We have often shared that the collaborative team meeting is really at the heart of a school’s Collaborative Response Model. But how do we ensure that these meetings are highly impactful, focusing on the instructional adjustments and shifts that are made to most effectively respond to the needs of our students?
One way is ensuring that powerful questions are being asked by leaders. Through professional dialogue, we can focus on how Tier 1 and 2 instructional supports at the classroom can best meet the needs of students. It is important to note that during a collaborative team meeting, although an administrator or team lead may serve as the formalized leader, any member of the team should be able to assume a leadership role with their colleagues, asking questions and prompting meaningful discussion and classroom responses.
Leaders in a Community of Practice with Edmonton Public Schools recently worked together to draft a list of these powerful questions, shared below:
Although this list is not meant to be exhaustive, it can be a useful resource to have distributed during team meetings to serve as a prompting guide for questions to be asked when responding to the needs of students.
This EPSB Community of Practice also developed a resource for ways to prepare for collaborative team meetings, with some useful tips and best practices employed in their schools.
Thanks to these Edmonton Public School leaders for their insights and willingness to share these resources, working together to ensure collaborative team meetings can really impact inclusive supports at the classroom level.