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Unmistakable Impact

A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction
By: Jim Knight

Foreword by Michael Fullan

Award-winning author Jim Knight outlines strategies for becoming an Impact School through targeted, consistent professional learning that is done with teachers, not to teachers.

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  • Grade Level: K-12
  • ISBN: 9781412994309
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 336
  • Publication date: May 31, 2012

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A focused approach to school improvement that hits the mark

A staggering amount of evidence shows that our schools are not as effective as they should be, and they are working toward improvement. This book simplifies the process for becoming an Impact School through targeted, consistent professional learning that is done with teachers, not to teachers. Award-winning author Jim Knight describes how to translate staff members’ joy of learning into high-leverage practices that achieve dramatic student outcomes. Characteristics of Impact Schools include

  • A focused, clearly defined improvement plan that takes into account the complexity of teaching and learning relationships
  • A school culture that encourages enrollment in ongoing professional development
  • Alignment of purpose and actions among all staff members

Helpful resources include tangible tools and reproducibles for use by principals, workshop leaders, professional learning communities, and instructional coaches. When everyone learns, every student receives excellent instruction every day in every class. Unmistakable Impact provides the roadmap to remarkable results.



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Jim Knight

Dr. Jim Knight, Founder and Senior Partner of Instructional Coaching Group (ICG), is also 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. Jim earned his PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.

The pioneering work Jim and his colleagues have conducted has led to many innovations that are now central to professional development in schools. Jim wrote the first major article about instructional coaching for the Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching (2007) offered the first extended description of instructional coaching. Jim’s book Focus on Teaching (2014) was the first extended description of how video should be used for professional learning. Recently, writing with Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas, Jim introduced the idea of instructional playbooks with their book on that topic.

Jim has written several books in addition to those described above, including Unmistakable Impact (2011), High-Impact Instruction (2013), Better Conversations (2015), The Impact Cycle (2018), and The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2021). 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 is also a columnist for Educational Leadership and.

Through ICG, Knight conducts coaching workshops, hosts the Facebook Live Program, “Coaching Conversations,” and provides consulting for coaching programs around the world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Fullan



About the Author

1. Impact Schools

The Best Jobs

The Failure of the American School System

Unmistakable Impact

Core Concepts of an Impact School

What You Will Find in This Book

To Sum Up

Going Deeper

2. Partnership

Helping Others

Partnership: The Theory Behind Impact Schools

Equality: Professional Learning With Teachers Rather Than Training Done to Teachers

Choice: Teachers Should Have Choice Regarding What and How They Learn

Voice: Professional Learning Should Empower and Respect the Voices of Teachers

Reflection: Reflection Is an Integral Part of Professional Learning

Dialogue: Professional Learning Should Enable Authentic Dialogue

Praxis: Teachers Should Apply Their Learning to Their Real-Life Practice as They Are Learning

Reciprocity: We Should Expect to Get as Much as We Give

To Sum Up

Going Deeper

3. Principals

Leading Schools and the Partnership Principles

Principals as Designers

The Target

The Big Four

Creating the Target

Observing and Monitoring Teacher Progress

Principals as First Learners

Making It All Happen

Getting Support From Central Office

To Sum Up

Going Deeper

4. Instructional Coaching


Partnering With Administrators

Workshops and Intensive Learning Teams

Components of Coaching

Who Should Be a Coach

To Sum Up

Going Deeper

5. Workshops That Make an Impact

Take the Partnership Approach

Address the Impact Factors

Use Effective Design

Apply Learning to Real Life

Deliver the Message Powerfully

Connect With the Audience

Walk the Talk

Keep the Energy High

Use Dialogue Architectures

Tell Stories

To Sum Up

Going Deeper

6. Intensive Learning Teams

The Challenge

Partnership Principles

Address Impact Factors

Partnership Facilitation

Intensive Learning Teams

To Sum Up

Going Deeper

7. Partnership Communication

Partnership Principles and Communication


Good Questions

Finding Common Ground

Controlling Difficult Emotions

Love Your Partners

To Sum Up

Going Deeper

Final Thoughts

Resource A: Impact Toolkit

Administrator Resources

Big Four Observation Tools

Teacher Progress Map (TPM) Resources

Coach Resources: What Coaches Do

Additional Tools

Intensive Learning Teams

Resource B: Research

Research on Coaching

Research on Workshops

Research on Intensive Learning Teams

References and Further Readings




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