NR.IF20.016IE Collaborative Response Model
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Collaborative Response Model
Presented by: Kurtis Hewson
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Stonebridge Hotel 12102-100 Street, Grande Prairie, AB GET DIRECTIONS
About the Session:

Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model - Introductory Workshop - Oct. 1, 2019

It is virtually impossible for a teacher to know how to successfully provide instruction and support for all students in diverse, inclusive contemporary classrooms. Come learn about a Collaborative Response Model, a school framework that values collaborative, action focused responses, data-informed discussions, and timely intervention to ensure all students can experience success. Come learn how school administration and inclusive learning support leadership teams establish school-wide structures to ensure support for every student in our schools and across our districts. Numerous Alberta school and district examples, as well as access to a myriad of resources will be provided.

The morning half-day session is intended for staff members new to schools with Collaborative Response Models already established or individuals interested in learning more about the Collaborative Response Model.

The afternoon session will look at a Continuum of Supports for  School Teams and explore an understanding of how schools can infuse layered team structures to systematically identify and support at-risk learners at the school Look at a practical structures for schools to support teachers and provide timely and responsive supports for students.  Numerous examples will be shared from a variety of school contexts.

Going Deeper with a Collaborative Response Model - Advanced - Oct. 2, 2019

This advanced session will allow these educators a chance to dig deeper and determine further next steps for their Collaborative Response Model.  Kurtis will share numerous ideas and examples from schools and districts across the province, as well as provide extended opportunities for focused conversations with those in attendance.  


The morning will focus on practical strategies and considerations for ensuring the collaborative team meeting is a robust structure that supports the needs of students, as well as builds collective efficacy for teachers.  Numerous examples will be shared, as well as ideas to enhance the effectiveness of these collaborative conversations.  

Come ready to share your successes, challenges and learn from others to ensure the collaborative team meetings are highly effective and efficient.

The afternoon will focus on the purposeful use of assessments to guide the identification of students and help inform collectively determined next steps.  How can we ensure that assessment information is effectively organized, shared and used to truly support data-informed conversations? Several practical strategies and considerations will be shared.

About the Presenter(s):
Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson has been a teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level.  With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students.  In addition to two finalist awards from Alberta Excellence in Teaching program and an Edwin Parr award recipients for excellence in his first year of teaching, Kurtis was an honoree for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award in 2010.  Kurtis is one of five Alberta principals featured in Reflecting on Leadership for Learning: Case Studies of Five Alberta Elementary School Principals, addressing exemplary leadership practices in elementary schools in Alberta. He is the co-founder of Jigsaw Learning, a co-author of the text Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model, and currently works with districts and schools across the province establishing Collaborative Response Model frameworks, interacting with thousands of educators annually.

Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
Photography Release:
This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

Registration Fee:



Administrator/Administration, Learning Coaches/Accompagnateur pédagogique, Teachers/Enseignant

Grade Level:

K-12/Tous niveaux Maternelle à 12

Course Code:


Registration Notes:

$80 per Day or $150 for both days

These learning events includes Lunch and morning refreshments