2021 Retreat

Join educators from across the province and beyond to learn more about how schools and districts are developing inclusive frameworks of collaborative response, as well as connect with other dedicated educational leaders engaging in this transformational model of structures, processes and beliefs.

This year’s event will take a considerable shift, adopting a “retreat” approach focused on each and every school and district team in attendance walking away with a solidified plan for engaging in next steps for their organization. The learning format will focus on a “what does your organization need?” mindset, through the empowerment of collaborative networks and innovative program design.


What is Collaborative Response?

Collaborative Response is a systematic framework that values and accelerates purposeful collaboration, action-focused responses, data-informed discussions, and timely support  to ensure all students can experience success. Educators are empowered through collaborative processes that enhance professional capacity, build collective efficacy and honour the collective wisdom of those working with students.

Why a Retreat?

We recognize the increasing fiscal pressures and responsibilities being experienced in education organizations, as well as the demands placed upon school and district leaders.  As a result, our conference will shift to a two-day “retreat” for school teams, with the theme “Building Community Through Collaborative Response”.  This shift includes:

  • The main retreat is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, to reduce the number of school days impacted for those attending.
  • The venue has shifted to Lacombe, AB to reduce costs and promote a retreat feel connected to the promotion of community for our growing network of educational leaders.
  • The aim of the retreat will be to walk away with an actionable implementation plan for the 2020-2021 school for your school or district, regardless of whether you are just starting on your Collaborative Response Journey or looking for support to refine your structures and processes.  
  • Dedicated time will be built into the schedule to support team planning, with the option of engaging with a Jigsaw Learning team member or other teams in attendance when developing your plan.
  • The learning design of the conference will be determined by a needs assessment of registered participants in March.  Based on the expressed needs, a dynamic schedule of learning choices will be established and communicated for the retreat days.
  • Learning choices during the conference will include breakout sessions with Jigsaw Learning team members and other school leaders, focused table discussions, team consultations, large group learning sessions, team planning times and reflection breaks.
  • Opportunities for teams to engage in (or plan their own) “retreat” wellness activities will be made available on the Friday evening, including an evening social.


Registration Information coming – Fall 2020!



The purpose of the Guiding Principles is to ensure that the work of the Retreat Planning Committee is aligned and focused on the intent for this learning event.  Please see below for a list and brief biography for each of our Planning Committee team members.


  • Celebrate the diversity of individual contexts for schools and districts, different stages of implementation, and the flexibility of a Collaborative Response framework through an innovative grassroots approach to learning and sharing
  • Network, share and celebrate the diverse and differentiated Collaborative Response practices happening across the province of Alberta and beyond
  • Engage openly regarding the challenges and successes being experienced across the greater educational community, honouring honest and transparent conversation
  • Share and access additional resources and supports from district leadership to classroom practices to support and extend Collaborative Response and related work


  • Providing multiple opportunities for districts, schools and educators to connect during and after the event
  • Ensuring meaningful learning experiences for all participants, with a focus on wellness, relationships and time for team planning
  • Ensuring Collaborative Response impact goes beyond the confines of the conference to impact others, including the greater school community
  • Honouring and planning for the diverse audience engaging in this work and their unique learning needs
  • Focusing on evidence of impact for Collaborative Response practices for students and educators
  • Connecting with community partners that are committed to impacting teaching and learning