Focused Consulting with Jim Knight and ICG

What is ICG Consulting?

If you are interested in virtual workshops or distance learning, please visit the Bring ICG to Your District page.

Many organizations have carefully planned and designed coaching programs. However, in cases where clear plans have not been developed, focused planning can have a huge impact on the effectiveness and success of coaching programs. For that reason, our consultants are available to meet with districts and help create plans for developing and supporting highly effective coaching programs.

Ideal for instructional coaches, coaching champions, superintendents, principals, staff developers, and other administrators, our consulting typically consists of one ICG consultant partnering with a small number of key decisions makers. Sessions can either be facilitated by Jim Knight (Lawrence, Kansas) or with a senior consultant (at the school site).

We offer year-long support both virtually and on-site. To learn more about partnering with ICG, contact us via the button below.

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Our Partnership Principles

At its core, a partnership approach is about treating others the way you would like to be treated. We see coaching as dialogical. Instead of dictating exactly what someone should do to improve, we believe a respectful and collaborative dialogue paves the way to positive change. We work from 7 Partnership Principles to guide all of the work we do.

While our consulting sessions are centered around a custom-made agenda, they often address the following issues:


One partner does not tell the other partner what to do; both partners share ideas and make decisions together as equals.

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Choice positions teachers as the final decision-makers—partners who choose their coaching goals and decide which practices to adopt.

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Coaches who follow the principle of voice learn from their teachers, and teachers feel safe expressing what they think and feel.

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Coaches who foster dialogue actively seek out others’ ideas and share their own in a way that encourages discussion.

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“Looking back,” “looking at,” and “looking ahead” is engaging, energizing, and essential to professional development.

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All professional learning needs to involve real-life application, ensuring that coaching is productive, meaningful, and helpful to teachers and students.

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Learning is not a one-way street, so coaches should also learn during the coaching process, not just the coachee.

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Stories of impact

“This was an impactful learning experience. I was able to reflect on my own communication skills and really think about ways to improve my interaction with others.”