The staff members at Instructional Coaching Group form a team of talented, passionate, and hardworking people who want to make a difference. It’s our pleasure to work with partners from around the globe that make our work possible.
Michelle Harris began her teaching career at a middle school in El Cajon, California, and has worked for the Beaverton School District in Oregon in the capacity of teacher, coach, and administrator since 2000. During that time, she participated in the KU Coaching Study with Jim Knight, became certified in SIOP, Effective Teaching Practices, and is a Non-fiction writing trainer. Michelle is a seasoned staff-development specialist who has facilitated trainings across the state of Oregon, as well as for the Memphis City Schools in Memphis, TN. Michelle lives in Portland, OR, with her husband and two sons.
Ann Hoffman, M.Ed.
Professional Development Leader
Ann Hoffman, M.Ed. is a Professional Development Leader for the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning with more than 30 years of experience. As one of the first Professional Developers for the Center, she has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators both in the U.S. and internationally. This professional development has focused on Instructional Coaching as well as CRL’s Learning Strategies® and Content Enhancement Routines®. Most recently she has served as a project leader on several federal research projects focusing on secondary literacy. She is a recipient of the Gordon R. Alley Partnership Award from the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning and has also published numerous articles.
Ann has served on multiple community boards. She is the former board chair of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and is a founding advisory board member of the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted and Talented Education at the University of Iowa. She has worked with many organizations in the community in developing their strategic plans and is a past member of New Designs, a local consulting company specializing in helping businesses develop high-performance work teams.
Jim Knight, President of the Instructional Coaching Group, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching, writing two books on the topic: Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction, published by Corwin Press & NSDC, and Coaching Classroom Management, written with Randy Sprick, Wendy Reinke, and Tricia McKale and published by Pacific Northwest Press. Jim’s articles on Instructional Coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Jim directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas School District. Jim also leads the coaching institutes and Annual Instructional Coaching Conference offered by the University of Kansas. Jim is frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches and has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and in Japan. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.
Jenny founded ICG with Jim in 2006. In role as vice-president, Jenny co-authors the Reflection Guides and Field Guides and oversees most of the communication, design, and financial aspects of the company. Jenny also partners with Jim to refine the vision and reach of the Instructional Coaching Group and increase the impact of the research arm of ICG, The Impact Research Lab. Jenny is independently educated with emphases in educational practice and philosophy and design.
Tricia McKale, co-author of Coaching Classroom Management, with Randy Sprick, Wendy Reinke, and Jim Knight, is a nationally recognized professional developer, who leads sessions on instructional coaching, coaching classroom management, and the Safe and Civil Schools curriculum. Tricia was an instructional coach with Pathways to Success at Robinson Middle School for five years after serving as a language arts teacher in North Ottawa County in Kansas.
Ruth is in charge of all things “administrative” for the Instructional Coaching Group. Previously, she has been a stay-at-home mom, worked in direct sales, and most recently, worked as the Administrative Assistant to the CEO at Valley County Health Systems. Ruth especially enjoys her work with ICG as she is able to work from home in rural central Nebraska, which gives her the flexibility to take care of her grandsons when they are not in school. Thus, you may receive emails from Ruth that bear a time stamp of very early morning, or very late at night! Most of all, she is very excited about the opportunity to work with ICG and to be a part of something that is truly making a difference, ultimately, for our children and grandchildren.
Contact Ruth at: (308) 496-4724 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Conn Thomas
Dr. Thomas is the Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences at West Texas A&M University. He has co-authored three books and has published a number of scholarly works. He has conducted professional development in conjunction with the Center for Research on Learning for twenty-eight years. During this time, he has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators, both in the United States and internationally. He has served as project leader on several federal research programs focusing on secondary literacy. He was the recipient of the prestigious Gordon R. Alley Partnership Award from the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning. Dr. Thomas is the Director of The WTAMU Community Partnership for Learning Disabilities, and he is currently conducting research in the areas of instructional coaching, content enhancement routines and learning strategies.
Instructional Coach Mentor
Sue Woodruff is a nationally recognized leader of school improvement efforts based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A leader of leaders for the Strategic Instruction Model and the Content Literacy Continuum, Sue spends her time identifying excellent ICs and mentoring them for their district. Sue was an IC at Muskegon High for 15 years. Muskegon High received national recognition when it won the Pete and Carrie Rozelle National Award from the National Center for Learning Disabilities for addressing the educational and social-emotional needs of all children, including those with learning disabilities.