Instructional Coaching

  • Title:Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction
  • Author:Jim Knight
  • Publication Date:May 2007
  • Grade Level:PreK-12
  • ISBN:9781412927246
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

An innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction, and transforms school culture!

Instructional Coaching, a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention, provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement new programs that improve student learning. The product of more than eight years of study, this approach to professional development has been proven to help schools respond to the pressures of accountability and reform.

Experienced trainer, developer, and researcher Jim Knight describes the "nuts and bolts" of instructional coaching and explains the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, observing teachers, and engaging in reflective conversations. Each user-friendly chapter includes:

  • First-person stories from successful coaches
  • Sidebars highlighting important information
  • A "Going Deeper" section of suggested resources
  • Forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, reports, and other ready-to-use tools
  • A short summary of the main chapter points

This book is perfect for coaches, aspiring coaches, as well as the staff developers, trainers, teacher leaders, principals, and other educators who work with coaches and oversee coaching programs. 

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Author Bio

Jim Knight is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the President of the Instructional Coaching Group. 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.

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