Institutes & Workshops
The Impact Cycle

The Impact Cycle

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, (see–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.

designed for
Both In-person and Virtual
credit hours

Upcoming Dates

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October 23, 2023
January 17, 2024

Course Outline

The Impact Cycle Overview

  • Discuss the complexities of helping adults and the Partnership Principles
  • Distinguish among facilitative, directive, and dialogical coaching
  • Examine “surface” versus “deep” instructional coaching
  • Introduce the three stages of The Impact Cycle: Identify, Learn, and Improve

The Identify Stage

  • Determine how to help teachers get a clear picture of the current reality in their classrooms (through video, student interviews, student work, and/or observation data)
  • Examine video of the modeling of setting a goal with the Identify Questions
  • Examine choosing an instructional strategy to use to hit the goal in a partnership environment

The Learn Stage

  • Discuss the importance of clear explanations when learning a new strategy
  • Examine how checklists and modeling aid in providing clear explanations
  • Examine video of the modeling of explaining an instructional strategy to someone else

The Improve Stage

  • Discuss the importance of confirming direction with teachers on the goal
  • Examine the multi-faceted elements of reviewing progress on the goal
  • Troubleshoot the complexities of inventing improvements on the goal and/or the strategy when goal progress is not meeting expectations
  • Discuss the different pathways a teacher can choose for planning next actions
  • Examine video of the modeling of navigating a roadblock in the Improve stage

Putting it All Together

  • Discuss some of the similarities and differences among coaching for academic achievement, coaching for positive classroom environments, and coaching for student engagement.
  • Discuss Impact Cycle FAQs concerning role clarity, time, and the importance of administrator support and any additional questions from participants

Course Schedule

  • Two consecutive days
  • 9:00am -3:30pm CST, with one 60-minute break for lunch

Please Note

For individuals with schedule conflicts or who live in different time zones, this workshop is recorded and available for registrants to watch on-demand for 30 days.

If you are interested in attending with a group of 18+ from your school/district and want to ensure you are experiencing this workshop as a team, contact us to register for a private session >>

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If a workshop cohort does not meet enrollment minimum, registrations will be transferred to another offered cohort date of your choice.

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What People Are Saying About The Impact Cycle Workshop

“I’ve been in a coaching role for 3 years. This course was a great validation of the work I’ve started as well as learning new tools and strategies for the future. The zoom sessions were engaging and meaningful. This was an engaging course with many purposeful tools shared.”

“I thought this course was amazing. It gives a lot of direction to coaching teachers. I loved learning how to implement the checklist to support teachers. I also like the dialogue aspect, where teachers will be the drivers of their coaching cycles.”

“I am equipped with a framework for doing the work of helping faculty grow as professional practitioners.”