Based on The Impact Cycle (2017) by Jim Knight, this workshop describes the coaching cycle process 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 for students.

The Impact Cycle-the product of 20 years of ICG research ( - provides a framework for any classroom coaching scenario. Participants in this workshop will learn why the cycle is successful and will gain experience using it through examples and guided exercises.
Course Outline:
Week One: 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

[Participants will create a listing of the coaching requests they are currently receiving from teachers to determine which ones are surface coaching and which ones are candidates for deep, Impact Cycle coaching.]
Week Two: 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

[Participants video record themselves practicing setting a goal with the Identify Questions with someone else before week three.]
Week Three: The Learn Stage and The Improve 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
  • 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

[Participants will create a simple online tracking process for their Impact Cycles that uses the Impact Cycle Checklist they have created during weeks 2-4 as its foundation.]

[Participants will video record themselves practicing explaining an instructional strategy to someone else before week four.]
Week Four: 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
Necessary Resources:

The Impact Cycle – Kindle version
The Impact Cycle Handout pdf - Will be provided to you as part of the workshop
Potential Audience:
This workshop will appeal to decision makers, instructional coaches, site-based professional developers, principals, and all educators interested in learning more about instructional coaching.

The institute will address how to coach (methods that coaches can use to enable instructional improvements) not what to coach (instructional practices). This workshop is most appropriate for professional developers and other educational professionals who are interested in learning about how to accelerate professional learning in schools.
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), andThe 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.

30th October, 6th, 13th, 20th November 2021

EST 6:00 am | London 11:00 am | Zurich 12:00 pm | Dubai 2:00 pm | India 3:30 pm | Hong Kong 6:00 pm
Melbourne 8:00 pm

Each session is for 2 hours

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USD 400 Per Participant
Group Rate USD 350 Per Participant for a Group of 6 or more
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation will be issued for 10 Professional Development Hours