- Co-Author of Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model
- 2010 ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award Honouree
- Over 20 years of experience in the classroom, including over a decade as an award-winning school administrator
- Engaging keynote presenter and workshop facilitator
- Works with thousands of educators annually, establishing collaborative structures in schools and districts to respond to the needs of all students and enhance collective teacher efficacy
Kurtis Hewson has been a teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta, primarily instructing and supervising pre-service teachers.
With over a decade of experience as an administrator, including five years as principal at West Meadow Elementary School in Claresholm, Alberta, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students.
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.
I have had the opportunity to work with Kurtis Hewson of Jigsaw Learning during the 2017/18 school year as he has been supporting our division with PD sessions for administrators. We have been working on the CRM process and how to design and implement meaningful CRM meetings at the school level. Throughout the process we have developed an action plan for our school, identified and created a pyramid of interventions or continuum of supports for our school, and shared ideas with other admin teams. Most recently Kurtis helped create a timetable for our school that incorporates collaborative time for each grade level as well as intervention blocks for each grade, if and when we are ready to implement this strategy. Kurtis has been extremely professional and supportive to work with all year. I was amazed to see how he could construct a timetable even when presented with the obstacle of part time staff at different times of the day. This process has taken individual teacher efforts and brought them into a team context. Teachers knowledge and strengths are shared with each other and students are the beneficiaries. – Anna Greenwood, Principal, Elmer Elson Elementary
In addition to two finalist awards from Alberta Excellence in Teaching program (as a teacher and an administrator) and a recipient of the Alberta Edwin Parr award for excellence in his first year of teaching, Kurtis was one of three honorees 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.
In 2011, Kurtis was seconded to the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, teaching and supervising student teachers in the education program. In 2013, he joined the Faculty full-time and began his doctoral studies with the University of Alberta in the fall of 2014, focusing on the role of teacher community in relation to teacher professional praxis. In the fall of 2015, Kurtis continued his doctoral studies, as well as assuming a role as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta.
In 2012, Kurtis and his associates published Preparing for Teacher Research and Conducting Teacher Research, two texts made available in all schools in Alberta in conjunction with the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement, and co-authored Engaging in Action Research in September, 2013.
In 2015, Kurtis co-authored 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. Kurtis also works with a variety of educational organizations in the areas of leadership coaching and mentoring, strategic planning for systems, and facilitation for multi-layered complex initiatives. Through his work with Jigsaw Learning, Kurtis interacts with thousands of educators annually.
Kurtis has an amazing capacity for connecting all aspects of teaching and learning. He makes teachers understand true collaboration is not “an add-on” and is indeed a critical part of improving learning for our students. – Sheila Tingley – Ekota School, Edmonton Public Schools
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