Collaborative Response Symposium 2021

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Collaborative Response Symposium 2021

Registration closes:
Apr 23, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Kurtis Hewson
Lorna Hewson
Various Jigsaw Learning presenters
Various School and Divisional presenters
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Apr 26, 2021 (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Apr 27, 2021 (7:45 am to 4:45 pm MDT)
Day 3Apr 28, 2021 (7:45 am to 4:45 pm MDT)
Day 4Apr 29, 2021 (7:45 am to 4:45 pm MDT)
$50.00 (CAD) (Regular fee)
$45.00 (CAD) (Discount fee)
No charge (Complimentary)
Location: Virtual
Course code: 21-IE-134-CARC

Target Audience


About this learning opportunity

We are excited to announce the second annual Collaborative Response SYMPOSIUM!

Last year, over nine hundred educators from schools and divisions across Alberta and beyond joined us for our first ever online one-day symposium, participating in a variety of sessions to learn more about Collaborative Response and networking with colleagues engaged in this transformational work.  This year, we are returning with a unique and differentiated professional learning experience!

Two layers of learning to build and refine your understanding of Collaborative Response

This year, we have focused on designing an event that will support your individual needs as well as provide multiple opportunities to learn about components as they relate to Collaborative Response.  The event this year will take place with two connected learning streams:

Asynchronous - Video Library

Beginning on April 16th, registrants will gain access to the symposium website to access more than 50 different session recordings, all focused on various topics related to Collaborative Response.  Presenters from Jigsaw Learning, as well as school and divisional leaders, will share 10-15 minute video recordings to deepen your understanding and support the implementation of Collaborative Response.  These recordings will remain available for symposium registrants until July 1, 2021.  To review a growing list of recordings that will be available, visit

Synchronous - April 26-29, 2021

Beginning at 4:00 pm MST on April 26, the live learning symposium will kick-off with a keynote address by Kurtis and Lorna Hewson, focusing on the fundamental shifts for Collaborative Response shared in their forthcoming new text.  Then over the next three days, a variety of interactive sessions will be scheduled, including:

  • Panel discussions
  • Presenter question and answer sessions
  • Discussion forums
  • Individual consult sessions - sign up for one-on-one consultations with a number of the Jigsaw Learning team in a large variety of areas

The symposium will conclude with a variety of virtual wellness sessions, a closing address and door prizes on Thursday, April 29 at 4:00 pm MST.

All live sessions during the week will be facilitated through Zoom, with links for all sessions available in the symposium website for all registrants to access.

This unique virtual event will require no travel, no substitutes, no pants (if you so desire!)  You choose which events you wish to attend.

All this for only $50!

Visit to learn more and view the sessions and speakers.

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.  This symposium will once again be an outstanding opportunity 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.

Learn more about Collaborative Response at

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.

About the facilitator(s)

Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students. In addition to two finalist awards from Alberta Excellence in Teaching program and an Edwin Parr award recipients for excellence in his first year of teaching, Kurtis was an honoree 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. He is the co-founder of Jigsaw Learning, a co-author of the text Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model, and currently works with districts and schools nationally and internationally establishing Collaborative Response frameworks and interacting with thousands of educators annually.

Lorna Hewson is a passionate educator who is engaged full time with Jigsaw Learning as a Lead Learner and co-author of Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model. Lorna’s diverse roles in schools and districts has provided a wealth of experience in essentially every area of development in supporting the needs of schools, staff and students. With Jigsaw Learning, Lorna engages in a variety of support structures with systems, including coaching, mentoring, leading and facilitating schools and districts in the areas of Collaborative Response, designing and coordinating teams throughout systems, building literacy and early years frameworks, and designing inclusive learning frameworks.


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