Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Intensive Training 2019-2020

Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Intensive Training 2019-2020

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In this yearlong Institute, Jim provides what he and others have learned about successful coaches, coaching and coaching programs. The first session of the series is on October 16, 2019.

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Jim Knight Intensive Instructional Coaching Training 2019-2020

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


Better Conversations

October 16, 2019

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

October 17, 2019

In this session, participants will learn the essential elements of the coaching cycle described in the book, The Impact Cycle. Specifically, participants will 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.

Instructional Coaching for Positive Classrooms

January 29, 2020

Students won’t flourish in settings where inappropriate student behavior interferes their ability to learn. For this reason, in some cases student behavior has to be addressed before any other teaching strategies are implemented. In this session, participants will learn how to gather data on a variety of student behaviors. Additionally, participants will learn about six teaching strategies from High-Impact Instruction that will help any teachers create learner-friendly settings for learning in their classrooms.

Instructional Coaching to Increase Student Engagement

January 30, 2020

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.

Instructional Coaching to Increase Student Achievement

March 11, 2020

Most likely every instructional coach will 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 will learn how to integrate the Content Planning and Formative Assessment teaching strategies from High-Impact Instruction into coaching to increase achievement. Participants will also learn about how teachers can employ Learning Maps, also described in High-Impact Instruction.

Better Leaders

March 12, 2020

This session is designed to help anyone become very clear on what they are to do and how they are to do it. The session will provide participants with a variety of opportunities to identify their immediate and long-term goals, the road blocks they face, and the strategies they can use to get around those roadblocks. Participants will 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 participants with specific strategies they can implement to take care of themselves as they do the important and hard work of partnering with others.

  • Participants are expected to commit to all series dates.

    Registered teams of 3 or more may designate a leader, or Coaching Champion, to participate in an additional day of training, November 19, 2019.

  • 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


“Prior to the training, our network had instructional coaches, but the nature of the role was not yet well-defined. After a year of learning with Jim Knight, we now understand what instructional coaching is, what it is not, and the structures that need to be in place to ensure that coaches and teachers can engage in meaningful partnerships.

The Jim Knight training should be required for any organization! While the primary audience is instructional coaches, this is really about how adults learn, what they need to feel respected and valued, and the foundational role that conversation and communication play in building a relationship. You will end the year with a new perspective and feel inspired to improve not just others, but yourself, as well!"

– Jane Szot, Distinctive Schools Network

"The information and experiences Jim shared during our sessions motivated our district to build a solid foundation for an amazing coaching program. The knowledge gained has transformed coaching in our district – taking a surface level program and creating a focus for greater impact.  Jim’s highly relational style and in-depth knowledge makes learning a pleasure.  We left every session energized and encouraged!"

– Denise M. Flavin, Curriculum Director, Burbank School District 111

"Participating in Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Intensive has made a profound and positive impact on our instructional coaching program.  Being able to learn from one of education's leaders in the area of coaching alongside colleagues who share similar experiences provided great ideas and action items to bring back to my district.  Jim's approach of sharing content in engaging ways while building in ample opportunities to talk with other participants helped bring his concepts and methods to life.  The on-going, year-long institute reflects what we know results in more meaningful learning than one-time workshops.

As a member of the Coaching Champions group, I was afforded the unique opportunity to network with other instructional coaching program leaders.  We were able to share tips and approaches from everything to hiring, communicating purpose, and program evaluation.  This all took place with Jim at the table, where he was also able to weigh in, ask provoking questions, and provide positive affirmation and encouragement.  The one-on-one videochat conversations with Jim allowed me to go even deeper with my own learning and seek customized feedback regarding my practice as a leader."

 Becky (Fischer) Mathison, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Skokie School District 73½

"The training with Jim Knight through Northwestern's Educational Coaching Network was some of the best professional development I have ever attended. Jim understands the realities of the classroom and his main focus is to allow coaches and teachers to improve their craft. He breaks down educational research into real and tangible strategies that you can utilize with students right away. Above all, I found the training to be a positive and true collaboration of professional educators."

– John McGinnis, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator & Teacher, The Ogden International School of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools

For More Information

Contact our ECN Coordinators Alison Gordon (alison.gordon@northwestern.edu) or Sharon Sheehan (sharon.sheehan@northwestern.edu).

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Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

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Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: msedprogram@northwestern.edu