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Seven Simple Truths of Great Coaching: The Essential Factors for Success

TLC 2022 Keynote by Jim Knight

Overview of The Seven Success Factors

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The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

1. The Partnership Principles

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Creating Learning Partnerships

Change agents who make an impact know what they believe and act in ways that are consistent with their beliefs.  For this reason, people learning how to lead change need to think carefully about the principles that guide their actions.  In this course, participants learn about the research-validated partnership principles of equality, choice, voice, dialogue, reflection, praxis, and reciprocity, and how they can use the principles to shape and form professional development for learning.  Additionally, participants learn how adults change and learn as they often moving through the stages of optimism, to pessimism, to success. Change leaders need to understand change, and they need to understand that beliefs that lead to transformation and learning. This course delivers that content through highly engaging explanations, reflections, discussions, and applications.  

The Instructional Coaching Institute

The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

2. Coaching Skills

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Better Conversations Workshop

Effective coaches, leaders, and educators communicate their message clearly, build healthy emotional connections with others, and maneuver through emotionally complex situations in ways that allow them to speak the truth so that will be heard. This workshop introduces 6 beliefs and 10 habits that promote healthy and productive relationships.

Better Conversations Asynchronous Course

This Radical Learners course is meant to be more than something to watch or listen to — the course is meant to be lived. We provide short lessons where Jim explains key concepts from Better Conversations, to make it easy for you to explore how to have better conversations. You will receive a learner guide to take notes and document your learning experiences. We’ve also included reflection questions and activities at the end of each lesson so you can dive into the content being discussed. Since real learning happens in real life, we’ve also included reflection forms you can use to revisit or prepare for conversations.

The Instructional Coaching Institute

The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

3. Coaches as Leaders

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Better Leaders

This session asks participants to think of themselves as change leaders—people who lead themselves, other adults, and students through inevitable change by getting clear on what they are trying to accomplish and how to make that happen, and how to navigate through the complexities of change.

The Instructional Coaching Institute

The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

4. The Impact Cycle

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The Impact Cycle Workshop

Based on The Impact Cycle (2017) by Jim Knight, this workshop describes the coaching cycle proposed for instructional coaches. All teachers, schools, and classrooms face their own unique challenges. An established process for guiding the coaching experience ensures that instructional coaches have all of the tools they need to help teachers set and achieve their goals. The Impact Cycle—the product of 20 years of ICG research—provides a framework for any coaching scenario. Participants in this workshop will learn why the cycle is successful, and gain experience using it through examples and guided exercises.

Instructional Coaching: The First 90 Days, Asynchronous Course

In this inaugural Radical Learners course, Jim Knight introduces the foundational principles, skills, and framework necessary for the first 90 days of instructional coaching, including The Partnership Principles, The Impact Cycle, and resources for coaching in action.

The Instructional Coaching Institute

The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

5. Gathering Data

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Gathering Data Workshop

Data gathering is critical to effective instructional coaching because it helps make the invisible visible by providing the capacity to assess the kinds of questions being asked in the classroom, the use of instructional time, and student engagement. Based on the Data Toolkit in The Impact Cycle (2017) and the data-gathering information included in Focus on Teaching (2014) by Jim Knight, this workshop presents the data points needed to help teachers obtain a clear picture of reality, set goals, and monitor progress toward goals. Participants will be guided through several methods of gathering data and learn how to effectively analyze data to determine specific areas for improvement.

Instructional Coaching: The First 90 Days, Asynchronous Course

In this inaugural Radical Learners course, Jim Knight introduces the foundational principles, skills, and framework necessary for the first 90 days of instructional coaching, including The Partnership Principles, The Impact Cycle, and resources for coaching in action.

The Instructional Coaching Institute

The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

6. Teaching Strategies

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High-Impact Instruction Workshop

When it comes to improving instruction, educators have literally hundreds of options, and it can be difficult to know which teaching practices have the greatest potential to improve student learning. Based on the book High-Impact Instruction (2012) by Jim Knight and research from the Impact Research Lab, this workshop provides an overview of high-yield strategies teachers can use to plan instruction, assess learning, increase student mastery and engagement, and create positive learning communities in the classroom.

Creating an Instructional Playbook Workshop

In settings where a clearly defined set of teaching strategies already exists, this workshop guides coaches and others (e.g., administrators) through the development of an instructional playbook. This workshop is based on The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research Into Practice (2019) by Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas. Instructional playbooks are packed with tools to facilitate the coaching process, but instead of reducing teaching or coaching to following a script, they provide a framework to apply and adjust to the specific needs of a given teacher and his or her classroom.

High-Impact Teaching Strategies Asynchronous Course

At the Instructional Coaching Group our focus is on doing what it takes to improve the quality of kids’ lives by having them experience better teaching. Coaching is a way in which we can provide support to teachers to dramatically improve teaching. But, what are the practices those teachers work on? That’s where High Impact Instruction comes in, and these are the strategies that have the best chance of improving teaching. The instructional strategies mentioned in this course increase engagement and learning. The result of Jim Knight’s research exploration and development was a simple framework – the Big Four, addressing Content Planning, Formative Assessment, Instruction, and Community Building.

The Instructional Coaching Institute

The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

7. System Support

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The impact coaches have is directly related to how effectively they are supported (or not supported) by their administrators. For that reason, it is crucial that administrators participate in professional development that clarifies what coaches do and how they can be supported. This workshop provides a deep understanding of how administrators and instructional coaches can collaborate to ensure that coaches have an unmistakably positive impact on teachers’ teaching and students’ learning.

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The Evaluating Instructional Coaching workshop aims to address one of our most frequently asked questions: how to evaluate coaches as employees and how to evaluate coaching programs around best practices in both coaching and best practices in human resources. This workshop can be tailored to focus on particular elements of evaluation as well as practice for evaluators in using our tools and resources.

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The Instructional Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

A Framework for Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success

For more than 25 years, Jim Knight and his colleagues have been developing, refining, and studying instructional coaching. In his latest book, The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching, Jim has summarized that research into seven success factors that need to be a part of any successful coaching program. In this overview course, Jim and consultants from the Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) will introduce each factor, explain why it is essential for success, and summarize how it can be implemented.

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