Focused Consulting with jim knight and icg

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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).

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    Based on 20+ years of research, we’ve determined seven specific factors that are critical to maintaining a successful coaching program. While our consulting sessions are centered around a custom-made agenda, they often address the following issues:

    The 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 seven Partnership Principles to guide all of the work we do: equality, choice, voice, dialogue, reflection, praxis, and reciprocity.

    Communication Skills

    Since coaching is, above all, a series of conversations, coaches must be effective communicators. Coaches should employ effective coaching skills grounded in healthy beliefs about communication.

    Coaches as Leaders

    Leadership can be divided into two parts: leading yourself and leading others. To lead yourself, you must know your purpose and principles, how to use your time effectively, and how to take care of yourself. To lead others, you need a combination of ambition and humility—to be reliable and ambitious for change but at the same time responsive to teachers and their needs. 

    The Impact Cycle

    While every coaching situation presents unique challenges, an established process for guiding the coaching experience ensures that instructional coaches have all the tools they need to help teachers set and achieve their goals. 


    Data is important within a coaching program because it provides a way to set goals and monitor progress. Goals need to be measured frequently so that teachers can determine if what they are doing is working or if adjustments need to be made.

    Teaching Strategies

    Instructional coaches share teaching strategies with teachers so they can meet the goals they set. For that reason, coaches need to have a deep understanding of high-impact teaching strategies. 

    System Support

    When coaches flourish, it is often because they work in settings where leaders are intentional and disciplined about providing the support that is required for coaching success to occur. The opposite is also true. Without support, coaches often struggle to have any impact at all.

    does your team need impactful, research-based consulting?

    If you are interested in learning more about our consulting, or if you would like a free coaching call to discuss how you can set and meet goals for your organization, please send us a message via the button below.

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