The Coach’s Playlist is a two-minute read packed with information based on an essential part of coaching.


This week’s topic: An Instructional Playbook

The Idea: Instructional coaches need to have a deep understanding of the strategies they share with teachers. An instructional playbook helps coaches deepen their knowledge, then communicate that depth of knowledge effectively.

Contents of a Playbook: An instructional playbook contains the following parts:

  1. a short list of the highest-impact teaching strategies (H.I.T.S)
  2. one-page summaries for each of the strategies
  3. checklists that explain specific examples of those strategies

Quotation: “Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.” Edward Tuft

Book: Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, Sharon Tomas, The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice.

Resource: Success Factor # 2:  The Instructional Playbook, a blog post by Sharon Thomas

Free Webinar: The Instructional Playbook (60 minutes)


  • Can you easily list off the strategies you share with teachers?
  • Do you understand those strategies deeply?
  • Can you explain them clearly and comprehensively?

Professional Development: Better Conversations workshop