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The Impact Cycle
What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching



August 2017 | 288 pages | Corwin

 

"Jim Knight is one of the wise men of coaching. His well is deep; he draws from it the best tools from practitioners, the wisdom of experience, and research-based insights. And he never loses sight of the bigger picture: the point of all this is to have more impact in this life we're lucky enough to live."

—MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER, Author of The Coaching Habit

Identify . . . Learn . . . Improve

When it comes to improving practice, few professional texts can rival the impact felt by Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching. For hundreds of thousands of educators, Jim bridged the long-standing divide between staff room and classroom offering up a much a more collaborative, respectful, and efficient PD model for achieving instructional excellence.

Now, one decade of research and hundreds of in-services later, Jim takes that work a significant step further with The Impact Cycle: an all-new instructional coaching cycle to help teachers and, in turn, their students improve in clear, measurable ways.

Quintessential Jim, The Impact Cycle comes loaded with every possible tool to help you reach your coaching goals, starting with a comprehensive video program, robust checklists, and a model Instructional Playbook. Quickly, you’ll learn how to 

  • Interact and dialogue with teachers as partners
  • Guide teachers to identify emotionally compelling, measurable, and student-focused goals
  • Set coaching goals, plan strategies, and monitor progress for optimal impact
  • Use documentary-style video and text-based case studies as models to promote maximum teacher clarity and proactive problem solving
  • Streamline teacher enrollment, data collection, and deep listening

Jim writes, “When we grow, improve, and learn, when we strive to become a better version of ourselves, we tap into something deep in ourselves that craves that kind of growth.” Read The Impact Cycle and soon you’ll discover how you can continually refine your practice to help teachers and students realize their fullest potential.

View Jim Knight’s Impact Cycle video trailer:

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
CHAPTER 1. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO IMPROVE?
What Is Instructional Coaching?  
Three Approaches to Coaching  
Deep Learning, Deep Coaching  
 
CHAPTER 2. IDENTIFY: GETTING A CLEAR PICTURE OF REALITY
Getting a Clear Picture of Current Reality  
Using Video to Get a Clear Picture of Reality  
Learning From Students  
Putting It All Together  
 
CHAPTER 3. QUESTIONS TO IDENTIFY A PEERS GOAL
PEERS Goals  
Questions to Identify a PEERS Goal  
The Identify Questions  
 
CHAPTER 4. LEARN
Describing Teaching Strategies  
Instructional Playbooks  
Modeling Teaching Strategies  
 
CHAPTER 5. IMPROVE
The Improve Stage of the Impact Cycle  
Step 1: Confirm Direction  
Step 2: Review Progress  
Step 3: Invent Improvements  
Step 4: Plan Next Actions  
 
INSTRUCTIONAL COACHES’ TOOLKIT
Strategies for Enrolling Teachers  
Data-Gathering Tools  
Instructional Playbook  
Strategies for Assessing Student Attitude  
 
Appendix: Lean-Design Research
Development of the Impact Cycle  
Lean-Design Research  
Interviews  
 
References
 
Index

"Jim Knight is one of the wise men of coaching. His well is deep, and he draws from it the best tools from practitioners, the wisdom of experience, and research-based insights. And he never loses the bigger picture: the point of all this is to have more impact in this life we're lucky enough to live."

Michael Bungay Stanier
Author of The Coaching Habit

"I have had many opportunities to learn with and from Jim Knight. I’ve learned as a participant in his workshops, reading his books, and being on panels with him. Now, The Impact Cycle adds to my skills and insights. Jim’s vision of the coach as a partner who sets goals with the teacher, strategizes with and supports the teacher, and monitors changes with the teacher until the goal is met will assist many instructional coaches in targeting their efforts. Student- focused goals will be a game changer in many coaching initiatives and guarantee that coach and teacher investment in teacher learning is impacting student learning."

Dr. Stephen Barkley, Executive Vice President
PLS 3rd Learning

"Once again, Jim Knight has earned his reputation as the reigning expert in instructional coaching. With his trademark clarity and heart, Knight manages to capture both the simplicity and complexity of coaching in an accessible, detailed, and nuanced framework for instructional coaches. Packed with insight, concrete examples, and practical tools, The Impact Cycle is an indispensable guide for coaches who want to make the biggest possible difference for students."

Nancy Love, Director
Program Development at Research for Better Teaching in Action

"Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance. Jim Knight’s work has helped me understand the details of how effective coaching can and should be done."

Dr. Atul Gawande, surgeon, public health researcher, and author of The Checklist Manifesto
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

"Continuous improvement is fueled by a focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning. The Impact Cycle provides educators with the strategies and the tools necessary to make that improvement a reality. I have had the opportunity to see how Knight’s model works first-hand and can attest to its effectiveness. The emphasis on effective partnerships with shared responsibility and ownership combined with a goal-oriented coaching cycle results in lasting and meaningful changes for teachers and students. This book shares a clear vision for powerful instructional coaching along with the specific steps to make that vision a reality. Knight's The Impact Cycle is essential reading for educators who are committed to real and lasting change."

Dr. Jadi Miller, Director of Curriculum
Lincoln Public Schools

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