We had Kurtis Hewson 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.
Kurtis and Lorna’s leadership in the use of the Collaborative Response Model as well as their extensive knowledge and application of research in education is extremely beneficial in moving student learning along. They provided facilitation and coaching with various levels of leadership within the school division. When working with our group of Learning Coaches, Kurtis and Lorna provided research behind response to intervention as well as practical application for the use of the Collaborative Response Model. Their approach to learning and leading is collaborative and responsive to the needs of the groups with which they work. They also worked closely with school leadership teams to provide coaching as well as formative feedback for each specific team. The school teams were impressed by their ability to individualize each school’s situation, needs and challenges. Kurtis and Lorna also facilitated the research process for our division’s work to support teachers with a coaching model. They assisted us wi... Read more
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
I have worked with Barb Pears for the past five years in her role as a behaviour consultant for Wolf Creek Public Schools. Barb has repeatedly proven herself as an invaluable source of wisdom and knowledge when working through the needs and challenges of our most complex students. She knows that a cookie cutter approach won’t meet the needs of our diverse students and comes prepared to engage in a team approach in moving forward. Barb brings a fresh view, and can offer insights that can help solve problems. Barb is a very effective problem solver when working on the function of the child’s behaviour and generates solutions that are reasonable and manageable to implement. She has skill at seeing the big picture but is insightful at determining the small parts that can help to move a child forward. Barb has excellent communication skills and a personality that allows teachers to feel safe, valued and respected in the process. She does well at listening first and speaking second. Her primary goal is to he... Read more
Inclusion Coach - Iron Ridge Elementary School, Wolf Creek Public Schools
We have been working with the Jigsaw Learning team for 3 years now, and are impressed with their ongoing teacher support and instructional coaching for teacher collaboration. They are very respectful and interested in Îyîniw Mâmtohnehicikan (Cree thinking) and Nehiyaw Pimatisiwin (Cree Ways of being). They work collaboratively with our teachers to offer support, coach and share ideas, plus they review the progress made in each school. Students really look forward to the CRM Focus time, as they have great success in these blocks.Their significant success was apparent in the first year that our school implemented the Collaborative Response Model. We started with 80% of our students needing urgent intervention and 0% of our students at/above benchmark. By the end of the first year, our urgent intervention numbers dropped to 43% and our at/above benchmark numbers increased by 12%.
Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction – Learning Services Branch - Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission