Instructional Playbook, The

  • Title:The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice
  • Author:Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, Sharon Thomas
  • Publication Date:2019
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781416629924
  • Publisher:ASCD

Providing resources for teachers to help implement new teaching strategies is an essential part of an instructional coach’s work, and an Instructional Playbook can be one of the most effective tools to ensure that teachers reach the goals they set with their coach. This succinct document can be tailored to specific needs and goals and provides a reference to keep both teachers and coaches on track. The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice illustrates the value of Instructional Playbooks and guides readers through the three elements that comprise them:

  • The Strategy List, a condensed list of high-impact teaching strategies
  • "One-Pagers," or one-page descriptions for each of the teaching strategies
  • Checklists to help facilitate the teaching practices contained in the playbook

The Instructional Playbook was written by the consultant team at the Instructional Coaching Group, professional development providers whose mission is to provide better learning and better lives for all students.


Author Bio

Sharon Thomas, Senior Consultant at ICG, is a National Board Certified English teacher, instructional coach, student advocate, and writer. Along with her work in ICG workshops, Sharon coordinates the ICG Coaching Certification process.

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.

Michelle Harris has taught middle school English and social studies before serving as an instructional coach, Title I coordinator, student manager, and assistant principal. She has presented and keynoted all over the United States and in Europe and Africa.

Ann Hoffman, Senior Consultant at ICG, and a Professional Development Leader for the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning with more than 30 years of experience. She is a recipient of the Gordon R. Alley Partnership Award and the Strategic Instruction Model Leadership Award.

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