a student struggles. However, when we collectively bring those toolboxes together, the result can be extraordinary! A continuum of supports is the bringing together of instructional toolboxes that not only extends the collection of strategies, accommodations and interventions we could be considering, but reinforces the critical notion that we are all experts and we are all learners. Join Kurtis to explore a simple process for co-creating this continuum which empowers teachers, reinforcing that in any school, there is an immense wealth of instructional know-how that we must be able to access for every child.

Date:

February 2, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Ensuring Effective Utilization of your Continuums of Support

The Continuum of Supports is not merely a pretty poster or document in a Google drive but is a living, growing support to ensure a plethora of effective accommodations, strategies and interventions are available at a team's fingertips. In this session, we will explore the utilization of a 'Continuum of Supports' through a 'placemat approach' and discuss how we can use it as an integral part of your Collaborative Response.

Date:

February 16, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Refining Continuums for Supports

The creation of a Continuum of Supports is not where the work ends! It requires consistent refinement as a school team, to ensure deep understanding related to each strategy, accommodation and intervention, as well as the removal of assessments, plans and approaches deemed less impactful than others. Kurtis will share several considerations to ensure that a Continuum of Supports is have significant impact on your conversations about instructional practice and support for all students.

Date:

March 2, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Refining Effective Tier 1 Practises

When a school or district spends time refining Tier 1 of their Continuum of Supports, they establish non-negotiables across the organization upon which to hang conversations about classroom practice. This session will share examples of how schools and systems have refined Tier 1 and the impact it can have on pedagogy across classrooms and even across schools.

Date:

March 16, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Establishing a Behavioural Continuum of Supports

When establishing a Behavioural Continuum of Supports to provide strategies, accommodations and interventions to support the needs of all students, it is important not to focus on the behaviour but rather what is “under the surface”. What is the behaviour trying to communicate and how do we instead respond to the root causes? In this session, Barb and Kurtis will walk you through a process and considerations when engaging in this meaningful work in your own school.

Date:

March 30, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitators: Kurtis Hewson and Barb Pears


Reinforcing Collaborative Cultures Through Team Norms

Team norms provide the foundation for how teams agree to work together. This session will share a defined process for developing team norms which honors each individual's beliefs while recognizing and naming the commonalities between all team members. After norms have been established, with intentionality they become an integral part of growing a collaborative culture.

Date:

April 13, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Ensuring Alignment for School and Team Priorities Through Collaborative Response

When a Collaborative Response mindset is truly embedded within a school, it becomes the how for accomplishing the why in a school’s school improvement plan. In this session, Kurtis will share how to effectively establish meaningful school goals and priorities, in relation to system priorities and school-based data, and then how to utilize the foundational components of Collaborative Response to actualize the success you wish to achieve as part of your school improvement plan. Numerous samples and resources will be shared.

Date:

April 27, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Establishing Effective School Wide Intervention and Support

Collaborative Response provides a foundation for establishing and sustaining a system of school wide intervention and support. During this session, we will explore a variety of examples of school wide interventions and the components that need to be considered when engaging in this approach. Collaborative Team Meetings and Collaborative Planning become integral structures to ensure the functioning of this intensive approach.

Date:

May 11, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Establishing Structures for Impactful Collaborative Planning

In Collaborative Response, Collaborative Planning and the critical Collaborative Team Meeting operate in unison to ensure a classroom-based response for students, while then being able to work together to bring about that response through universal practices. Providing the time for collaboration is not enough! Leaders need to be establishing intentional structures and processes to support the Collaborative Planning for teachers. Resources, tools and examples will be shared.

Date:

May 25, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


Using Data to Inform Collaborative Planning Priorities

Collaborative Planning is an essential team layer of Collaborative Response in which teachers develop and enhance the art and skill of teaching.

Date:

June 8, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Lorna Hewson


Change Principles and Leadership of Collaborative Response

More than ever, school leaders need to be well-versed in change principles when looking to implement school-wide initiatives that have significant impact on the culture of a school, like Collaborative Response. As the school year draws to a close, Kurtis will take the time to provide some considerations, reminders and accolades for leaders as they pause to recharge and then contemplate entering the upcoming school year.

Date:

June 22, 2022 - 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Facilitator: Kurtis Hewson


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