The purpose of Collaborative Response is to reflect on practices to support both school staff and students to do better in their daily work. The fundamental pillars are not entirely new in education. The innovative part has primarily to do with the working process the main pillars of Collaborative Structures and Processes, Data and Evidence and Continuum of Supports generate. Collaborative Response is based on a structure that enables professional learning communities in schools to develop for the benefit of student learning and well-being. That is because the approach includes a respect for the knowledge, idiosyncrasies and experience of staff and students, i.e. all these are resources that can be used for the benefits of growth of all involved.

Ingileif Ástvaldsdóttir
Adjunct Lecturer - University of Iceland, Department of Education - Reykjavík, Iceland

Collaborative Response provides a well-researched, flexible framework from which to address and support individual student learning needs. Administrators and teachers will appreciate the structures and processes which can be easily integrated into their practice. With clear guidelines for everything from organizing student data, to planning efficient team meetings, this book is a fantastic resource for improving student learning.

David Dyck
Education Director - Calgary Board of Education

At Oski Pasikoniwew Kamik School, our structure for student support involves a wonderful collaboration from a large group that consists of Administrators, Teachers, Educational Assistants, Student Services Team, and Cree & Language Team with the help of Jigsaw Learning, their team, and our contracted Service Providers. Each part is integral in order to help us respond to all of our students’ needs.

With a team that is so complex, Collaborative Response helps keep us focused on the priorities of our students and enables us as a collective to find solutions to create student success. This collective efficacy empowers all staff to fulfill their desired outcomes for the students as it helps us keep organized with a focus of providing supportive actions to best support students in our team meetings.

The Collaborative Response approach also tailors to the needs of our organization, with Cree Language and Culture as the foundation of our school. This way of thinking allows us to build the continuum... Read more

Lisa Thunder
Principal - Oski Pasiknowew Kamik School - Bigstone Education Authority

Collaborative Response will be PRSD’s vehicle for change! Coming together as a staff to analyze where students have learning gaps and then targeting supports makes all the difference in the world for a child. We all need to be on the same team when it comes to student success and we are seeing huge benefits from Collaborative Response as it sets the table for increased student achievement at every grade level and subject area within Peace River School Division!

Adam Murray
Superintendent - Peace River School Division

Collaborative Response sets out a pragmatic approach to collectively meeting the increasing complexity and demands within a classroom and a school community. Kurtis and Lorna Hewson provide multiple entry points for schools, leadership teams, and senior leaders to plan, act, and empower professionals in developing skills, structures, and processes to get to the heart of the issue and move learning forward for students.

Through understanding the role of assessment, collaboration, and a defined continuum of supports, Kurtis and Lorna Hewson lay out multiple entry points for schools, leadership teams, and senior leaders that will ultimately impact all students in achievement, inclusion and well-being.

Joanne Pitman
Superintendent, School Improvement - Calgary Board of Education