Schedule and Registration

  • Morning
    9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
    Welcome and Keynote - Crisis, Cutbacks, and Collaborative Response: Pivoting in Times of Need
    During the current shifting landscape in education, the structures and processes foundational to Collaborative Response are not only valuable, but rather essential! Our tendency in times of crisis and cutbacks is to abandon the structures and processes we’ve developed and to shelter in place. We need to work directly against that tendency to intentionally amplify and intensify the structures and processes that provide a sense of regularity and security! In this opening session for the Collaborative Response Symposium, Kurtis and Lorna will share thoughts regarding the critical need for Collaborative Response frameworks for systems and describe practical ways schools and districts can leverage a Collaborative Response approach to respond when the future is uncertain.
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    A1. Ramping Up Structures and Processes
    What does it look like to ramp up collaborative structures and processes during a pandemic? Join Kathleen and Lana as they share their experiences in supporting a number of partners in establishing increased levels of collaboration, collective response and the importance of doing so.
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    A2. Responsive Behaviour Continuum of Supports
    How can you use a continuum of supports to ensure students with behaviour challenges have their needs met? Barb will take you through an activity to help organize and prioritize your existing school strategies. In articulating and refining the supports currently used in the school, you will be prepared for students when they reenter.
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    A3. Setting Up High School Teams
    What does Collaborative Response look like in high school, with multiple teachers connected to students across curricular courses and extracurricular activities? Learn how Innisfail High School has set up their teams to ensure purposeful collaborative structures and processes to support students.
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    A4. Leveraging Resources and Enhancing Structures: Using Collaborative Response in a K-12 School
    The rural K-12 context is unique and requires optimizing the limited resources available. Learn how our school leveraged the professional capacity of staff to enhance support for all students. This session will focus on the layers of Collaborative Response meetings and embedded structures that ensure Collaborative Response is the cornerstone of our work in a K-12 building.
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    A5. Maintaining Individual Motivation for Impactful Collaboration
    Enthusiasm and motivation in an online environment is sometimes hard when you are not getting direct synchronous feedback from your students. Feeling exhausted by the end of the day? It’s hard to feel part of a team when struggling with individual motivation! Join Cheryl and Kim as they have a discussion about ideas and strategies which can help you feel connected and keep your motivation and energy up until the end of the year.
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    A6. Animer une rencontre d’équipe collaborative
    Vous aimeriez avoir de l'appui et quelques stratégies pour animer efficacement vos rencontres collaboratives ? Cette session vous offrira des moyens de gérer efficacement vos rencontres en restant axé sur les besoins des élèves et les actions concrètes à entreprendre pour les appuyer. L’accent sera mis sur les moyens et les outils pour assurer un accompagnement pédagogique et bâtir la capacité collective de votre équipe.
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    A7. Introduction to WeCollab
    Register for this session here.
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    B1. Layering Team Meetings to Meet the Needs of All Learners
    For the past couple of years as we’ve been working with schools and districts, clarity has been emerging in regards to the importance of scaffolding team structures. The intentional design of layers of team meetings that are designated specific levels of support will provide the assurance that no child will slip through the cracks. This session will focus on the multi-layers of school structures that ensure every student, regardless of their needs, has a structure in place that provides an opportunity for collaborative problem solving.
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    B2. Establishing Trauma Supports for the Classroom
    We recognize the need to develop our understanding around trauma and resiliency so as adults we can support children in our classrooms. Without an understanding of the impact of trauma on learning and development, it can be difficult to ensure effective interventions for many of our learners. Join Aaron as he shares innovative strategies that can be used in the classroom to support the needs of your students and inform the development of Trauma-based toolboxes for collaborative teams.
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    B3. You've Got Numeracy Data - Now What?
    You have data! So now how do you use it to inform mathematics instruction and improve student engagement and achievement? In this session, Kathy will share a collaborative process for teachers and administrators to triangulate current numeracy data and evidence to identify specific strengths and areas of need. From this information, teachers collaboratively identify strategies to target these areas. Through the process, both teachers and administrators complete a commitment to action, identifying what the teachers will do and how administrators can provide support. Time will be provided for discussion to share what schools are already doing to use data to move learning forward, with numerous samples and templates shared.
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    B4. Reimagining Mission, Vision and Team Dynamics
    Foundational statements have always been important in that they ground our teams and remind us of our core purpose and function as a school, team, department or system. It is crucial that teams collectively understand their purpose and direction. Through the creation and/or review of our foundational statements team dynamics become evident. This helps leaders to identify team values and create commitments that will help them intentionally focus on their team to build collective efficacy. This session will focus on a process to review foundational statements and the need to attend to this task, especially in our new reality. We will also discuss how we could use this process to support staff as they return to a different reality in September 2021.
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    B5. Collaborative Response at Corpus Christi Elementary/Junior High: Building Collective Efficacy and Leveraging School Teams to Tackle Common Classroom Challenges
    Collective efficacy is the key to student success and the Collaborative Response Model provides a structure that addresses not only the academic needs of our students, but equally as important the social, emotional challenges that impact teaching and learning. Join the Learning Team of Corpus Christi Elementary/Junior High as they share the ups and downs, and the power of the Collaborative Response Model. Our team will share practical Tier 2 strategies, assessment successes (including data to back it up) as well as some learnings along the way.
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    B6. Table ronde: Débuter une approche collaborative au sein de votre école
    Ce moment de discussion permettra aux participants de partager les démarches entreprises afin de mettre en place une approche collaborative au sein de leur école. Des directions ayant établit une structure et un processus collaboratif dans leur école seront présentent afin de partager leurs succès et les défis rencontrés.
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    B7. Introduction to the WeCollab Student Support Plan
    Developed by educators for educators, WeCollab is a digital system designed to align with the philosophical principles of Collaborative Response. The Student Support Plan module is an intuitive add-on that aligns with user familiarity of the WeCollab system and ensures ongoing communication about goals for students, as well as the actions and supports in place to achieve those goals. Join Jennifer to learn about customizing templates, collaborating around student goal creation, recording ongoing action to support the achievement of those goals, linking supports during Collaborative Team Meetings to ensure continuous student progress, and more!
  • Afternoon
    1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    C1. Facilitation for Collaborative Team Meetings
    Collaborative team meetings, focusing on the emerging needs of students, are at the heart of a school’s Collaborative Response. But how do we ensure that these team meetings are purposeful, efficient and truly moving towards collective action for students in a way that shares and extends the classroom toolbox of everyone in attendance? In this session, Kurtis will break down best practices when engaging in collaborative team meetings, as well as share multiple school samples and artifacts.
    1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    C2. Focused on Student Connectedness
    In this session, the Fort Vermilion School District leadership team will describe how they have embarked on a collaborative process to provide systematic and responsive support for their entire division around connectedness. This approach focuses on district priorities of connectivity and supporting all staff to enhance their skills in those priorities which in turn builds capacity with staff and results in a greater degree of success for students. The systematic and responsive processes and structures at the district level provides an excellent platform for monitoring, communicating and deploying the supports provided by districts to schools in achieving their strategic plans and improving student learning. “When 'I' turns into 'we', 'illness' turns into 'wellness'.” Malcolm X
    1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    C3. Literacy Assessment - How to Gather Literacy Data
    You’re wanting to keep up on your students’ progress, but how do you report on it when you’re in a remote learning environment? Even when you do get this year wrapped up, how do you assess early in the fall to get targeted supports in place quickly? Join Cheryl and Kim for strategies, resources, and tools to help you navigate these uncharted waters. There will also be time for discussion and questions towards the end of the session.
    1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    C4. Inclusive Leadership - Planning and Supporting Diverse Students
    Providing effective learning opportunities for diverse learners requires multiple levels of supports across the school and district. Join Lana to explore a variety of structures and processes that lead to the effective support of diverse learners. Collaboration, communication and creative, flexible programs are essential components of an effective program.
    1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    C5. Sharing Session: How to Support Adults Who Need to Support Kids
    How can we expect to ensure responsive supports for students if we haven’t attended to the needs of our staff teams? Engage in a conversation on how to support the adults in your school in order to support the children who need them. Barb and Aaron will facilitate a sharing session to provide a number of strategies and supports that will assist you and your staff in meeting the needs of your students. Come ready to share your thoughts and best practices from your organization.
    1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    C6. Étayage de rencontre
    En travaillant avec les équipes-écoles depuis les dernières années, nous avons constaté l’importance d’établir différents types de rencontres afin de répondre à la diversité des besoins. L’intention de cet étayage de rencontres d’équipe est de répondre aux besoins des élèves à tous les niveaux du continuum de soutien et ainsi s’assurer qu’aucun de vos élèves ne “ tombent dans les craques”. Cette session portera sur cette structure de rencontres à niveaux multiples permettant de répondre à différents défis dans une culture de collaboration et de résolution de problème.
    1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    C7. Introduction to the Collaborative Response Module in Dossier
    Developed in partnership with Intellimedia to support Collaborative Response in a system built around student information, the Collaborative Response Module in Dossier allows for the visual organization of students and supports. Actions and supports identified during the discussion of student needs during collaborative team meetings are recorded. Student-based conversations are supported with the information available in the student profile. Join Jennifer to learn about developing visual team boards, conducting team meetings, assigning and completing actions, recording student supports, and more!
    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    D1. Collaborative Response as a Catalyst for System Reform
    The power of Collaborative Response as a means to improve outcomes for students is understood. This session will focus on the impact of system level application of the principles of Collaborative Response on teacher efficacy, organizational structures and culture, and the identification and fostering of leadership potential.
    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    D2. Developing a Continuum of Supports - Understanding the Process
    A Continuum of Supports, formerly referred to as a Pyramid of Interventions, ensures that each school's instructional capacity is clearly articulated and systematically organized to inform the responses determined for students. In this session, Kurtis will reinforce that the development of a Continuum of Supports is a fluid, ever-evolving process and provide practical strategies for initiating this work in schools. In addition to providing multiple samples, Kurtis will also share ideas for utilizing the Continuum of Supports as a tool to engage the ongoing discussion and collective examination of effective instructional practices, specifically in Collaborative Team Meetings.
    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    D3. Intentional Use of Data to Guide and Inform Collaborative Conversations
    It is not unusual for schools to be data-rich, but information-poor, collecting reams of student data but not ensuring the effective utilization of the information to guide next steps. In this session, Marilyn and Cheryl will explore a number of practical strategies and considerations for school leaders looking to ensure intentional organization and use of data to truly engage teachers and help guide timely, collaborative responses for students.
    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    D4. Responsive Classroom Environments - Re-establishing Whole School and Classroom Expectations and Structures
    As we look towards the re-establishment of classroom and school communities with an awareness of student and staff mental health, this session will provide a description of essential elements to purposefully plan for and implement. These elements are essential in building a collaborative environment to support success for all.
    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    D5. Sharing Session: Considerations for a Return to Collaboration
    As we return to traditional school settings, what have we learned about collaboration that will change our practices long term? For many schools and districts, our recent experiences have caused a disruption for our regular and ongoing practices around collaboration. Join this session to learn how some schools and districts have modified their collaborative practices during the “stay at home order” and how these adjustments will influence their ongoing practices.
    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    D6. Implanter une approche collaborative au sein d’une équipe de services aux élèves (Conseil scolaire)
    Cette session vous permettra de comprendre comment un conseil scolaire a mis en place l'approche collaborative au sein de l'équipe des services aux élèves afin de mieux appuyer les équipes-écoles et ainsi répondre à la diversité des besoins des élèves. Meyranie vous expliquera les démarches entreprises ainsi que les défis rencontrés pour assurer l'efficacité de leur équipe.
    2:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    D7. Leveraging WeCollab for District Support of Schools
    Developed by educators for educators, WeCollab is a digital system designed to align with the philosophical principles of Collaborative Response. While most often leveraged at the school level to visualize and record commitments made during collaborative team meetings to address the needs of learners, the coordinated collaborative response of district staff and service providers can also be recorded, providing current and historical information demonstrating the various ways the needs of all students have been and are being addressed. At the district level, a parallel process for supporting schools can be recorded within the system to clearly articulate how the learning needs within the context of the school are being addressed. Join Jennifer to learn about developing visual team boards, conducting team meetings, assigning and completing actions, recording supports and results, and more!
    3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Planning for Uncertain Times
    Strategically planning and aligning the implementation of intentional structures and processes is an integral component of a successful district Collaborative Response framework. Join our panel of outstanding district leaders for a discussion focused on their experiences in establishing collaborative structures and processes across a system. They will share their lived challenges, successes and learnings as they coordinated, coached and strategically led their teams to implementing a District Collaborative Response. More importantly, the panel will share their thoughts in relation to introducing, sustaining and enhancing these structures when the future is filled with uncertainty.