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Instructional Coaching


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Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Why Coaching? 2. What Does Coaching Look Like? 3. What Is the Partnership Philosophy? 4. Partnership Communication: Creating Learning Conversations 5. Getting Teachers on Board and Finding a Starting Point 6. Modeling, Observing, and Collaboratively Exploring Data 7. Focusing on the Big Four: Behavior, Content Knowledge, Direct Instruction, and Formative Assessment 8. How Coaches Can Spread Knowledge 9. Coaches as Leaders of Change Resource: Instructional Coach's Tool Kit References Index

About the Author

Jim Knight has spent more than two decades studying professional learning, effective teaching, and instructional coaching. He is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the President of the Instructional Coaching Group. Jim wrote the first article on the topic of instructional coaching for The Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2007) popularized the idea. Jim edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives (Corwin, 2009) and co-authored Coaching Classroom Management (Pacific Northwest Publishing, 2010). Jim's other books include Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach to Dramatically Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2011), High-Impact Instruction: A Framework or Great Teaching (Corwin, 2013), and Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction (Corwin, 2014). Jim's articles on professional learning, teaching, and instructional coaching have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Kappan, and Educational Leadership. Frequently asked to lead professional learning, Jim has presented to more than 30,000 educators from six continents. He has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Jim also writes the Radical Learners blog.


"Teachers helping teachers is a great way to create a powerful instructional staff. Knight offers practical and useful tools to help teachers achieve excellence." -- Dale E. Moxley, Principal
"Provides valuable insight for mentors who are in the field working daily with novice teachers." -- J. Helen Perkins, Assistant Professor

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