Instructional Coaching Institute

Instructional Coaching Institute

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Jim Knight Intensive Instructional Coaching Training 2017-2018

In this yearlong Institute, Jim provides what he and others have learned about successful coaches, coaching and coaching programs. First session of the series is on October 25, 2017

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Jim Knight Intensive Instructional Coaching Training 2017-2018

For more than 20 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been studying instructional coaching. Each session in the seven-day workshop, covers one aspect of effective coaching.


Better Conversations

Oct. 25, 2017

To be effective, coaches need to be excellent communicators. In this session, you'll learn about and practice the Better Conversation Beliefs and Habits, described in the books Better Conversations and the Better Conversations Reflection Guide. Participants will study how effective coaches communicate and what coaches can do to learn and master those habits and beliefs.

The Impact Cycle

Oct. 26, 2017

Participants will learn the essential elements of the coaching cycle described in Jim’s new book, The Impact Cycle. Specifically, you'll learn how to help teachers draw a clear picture of reality, identify a goal, and create a strategy to reach it. Additionally, participants will learn how to precisely describe teaching strategies, six different ways to model strategies, and how to partner with teachers to make adaptations until goals are met. Coaches will also be introduced to a set of questions that they can use as they, and their partnering teachers, move through The Impact Cycle.

Coaching to Increase Engagement

Nov. 30, 2017

One of the main goals teachers set when they partner with coaches is to increase student engagement. In this session, participants will learn how a number of different ways to define engagement, methods for assessing engagement, and five teaching strategies from High-Impact Instruction that teachers can implement to increase engagement. Additionally, participants will learn how to use video as a power tool for learning in coaching.

Coaching to Increase Achievement

Jan. 26, 2018

Instructional coaches often partner with teachers to increase student achievement, so learning how to measure achievement and monitor student learning and growth is essential for effective coaching. In this session, participants learn how to increase achievement by integrating the Content Planning and Formative Assessment teaching strategies from High-Impact Instruction. Participants also learn how teachers can employ Learning Maps, also described in High-Impact Instruction.

Coaching for Classroom Management

February 23, 2018

Student behavior must be addressed before other teaching strategies are implemented because students won’t flourish if inappropriate student behavior interferes with their ability to learn. In this session, participants learn how to gather data on a variety of student behaviors. Additionally, participants will learn about six teaching strategies from High-Impact Instruction to help create learner-friendly settings in their classrooms.

Creating a Flourishing Coaching Program

March 16, 2018

Coaches who flourish often work in supportive settings. In this session, you'll learn how principals can support coaches, the minimum amount of time coaches should spend each week coaching, why it is important for districts to clearly define coaches’ roles and responsibilities, the importance of developing a policy on what coaches will and won’t share and more.

Better Leaders

April 20, 2018

This session is designed to give educators clarity surrounding their roles, responsibilities, effective practices and habits. Participants will learn to identify their immediate and long-term goals and strategies to get around potential roadblocks. You'll learn how to decode the cultures of different schools, the importance of confronting reality, and the partnership principles that stand at the heart of this approach known as Better Leading. Most importantly, perhaps, this session will provide ways to take care of yourself as you do the important and hard work of partnering with others.

  • Registered teams of 3 or more may be selected for additional training.

    A designated leader, or Coaching Champion, may be selected to participate in an additional day of training, Oct. 27, 2017.

  • Coaching Champions will lunch together with Jim during each session.

    This conversation will provide additional training and support.

Materials Included with Registration

  • Better Conversations Book and Reflection Guide
  • High Impact Instruction Book
  • Focus on Teaching Book
  • Coaching for Student Engagement Workbook
  • Coaching for Student Achievement Workbook


“During these series of workshops, I improved my knowledge of the instructional coaching cycle, learned about change in organizations, and how to be a better communicator. Our whole team was able to attend the sessions together which was the perfect opportunity to discuss next steps for the implementation of our program. Jim's workshops are the best I have attended! ”

– Sharon Sheehan, Instructional Coach, Glenbrook South High School

“The Jim Knight Intensive, has been one of the most impactful professional development opportunities of my career. There was no guess work involved in understanding or implementing the material because Jim was always so accessible. I have never been able to work so closely with the author of the very material I am reading about and trying to implement. If my team had questions or needed feedback we knew we would get it straight from Jim. You can’t beat this type of support. Our monthly meetings ensured that we didn’t just put the information on the shelf. We were held accountable for implementation which is critical when we all have other things demanding our attention.”

– Kellie Easton, Instructional Support Specialist, Hammond, Indiana

“This has been an excellent professional development opportunity. Jim exemplified the approaches and strategies he taught. The time for reflection and networking were refreshing. The application of the concepts across so many settings made all of the topics even more relevant. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to take deep dive into this work. The setting was very comfortable and conveniently located. Thank you!”

– Lisa Murphy, Department Chair, Highland Park High School

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