For more than two decades, Jim Knight and his research colleagues in Kansas have been working to identify best practices for instructional coaching. Jim’s most recent research will be summarized in two books: Observing for Impact, which describes how coaches should gather data that research identifies as most important, and The Instructional Playbook, which describes an essential tool coaches need to create so they can clearly explain the teaching strategies they share with teachers.

In this institute, you’ll go deep into two core aspects of coaching: setting goals and identifying and describing high-impact teaching strategies. You will also receive many tools to use while coaching and communicating.
What content is included?
Instructional coaches partner with teachers to set and meet goals by implementing high-impact teaching strategies. This two-day event is designed to help teachers develop important skills in both areas.

This session is designed to deepen participants understanding of what research says about effective goals, and how coaches should partner with teachers to ensure the goals set will lead to real improvements for students. Participants will learn about the most important data coaches should gather to set goals.

Additionally, this session will provide coaches with a chance to deepen their knowledge of the teaching strategies they share by creating instructional playbooks for the most important teaching strategies they share. To be effective, coaches need to have a deep understanding of the practices they share with teachers. Creating an instructional playbook ensures that coaches have that knowledge, and this workshop ensures that coaches know how to create a playbook. Participants will learn about the elements of the instructional playbooks they will use with teachers, and then create many of the parts of their own playbook.
How will this institute work?
This session will be “hands-on” and practical to encourage meaningful dialogue, reflection, and action planning.
Books / Resources Included:
  1. The Gathering Data Toolkit
  2. The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice
  3. The Instructional Playbook Participant Guide
The institute addresses the following questions:
  • What data does research identify as most important for coaches and other leaders to gather?
  • What do coaches and leaders need to do to ensure that the data they gather is reliable?
  • What are the elements of effective goal setting according to research?
  • Why is an instructional playbook an essential tool for any coach or educational leader?
  • What does research say about the power of checklists?
  • How should coaches and leaders share checklists in a way that is empowering for the learner?
Participants will:
Develop a clear understanding of the data points (e.g., time on task, ratio of interaction, teacher talk and student talk, instructional and non-instructional time) they will need to gather in classrooms to help teachers get a clear picture of reality, set goals, and monitor progress toward goals.
  • Understand how to define and gather data related to behavioral, cognitive, and emotional engagement.
  • Receive tools that they can use to help teachers gather data about student achievement.
  • Learn how to identify the most important teaching strategies that can be shared with teachers.
  • Learn and practice the creation of one-page summaries for all identified strategies.
  • Learn and practice the creation of checklists or precise explanations for all identified strategies.
Instructional Coaching - Part Two is designed for instructional coaches, site-based professional developers, principals, and anyone who is or supports instructional coaches. However, because the session focusses on core aspects of translating research into practice - gathering data, setting goals, and identifying and describing teaching strategies - it should be valuable for anyone interested in effective professional development that leads to professional learning.
About the Instructional Coaching Group
The Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) was formed in 2007 by Jim and Jenny Knight to provide professional development for educational organizations, both on-site and through Institutes and Conferences offered at their home base in Lawrence, Kansas and around the world. Jim and his associates, who are professional learning consultants, facilitate professional development sessions, consult on topics related to leading instructional change, and provide coaching for instructional coaches.
Jim Knight
Jim Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. He has written several books on instructional coaching including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction (2007), Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction (2011), High-Impact Instruction (2013), Focus on Teaching (2014), Better Conversations (2015), and The Impact Cycle (2018). Knight has also authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as Educational Leadership, The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan. Jim earned his PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Knight also writes the Radical Learners blog.
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Upper School Eichenweg 2,
8134 Adliswil,
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Hotel details:
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Address: Zurichstrasse 105
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Email: welcome@ibiszurich.ch
Tel: +41 44 711 85 85

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration at 8:30 am
on the 29th February 2020
USD 1,050 Closing Date 1st February 2020
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development hours, Lunch and 2 coffee breaks.
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