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Unmistakable Impact

A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction

By: Jim Knight


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.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412994309
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 336
  • Publication date: November 23, 2010

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"Unmistakable Impact takes us deeper into the realm of grounded school improvement—a great contribution to the field.”
—Michael Fullan, Professor and Author
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Centre for Teacher Development

This book exemplifies everything Jim Knight advocates: a clear focus, respect for educators’ significant contributions, and the value that well-designed professional learning contributes to school improvement efforts.”
—Dennis Sparks, Former Executive Director
Learning Forward

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.

Join Jim Knight and other experts at the 2014 Instructional Coaching Conference to explore how whole school reform is enhanced when principals, teachers, and coaches use collaborative planning and effective Instructional Coaching techniques to improve student learning:



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Jim Knight

Jim Knight has spent more than two decades studying professional learning, effective teaching, and instructional coaching. He is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the President of the Instructional Coaching Group.

Jim wrote the first article on the topic of instructional coaching for The Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2007) popularized the idea. Jim edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives (Corwin, 2009) and co-authored Coaching Classroom Management (Pacific Northwest Publishing, 2010). Jim’s other books include Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach to Dramatically Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2011), High-Impact Instruction: A Framework or Great Teaching (Corwin, 2013), and Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction (Corwin, 2014).

Jim’s articles on professional learning, teaching, and instructional coaching have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Kappan, and Educational Leadership.

Frequently asked to lead professional learning, Jim has presented to more than 30,000 educators from six continents. He has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Jim also writes the Radical Learners blog.

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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