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Collaborative Response
Three Foundational Components That Transform How We Respond to the Needs of Learners

Foreword by Andrew Hargreaves



March 2022 | 256 pages | Corwin

A school-wide model for addressing individual needs

The greatest goal of education is to ensure equity while enhancing learning and academic success for all students. And yet, it is impossible for one teacher to meet the extensive needs of all students in his or her classroom. The traditional schooling model cannot provide for this complexity and leaves educators perplexed. The solution is a collaborative approach where “every child deserves a team” to surround them with supports that recognize their strengths and challenges.

Collaborative Response offers a school-wide model for addressing students’ individual needs. The three fundamental components of the model are: collaborative structures and processes; data and evidence; and continuum of supports. In this book, readers will find:

  • Entry points for beginning this work
  • Potential pitfalls of the approach
  • Case studies from schools that have adopted the model
  • Access to a website with tools, templates, case studies, and more

With a focus on quality classroom instruction, this book shares examples from schools and districts that have transformed how they respond to the needs of all learners.

 
Foreword by Andrew Hargreaves
 
Table of Contents
 
Companion Website Contents
 
Introduction - A Call to Action
 
Chapter 1 - Examining a Culture of Response
 
Chapter 2 - Envisioning Collaborative Response
 
Chapter 3 - Collaborative Structures
 
Chapter 4 - Collaborative Processes
 
Chapter 5 - Collaborative Team Meetings
 
Chapter 6 - Data and Evidence
 
Chapter 7 - Continuum of Supports
 
Chapter 8 - Putting the Pieces Together
 
References and Resources

Collaborative Response has been instrumental in changing the lives of both staff and students. It has provided an explicit and collective framework to have conversations that lead to improved student learning outcomes and ensured that the individual learning needs of all students are recognised as every person's responsibility. 

Janeen Silcock
Ballina Coast High School Ballina, New South Wales, Australia

Through understanding the role of assessment, collaboration, and a defined continuum of supports, Kurtis and Lorna 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
Calgary Board of Education

Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as a school 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... More About Author

Lorna Hewson

Lorna Hewson is a passionate educator who is co-founder and Lead Learner of Jigsaw Learning, a Canadian consulting company that provides support for educators. She is an engaging presenter, facilitator, coach and mentor and has served to support classrooms, schools and districts nationally and internationally. An Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award winner, Lorna has served diverse roles in schools and districts and has a wealth of experience in essentially every area of development in supporting the needs of districts, schools, staff and students. She has served in district leadership roles in curriculum, learning and inclusive services... More About Author

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