Collaborative Response

It is virtually impossible for a teacher to know how to successfully provide instruction and support for all students in diverse, inclusive contemporary classrooms. Collaborative Response is a comprehensive school framework focused on three essential components.

Read a blog posting focusing on Fundamental Shifts for Collaborative Response

Each component is essential when considering how schools coherently respond to the learning needs of students. A Collaborative Response approach provides a clear foundation for ensuring a sustainable network of support is in place for students. Each school needs to consider its unique culture, cohort of students, community and staff to design the desired result.

Through the establishment of Collaborative Response, schools and districts can ensure that structures and processes are in place to support inclusive learning environments while informed by research and practices related to:

  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Response to Intervention
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Excellent Instructional Environments

Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model Book

Order a copy of the book Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model. The introductory chapter, as well as a study guide, are also available.

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The WeCollab system is a comprehensive digital resource available to assist schools and districts in implementing the Collaborative Response Model and collaborative team planning.

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CRM Module in Dossier

Through a partnership with Intellimedia, a Collaborative Response Model module is now available as part of the education management system Dossier.

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Our school is very lucky to have Lorna coach us in our journey in building a Collaborative Response Model. Our entire staff met with Lorna at the beginning of the year and then our small CRM committee has met with her twice outside the school at the school division office. All of these meetings have served our school well and have been very useful, but nothing has been more productive then the coaching sessions we receive from Lorna when she comes to our school and meets with teachers and admin either one on one or in a small group. This is when the Collaborative Response Model becomes very personal and gains momentum in our school. Lorna is very skilled in meeting our staff right where they are at, and then knowing what our next steps should be. Her coaching sessions keeps our forward momentum rolling, keeps us focused on the key understandings, and holds us accountable to our plans we put in place. I have found her coaching sessions to be the most productive sessions I have experienced due to her experti... Read more

Michelle Nevil
Principal - St. Patrick Elementary School

We had Kurtis come to our school for a PD Day and inspire our staff with the Collaborative Response Model. We have already embedded time for common meeting time within our week, but I think our meetings didn't really have any structure. After this PD day, we are excited to have a method that was clearly explained and that we can use going forward so that we are doing our best for ALL of our students.

Mike Fleck
Vice Principal - Holy Family Academy