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Collaborative Response Model Community of Practice for School Leadership Teams

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Facilitator(s): Kurtis Hewson
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 16, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Jan 16, 2018 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 3Apr 10, 2018 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 4Jun 05, 2018 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
(includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day)
Location: Edmonton (Best Western Plus Westwood Inn)
18035 Stony Plain Rd. NW
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Course code: 18-CP-077

Target Audience

School Teams (2-5 people) of K-12 schools establishing or sustaining Collaborative Response Model frameworks

About this learning opportunity

School teams new to the Collaborative Response Model are strongly encouraged to register for the September 21 session - Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model (or equivalent introductory session) 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).

School teams will engage in a differentiated community of practice that honours and involves schools at various points in their journey of establishing a Collaborative Response Model framework in their schools.  Formal sessions will be half day, with the morning typically devoted to new schools and the afternoons devoted to advanced schools, with guest presenters as well as breakout conversations infused in both mornings and afternoons.  The other half of the day may be used for team planning and informal networking (space will be provided at the venue) - new schools will typically have planning time in the afternoon, established schools in the morning. Facilitators will be available to all groups during team planning.  Lunch is intended to be an opportunity for schools to continue to network (with lunch presentations shared).  Detailed agendas and resources will be provided for each session for all registered participants.  Beginning schools involved in the Community of Practice will be established with a “mentor” school in relation to the CRM work.

The community of practice content and focus for each session will be responsive to the articulated needs of the participating school teams.

The goals of this community of practice are to:

  • Deepen an understanding of the Collaborative Response Model as it relates to leading schools and establishing structures and processes to respond to the needs of students.
  • Network with a variety of schools and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity.
  • Connect to literature related to the Collaborative Response Model to initiate further discussion and exploration
  • Collectively develop and share resources to support Collaborative Response Models in a variety of school contexts, that honours staff and student diversity.

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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