May 16, 2022
Season 3, Episode 3:
Collaborative does not always mean productive or responsive. Earmarking time in the day for educators to meet and discuss the needs of children is essential, but only if these meetings scale solutions and build teacher capacity. In this episode find out how you can efficiently respond to the needs of individual and small groups of students while building your school’s overall collective efficacy.
Lorna Hewson is an award-winning educator with leadership experience at the classroom, school, district and provincial levels. Kurtis Hewson is an award-winning former administrator and teacher, as well as teaching faculty at the post-secondary level. They are the co-founders of Jigsaw Learning, co-authors of the text Collaborative Response: Three Foundational Components That Transform How We Respond to the Needs of Learners (Corwin, 2022), and currently work with districts and schools nationally and internationally establishing Collaborative Response frameworks and interacting with thousands of educators annually.
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.), a former school principal in Upstate, NY, previously taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine. Peter has traveled the world, developing content, visiting school sites, influencing policy, and presenting with John Hattie. He has worked with educators at schools, districts, educational service centers, and educational organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officials. His presentations focus on school leadership, school climate, as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.
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.
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