Marilyn Schmitke

Learning Associate

Marilyn Schmitke is a strong proponent of the Collaborative Response Model in the Edmonton Public Schools for nearly a decade. Marilyn has extensive experience in implementing and growing CRM practices in a number of schools. She provides support to leaders in the development of their skills in strategic planning, instructional leadership, designing collaborative practices and effectively navigating change and growth for staff teams.

  • Mentoring leaders through the implementation of the Collaborative Response Model in several schools at the elementary and junior high levels.
  • Designing plans and structures to create momentum and ensure sustainability for school success.
  • Creating leadership communities of practice focused on implementing best practices for school-wide improvement.


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Testimonials for Marilyn

When coming to Winterburn, it quickly became apparent that Marilyn has a core belief in the power and potential of people to affect change when they work together. She presented staff with the opportunity to look at school supports through a lens of student-centred conversations and a targeted approach to interventions - the Collaborative Response Model. Through a strategically crafted plan, creative scheduling and outstanding instructional leadership, Marilyn ensured the implementation of CRM was successful and sustainable. By her careful design, this strong collaborative environment has resulted in a profound shift in school culture to where teacher collective efficacy drives our work with students. Because of Marilyn's leadership, vision and commitment to supporting all students, we continue to use CRM as our framework to create structured supports to respond effectively to student's unique needs.

Elizabeth Ward
Assistant Principal - Winterburn School