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Collaborative Response Model Community of Practice for Administrators

Facilitator(s): Kurtis Hewson
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 26, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Dec 19, 2017 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Day 3Feb 28, 2018 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Day 4Apr 19, 2018 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
(includes lunch on Day 1 and refreshments for succeeding days)
This event has multiple locations.
Day 1Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Day 2Sherwood Park (Madonna Catholic School)
15 Main Boulevard
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Day 3Edmonton (Daly Grove Elementary School)
1888 37 Street NW
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Day 4Edmonton (Winterburn School)
9527 Winterburn Rd NW
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Course code: 18-CP-076

Target Audience

Principals and Vice/Assistant Principals of K-12 establishing or sustaining Collaborative Response Model frameworks

About this learning opportunity

Administrators new to the Collaborative Response Model are strongly encouraged to register for the September 21 session - Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model to ensure a foundational understanding of CRM prior to engaging in the community of practice.  Participants may also find it helpful to have a copy of the text Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model (information and order form).

Principals will engage in a blended professional learning community of practice that includes school visits to view Collaborative Response Models in action, professional dialogue, networking, and reflection.  In addition to on-site visits to learn and network, an online community will be established, to share learning and action happening in their school and the opportunity to connect with administrative colleagues.

The goals of this community of practice are to:

  • Deepen an understanding of the Collaborative Response Model as it relates to leading staff teams and establishing structures and processes to respond to the needs of students.
  • Network with administrators and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity.
  • Connect to research and literature related to inclusive practices, distributed leadership, professional learning communities, response to intervention, change theory and school culture
  • Collectively develop and share resources to support Collaborative Response Models in a variety of school contexts, that honours staff and student diversity.


  • The series will begin with a full day session on October 2017 to define the goals of the community of practice and co-develop the focus areas to be explored during the course of the year , followed up with three half-day visits to three Edmonton area schools.
  • At each school, you will engage in dialogue/Q&A with the host principal, sharing successes and challenges experienced as they have established the Collaborative Response Model in their school context; share artifacts, discuss/reflect on implications for your work as a leader, and develop commitments for action back in your own schools.
  • Between half-day school visits, online meeting opportunities will be established where other administrators will be invited to share their school stories, as well as provide a space for ongoing discussion.
  • An online webspace will be developed for administrators to post artifacts, engage in dialogue, share resources and continue to deepen their learning and professional networks.

About the facilitator(s)

Kurtis Hewson is Lead Learner and Founder of Jigsaw Learning and has been a teacher, vice-principal, and principal. He has also taught at the postsecondary level with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta, primarily instructing and supervising pre-service teachers.

Kurtis received his BA/BEd degrees from the University of Lethbridge and a MEd degree from the University of Calgary with a specialization in Instructional Leadership. In addition to two finalist awards from Alberta Excellence in Teaching program (as a teacher and an administrator) and one of five Alberta Edwin Parr award recipients for excellence in his first year of teaching, Kurtis was one of three honourees 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.  Kurtis has also previously engaged in doctoral studies with the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta, focusing on the role of teacher community in relation to teacher professional praxis.

Kurtis is a co-author of the book Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model and in 2016 began working with Jigsaw Learning full-time, primarily focused on supporting districts and schools in the establishment and refinement of robust Collaborative Response Model frameworks. Through his work with Jigsaw Learning, Kurtis interacts with thousands of educators annually.

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