Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction by Jim KnightI strongly recommend Instruction Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction to anyone working or aspiring to work as a literacy or instructional coach.
Instead of beginning with Chapter 1, I recommend starting with chapter 9, Coaches as Leaders of Change, and then circling back to chapter 1. Chapter 9 describes specific tactics for navigating the tricky nature of being both a leader and collaborative partner. Having the strategies suggested on hand as you begin or continue your coaching work will help you carve a truly collaborative path with teachers, which can be quite a difficult feat to manage.
7 success factors for instructional coaches with Jim Knight
Event Phone: For the past twenty years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been identifying and validating best practices for instructional coaches. Participants can attend one, two, or, all three workshops to deepen their knowledge of effective beliefs and strategies for coaching. Instructional coaches have the potential to have an unmistakably positive impact on how teachers teach and students learn. However, if coaches are going to be effective, they need to know how to be a coach. For more than two decades, Jim Knight and his research colleagues in Kansas have been working to identify best practices for instructional coaching. The result is the publication of two books: The Impact Cycle Knight, , a simple and powerful way coaches can help teachers improve teaching to improve student learning and Better Conversations Knight, , a description of the communication beliefs and habits coaches should employ to foster powerful, learning relationships.
The number of school districts using instructional coaches is growing at a staggering rate. By offering support, feedback, and intensive, individualized professional learning, coaching promises to be a better way to improve instruction in schools. Indeed, preliminary research suggests that effective coaching programs make a difference. For the past decade, researchers at the Kansas University Center for Research on Learning have been implementing, refining and evaluating instructional coaching programs. In the past year alone, our staff has provided professional development and consultation to programs in 14 states across the country. We believe superintendents and other educational leaders who consider these success factors will be better able to use valuable resources to realize the promise of instructional coaching. No Quick Fix Facing intense pressure to improve student achievement, it is tempting to try anything that promises a quick solution.
This website contains ideas that are "in process. Mind you, aren't most ideas "in process? You can learn more about Instructional Coaching at www. You can contact me at jimknight mac. Rebecca Frazier will be sharing her research on the characteristics of effective coaches, and Marti Elford will be giving presentations on her research on Bug-In-The-Ear Instructional Coaching, her absolutely fascinating work studying Instructional Coaching done with the use of Avatar technology, and her work introducing coaching to Zambia.