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.
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
Order a copy of the book Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model. The introductory chapter, as well as a study guide, are also available.
The WeCollab system is a comprehensive digital resource available to assist schools and districts in implementing the Collaborative Response Model and collaborative team planning.
For the first time in my professional career, I have weekly embedded time to collaborate with colleagues on students who need support. The ongoing dialogue has allowed for deep discussions about our students and the practices we use to deal with their challenges. It is enlightening to know that my colleagues are experiencing the same struggles and are willing to share their struggles and stories. Through these discussions, a culture of compassion has developed. We understand our students better. We understand our colleagues better. We understand our own teaching better. The trust required for this dialogue did take time to develop. It's easy to build a wall around egos and not admit when we don't have the answers for all our students. Being vulnerable and open during our meetings can only be reached if it is the norm for the process. Once sharing happens and students are discussed openly, the walls naturally start to crumble allowing for real talk about students. It is in these moments we can develop real ... Read more
Our school is very lucky to have Lorna Hewson 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 ... Read more
By embracing and engaging in the Collaborative Model, we are continually increasing our ability to plan for and teach students in an individualized manner. In my administrative career, this model has easily been the most impactful structure that my schools have implemented.