Marilyn Schmitke is a strong proponent of Collaborative Response in the Edmonton Public Schools for nearly a decade. Marilyn has extensive experience in implementing and growing Collaborative Response 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 Collaborative Response 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.
Testimonials for Marilyn
When coming to Winterburn, it quickly became apparent that Marilyn Schmitke 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.
Marilyn Schmitke from Jigsaw Learning facilitated a professional learning opportunity for my teaching staff in August 2019. She prefaced the meeting with multiple conversations with myself to identify staff and school needs and draft a framework for the activities for the day. Marilyn was instrumental in providing me support, who, as a brand new administrator, was uncertain of how to move forward and apprehensive about how to address the sense of team as a new leader. Marilyn was a wealth of knowledge, providing multiple suggestions as to approaches that could be considered as first steps. Marilyn spoke with confidence and supported me through the process. Marilyn facilitated team building activities and then norm-setting with the teaching staff so that I was able to be a participant and work alongside my staff. Marilyn remained positive at all times while being realistic and addressing concerns of the staff through the process. It was an excellent day and set the foundation for an excellent start to... Read more