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The Instructional Playbook

The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice

By Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, Sharon Thomas

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

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The Impact Cycle

What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching

By Jim Knight

For hundreds of thousands of educators, Jim Knight has bridged the long-standing divide between staff room and classroom offering up a much a more collaborative, respectful, and efficient PD model for achieving instructional excellence.

A decade of research and hundreds of in-services later, The Impact Cycle provides an all-new instructional coaching cycle to help teachers and, in turn, their students improve in clear, measurable ways.

The Impact Cycle comes loaded tools and resources, including a comprehensive video program, robust checklists, and a model Instructional Playbook. Quickly, you’ll learn how to:

  • Interact and dialogue with teachers as partners
  • Guide teachers to identify emotionally compelling, measurable, and student-focused goals
  • Set coaching goals, plan strategies, and monitor progress for optimal impact
  • Use documentary-style video and text-based case studies as models to promote maximum teacher clarity and proactive problem solving
  • Streamline teacher enrollment, data collection, and deep listening

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The Reflection Guide to the Impact Cycle

What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching

By Jim Knight, Jennifer Ryschon Knight, Clinton Carlson

This Reflection Guide functions almost like a daily planner for reaching, even exceeding, your coaching goals. Jam-packed with key concepts, prompts, and exercises, this guide will prove indispensable to:

  • Coaches who wish to accelerate progress toward goals and move their practices forward 
  • Leaders of coaches looking for a simple, effective model to get all stakeholders on the same page

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Better Conversations

Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected

By Jim Knight

Think about how many times you’ve walked away from school conversations, sensing they could be more productive, but at a loss for how to improve them.

Better Conversations honors our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. Asserting that our schools are only as good as the conversations within them, Jim Knight shows us how to adopt the habits essential to transforming the quality of our dialogues.

As coaches, administrators, teachers, it’s time to thrive. Learn how to:

  • Coach ourselves and each other to become better communicators
  • Listen with empathy
  • Find common ground
  • Build Trust

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The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations

Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected

By Jim Knight, Jennifer Ryschon Knight, Clinton Carlson

In this Reflection Guide, Jim Knight delivers a clear framework for improving professional dialogue and reveals why true dialogue improves professional performance, job satisfaction, and classroom instruction.

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Focus on Teaching

Using Video for High-Impact Instruction

By Jim Knight

Video recordings of teachers in action offer a uniquely powerful basis for improvement. Best-selling professional development expert Jim Knight delivers a surefire method for harnessing the potential of video to reach new levels of excellence in schools. Focus on Teaching details:

  •  Strategies that teachers, instructional coaches, teams, and administrators can use to get the most out of using video
  • Tips for ensuring that video recordings are used in accordance with ethical standards and teacher/student comfort levels
  • Protocols, data gathering forms, and many other tools to get the most out of watching video

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High-Impact Instruction

A Framework for Great Teaching

By Jim Knight

Jim Knight presents the high-leverage strategies that make the biggest difference in student learning. Featuring checklists, numerous observation tools, and online videos of teachers implementing the practices, this revolutionary book focuses on the three areas of high-impact instruction:

  • Content planning, including using guiding questions, learning maps, and formative assessment
  • Instructional practices such as the use of thinking prompts, effective questions, challenging assignments, and experiential learning
  • Community building, in which you shape a classroom culture that promotes well-being, creativity, learning, and high expectations

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Unmistakable Impact

A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction

By Jim Knight

This book simplifies the process for becoming an Impact School through targeted, consistent professional learning that is done with teachers, not to teachers. Jim Knight provides tangible tools for translating staff members’ joy of learning into high-leverage practices that achieve dramatic results. Characteristics of Impact Schools include:

  • A focused, clearly defined improvement plan that takes into account the complexity of teaching and learning relationships
  • A school culture that encourages enrollment in ongoing professional development
  • Alignment of purpose and actions among all staff members

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Coaching

Approaches and Perspectives

By Jim Knight

This resource brings together the voices of recognized experts in the field―including Joellen Killion, Cathy Toll, Jane Ellison, Randy Sprick, Jane Kise, Karla Reiss, Lucy West, and Jim Knight―to present unique approaches for coaching teachers and leaders. Chapters review the roles of coaches in schools, examine the research base on coaching, and provide in-depth discussions of specific models, including:

  •  Literacy coaching
  • Cognitive coaching
  • Instructional coaching
  • Content-focused coaching
  • Classroom management coaching
  • Leadership coaching

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Instructional Coaching

A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction

By Jim Knight

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

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