The 16-week Virtual Coaching Institute

A 16-week, virtual Institute created for both new and experienced instructional coaches.

What is it?
A 16-week, virtual Institute created for both new and experienced instructional coaches.

When are the next cohorts?
»  Jan 9 – Apr 24, 2023
»  May 1 – Aug 14, 2023

Sessions typically take place on Monday 10am – 1:30pm CST

Live and on-demand sessions via Zoom

$1,995 per person

All sessions of the virtual institute are recorded and available on-demand.

Completed by 5,000+ Coaches worldwide

Backed by 20+ years of Research

Attend virtually from anywhere

1 Virtual Course

Our most comprehensive service, the Intensive Instructional Coaching Institute provides a big-picture view of instructional coaching and includes an exhaustive learning opportunity covering five coaching areas presented in Jim Knight’s bestselling books and research.

20 Years of Research

The Intensive Instructional Coaching Institute is a focused and intensive professional development opportunity based on 20+ years of research. This course was created with new and experienced coaching programs in mind, and has everything needed to succeed.

Everything a coach needs to succeed

Over 5,000 instructional coaches have successfully completed The Intensive Instructional Coaching Institute, representing every continent across the globe, except Antarctica.

Topics Covered

Everything you’ll learn at the 16-week virtual Instructional Coaching Institute.

Section 1: Introduction to Coaching

Takeaways include:

  • An overview of The Seven Success Factors of Instructional Coaching
  • Getting Started Toolkit (everything a coach needs to get started)
  • Coaching, Mentoring, Implementation Support
  • Facilitative, Directive, and Dialogical Interactions

Section 2: The Partnership Principles

Takeaways include:

  • Book Reference: Unmistakable Impact
  • An overview of The Five Simple Truths of Helping
  • Introduction to The Partnership Principles: Equality, Choice, Voice, Dialogue, Reflection, Praxis, Reciprocity

Section 3: The Impact Cycle: Identify

Takeaways include:

  • Getting a Clear Picture of Reality: video, interviews, student work, observations
  • Introducing video to your school
  • Using the “Identify Questions”
  • PEERS Goals
  • Identifying teaching strategies
  • Book References: Focus on Teaching and The Impact Cycle

Section 4: The Impact Cycle: Learn and Improve

Takeaways include:

  • The power of checklists
  • 6 ways to model teaching strategies
  • The “Improve Questions”
  • Book Reference: The Impact Cycle

Section 5: Better Conversations Habits Part 1

Takeaways include:

  • Partnership and Communication: The Better Conversation Beliefs
  • Demonstrate Empathy
  • Listen
  • Foster Dialogue
  • Ask Better Questions
  • Make Emotional Connections
  • Book Reference: Better Conversations

Section 6: Better Conversations Habits Part 2

Takeaways include:

  • Be a Witness to Good
  • Find Common Ground
  • Control Toxic Emotions
  • Redirect Toxic Conversations
  • Book Reference: Better Conversations

Section 7: Engagement Data

Takeaways include:

  •  Behavioral Engagement
  • Cognitive Engagement
  • Emotional Engagement
  • Engagement Online
  • Book Reference: The Impact Cycle; Data Guide

Section 8: Achievement Data

Takeaways include:

  • Identifying What Needs to be Assessed
  • Tests, Checks for Understanding
  • Traditional Rubrics and Single-Factor Rubrics
  • Book Reference: The Impact Cycle; Gather Data Participant Guide

Section 9: The Instructional Playbook

Takeaways include: 

  • Table of Contents
  • One Pagers
  • Checklists
  • Book Reference: The Instructional Playbook

Section 10: Classroom Management

Takeaways include:

  • Learner-Friendly Culture
  • Power Over; Power With
  • Freedom Within Form
  • Expectations
  • Witness to the Good
  • Fluent Corrections
  • Book Reference: High-Impact Instruction

Section 11: Engagement

Takeaways include:

  • Thinking Prompts
  • Effective Questions
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Stories
  • Authentic Learning
  • Book Reference: High-Impact Instruction

Section 12: Achievement

 Takeaways include:

  • Guiding Questions
  • Formative Assessment
  • Learning Maps
  • Book Reference: High-Impact Instruction

Section 13: Leadership - Leading Ourselves

Takeaways include:

  • Walking on Solid Ground
  • The Power of Purpose
  • Managing Time
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  • Book Reference: The Better Leaders Participant Guide

Section 14: Leadership - Leading Others

 Takeaways include:

  • Multipliers and Diminishers
  • Confronting Reality
  • Understanding School Culture
  • Balancing Ambition and Responsiveness
  • Book Reference: The Better Leaders Participant Guide

Section 15: System Support - Leading Ourselves

Takeaways include:

  • Role Clarity
  • Time
  • Confidentiality
  • Learning Architecture
  • Book Reference: What Principals Need to Know Participant Guide

Section 16: Putting It All Together

Takeaways include:

  • Revisiting the Seven Success Factors
  • Addressing Unanswered Questions
  • Remote Learning
  • Equity

Teams of 10 or more receive 15% discount on post-Institute coaching support.

Institute Details

Resources Provided

  • The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (Knight 2021)
  • Evaluating Instructional Coaching (2021)
  • The Instructional Playbook (Knight 2019) book bundle
  • The Impact Cycle (Knight 2017) book bundle
  • Better Conversations (Knight 2015) book bundle
  • High-Impact Instruction (Knight 2012)
  • Better Leaders workbook
  • What Administrators Need to Know About Instructional Coaching workbook

Graduate Credit

Attendees of The Intensive Instructional Coaching Institute are eligible for 3 graduate credits through University of the Pacific.

Learn more here

Cancellation Policy

10 or more days prior to the event – full refund

Less than 10 days prior to the event – no refund


Note: Your registration may be transferred to someone else, or transferred to a future Institute (in-person or virtual), at any time with no penalty attached.

Contact Us

Prefer a face-to-face experience?

The on-site Intensive Institute is a five-day, in-person event created for both new and experienced instructional coaches. Takes place in Lawrence, Kansas.

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