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  1. Facilitation Leaders and Collaboration Champions by Dwaine M. Souveny

  2. "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success." - Henry Ford- Alberta Regional Consortia

  3. People talk collaboration They emphasize the importance of it Yet when it comes to walking the talk Do we really embrace it? What does Collaboration TRULY mean? What is collaboration – what is not collaboration? What are the principles of effective collaboration? How do we DO collaboration – is it a matter of will or skill? Alberta Regional Consortia

  4. Purpose:Mobilization of Collaborative Practices Levels of Mobilization • Facilitator Leadership Training (2 days) • Championship Development Training (1 day) • School/agency based training (1 – 11 approximately 1 hour sessions based on each of principles) Alberta Regional Consortia

  5. Purpose:Mobilization of Collaborative Practices Facilitator Leadership Training (2 days) To provide Collaboration Facilitation Leaders with knowledge, skills, activities and resources for • Implementing Collaborative Practices within their communities • Co-facilitating a 1 day training program within their communities • Becoming Collaboration Champions Alberta Regional Consortia

  6. Purpose:Mobilization of Collaborative Practices Championship Development Training (1 day) To provide Community Collaboration Champions with the knowledge, skills, activities and resources for • Implementing Collaborative Practices within their communities • Facilitating school and/or agency based training with a focus on using the resources to promote the principles of collaboration Alberta Regional Consortia

  7. Purpose:Mobilization of Collaborative Practices School/agency Based Facilitation For the Community Collaboration Champion to utilize the resources in a facilitated manner with school and agency based personnel such that it enhances collaborative practices and wrap around principles • Facilitating Collaboration sessions within their school, agency or program based one or more of the eleven Principles of Collaboration Alberta Regional Consortia

  8. GOALS • Understand what Collaborative Practices…based on wraparound principles is and what it is not • Discuss the importance and relevancy of collaboration • Practice and creatively develop activities to illustrate concepts and principles Alberta Regional Consortia

  9. GOALS continued • Effectively utilize the excellent resources that have been developed • Clarify the next steps in championing a culture of collaboration Alberta Regional Consortia

  10. Objectives Participants will: • Be provided with specific resources from which to utilize in the development of their one-day training program with their community members • Be provided with a variety of activities from which to choose to facilitate their training program • Learn about the resources that have been developed – and how to utilize these to promote understanding of Collaborative practices and principles Alberta Regional Consortia

  11. Objectives continued • Learn about and utilize the ‘Focused Conversation Guide’ and have practice using the techniques during the review of videos representing the 11 Collaborative Principles • Gain an appreciation of how to respond to constructive comments and criticism about the collaborative process Alberta Regional Consortia

  12. Agenda • Welcome/Introductions • Names, roles, expectations • Collaborative Practices…based on wraparound principles • Background • Defined • What it is and what it is not • Compared to other modes of interaction • Benefits Alberta Regional Consortia

  13. Agenda continued • Implementation of Collaborative Practices/Principles • Utilization of Resources: • Collaborative Conversations • Video Series • Challenges in Collaboration • Top 10 reasons why not to collaborate • How not to be discouraged • Next steps: Planning and Support Alberta Regional Consortia

  14. Welcoming Expectations Everyone has wisdom We need everyone’s wisdom for the wisest result There are no wrong answers The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts Everyone will hear others and be heard You can always change your mind Alberta Regional Consortia

  15. Welcome and Introductions Dwaine Souveny, R. Psych, Certified Professional Coach Contract position with ARPDC for Mobilization of Alberta’s Response to Collaborative Practices and Wrap Around Principles Contact information Dynamic Development Phone 403 506 7091 Fax 403 347 8675 dynamicdevelopment@shaw.ca Alberta Regional Consortia

  16. Acknowledgements Alberta Government through Cross Ministry Services Branch Information now on High School Completion website ARPDC – The Collaborative Practices Knowledge Mobilization Plan Karen Egge, Director of Project Executive Director, Northwest Regional Learning Consortium Alberta Regional Consortia

  17. Introductions Activity Individual activity • Look through pictures • Select one that you feel represents you in your role • Share your view with the rest of the group Alberta Regional Consortia

  18. Clarification Statement Alberta’s Approach to Collaborative Practices…based on wraparound principles • Has been developed by the Cross-Ministry Services branch • While an emphasis has been through Alberta Education and materials developed with a focus on the terminology of “students” the intent is for all supports for “children” and “youth” be considered within the collaborative process Alberta Regional Consortia

  19. The Wrap Around Process In the Setting the Direction Framework (June 2009), the wraparound process is defined as a “philosophy of care that includes a definable planning process involving the student and family that results in comprehensive, coordinated supports and services to achieve improved learning outcomes and improved quality of life”.

  20. What is Collaboration? Activity Large Group Discussion: What are key aspects to True Collaboration Include on Workbook and Flip Chart Alberta Regional Consortia

  21. Collaboration • is a process for setting collective priorities, and incorporating different perspectives. This is reflected in the way people commit to working together to meet their shared goals. • allows for the blending of perspectives, expertise, resources and shared accountability and responsibility. Alberta Regional Consortia

  22. Continuum Adapted from: Hoskins, L and Angelica, E. 2005. Forming Alliance: Working Together to Achieve Mutual Goals. Wilder Foundation

  23. What Collaborative Practices is NOT? An initiative, pilot or prescribed program A mandated service delivery model High fidelity wrap-around services (for individuals with severe behaviour challenges) An “add-on” to what you are already doing Alberta Regional Consortia

  24. The wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts Peter Kenyon Alberta Regional Consortia

  25. Key Characteristics Alberta’s Approach to Collaborative Practices is about: • Establishing a culture of collaboration • Sharing commitment and responsibility • Blending perspectives, resources and expertise About working together for the benefit of children, youth and families Alberta Regional Consortia

  26. Research on Collaboration and the Wrap Around Process Originally developed to meet the needs of students with severe emotional/behavioural disabilities Alberta Regional Consortia

  27. Wraparound Approach Research • literature review, • a comprehensive provincial research project, • input from: • teachers, • administrators, • parents, • youth, and • other education and cross ministry stakeholders http://ideas.education.alberta.ca/hsc/current-projects/collaborative-practices Alberta Regional Consortia

  28. Ranking of students requiring supports and services Research Summary Alberta Regional Consortia

  29. Supports and Strategies may look different in different parts of the province, depending on local context School authorities, with their community partners, will be able to access a range of coordinated supports to meet the needs of students and their families. Students and their families will have the right supports at the right time at the right place.

  30. Old African Proverb By doing it alone … you can do it fast To do it well … do it together Alberta Regional Consortia

  31. Personal Stories Think about (and be prepared to share) a specific example where you and/or your school authority/agency/organization have demonstrated collaborative practices in action. ECS student and MAPPING Process “A shift from me to we” Alberta Regional Consortia

  32. Benefits of CollaborationResearch Study Increased knowledge and understanding of partner mandates Strengthen relationships and ability to navigate within and between systems to find innovative solutions Enhanced capacity to support student and/or family Improved functioning across various environments Improved access to services and supports Alberta Regional Consortia

  33. Using a Collaborative Approach • Reduces gaps in and the overlap of services • Enhances relationships among all members of the school and community • Focuses on the strengths of the child or youth, thus promoting optimism and motivation • Increases the community’s capacity to address the needs of children and youth Alberta Regional Consortia

  34. From Research to Action Alberta’s Approach to Collaborative Practices Alberta Regional Consortia

  35. 11 wraparound principles • Family voice and choice • Culturally responsive • Natural supports • Individualized • Strength based • Data informed • Collaboration • Shared leadership • Team based • School-community linked • Persistent Alberta Regional Consortia

  36. 11 Principles of Collaboration and the Wrap Around Process Activity In small groups, review each of the Principles within a specific area (blue, green, orange) on the Booklet (Self reflective tool) and Provide a specific example to share with the larger group that illustrates that principle Alberta Regional Consortia

  37. Activity Supporting Materials Video Series - Introductory Video • Introduction to the 11 wraparound principles http://ideas.education.alberta.ca/hsc/current-projects/collaborative-practices Alberta Regional Consortia

  38. Supporting Materials Video Series - Introductory Video • Introduction to the 11 wraparound principles Or just google: Alberta education - collaborative Alberta Regional Consortia

  39. Placements: For recording more thought for each principle Alberta Regional Consortia

  40. From at-risk … to at-promise The right services at the right time in the right place Alberta Regional Consortia

  41. Video SeriesPurpose The Videos • Are intended to be used as starting points for discussion about collaborative practices based on wrap around principles • Use wordless stories to represent successes and challenges associated with each wrap around principle Alberta Regional Consortia

  42. Video SeriesScope The Videos • Some scenes in the videos are of a sensitive nature and may evoke strong emotional responses from some viewers. • The videos are meant as examples and do not address all aspects of the very complex challenges faced by children, youth and their families Alberta Regional Consortia

  43. Video SeriesVariation The videos are not presented in order of priority Schools and their partners are NOT expected to reflect on all eleven principles during a given time period The video to view and discuss should be selected based on local interests and needs Alberta Regional Consortia

  44. The Videos Alberta Regional Consortia

  45. Supporting Materials Video series - Introductory Video Wraparound principles videos (11) Collaborative Conversation Guide Alberta Regional Consortia

  46. Guiding Collaborative Conversations The role of the Community Facilitation Leader • Show the introductory video • Prepare the participants with the understanding of the purpose, scope and variation of the videos • Indicate which video has been selected for review based on the principle or topic • Use the resource guide to lead a conversation about collaborative practices Alberta Regional Consortia

  47. Guiding Collaborative Conversations Techniques The Art of Focused Conversation http://ica-associates.ca World Café http://theworldcafe.com Visual Explorer http://ccive.blogspot.com/2007/04visual-explorer-quick-guide.html Alberta Regional Consortia

  48. The Art of Focused Conversation Levels of Thinking Objective questions: dealing with data and sensory information Reflective questions: related to personal reactions and associations Interpretive questions: about meaning, significance and implications Decisional questions: concerned with resolution Alberta Regional Consortia

  49. Collaborative Conversation Tools Facilitator Instructions: a step-by-step guide for group leaders that includes tips and instructions for guiding conversations Participant Handout: used to prepare the participants for the conversations Focused Conversation Questions: to be used to guide the conversation by the facilitator (not to be handed out to participants) Call to Action Worksheet: used to capture the participates plans for applying the collaborative practices Alberta Regional Consortia

  50. Facilitator InstructionsStep 1: Before meeting with the group • Educate yourself on the wraparound principle which you will focus on • Review videos – introductory and principle • Emphasize Key Characteristics of Collaboration • Review Focused Conversation – choose which questions with which to begin • Establish meeting parameters – venue, time, etc. Alberta Regional Consortia