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Unmistakable Impact
A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction

Foreword by Michael Fullan

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© 2011 | 336 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Learning Forward

"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: www.corwin.com/tlc

 
Foreword by Michael Fullan
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
Partnership  
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  
Listening  
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
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Michael Fullan

Preface


Supplements

Supplemental Resources Website
This companion website houses PDF versions of the tools contained in Resource A – the Impact Toolkit. Designed for easy download, use these tools in your meetings and PD sessions.

"Unmistakable Impact 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 must read for anyone who cares about learning, this book is from the heart. Knight uses his own experiences to describe processes and strategies for impacting student and adult learning in today’s schools."

Sandee Crowther, President
Phi Delta Kappa International

“Jim Knight's work has had a tremendous impact on the quality of our professional development practices that that are job-embedded and meet the REAL needs of our teachers. He is a consummate relationship builder who models how to establish the types of relationships necessary for second-order change to occur."

Carolyn J. Teigland, Associate Superintendent for Education Services
Cecil County Public Schools, Elkton, MD

"Jim Knight outlines a clear path to success for educators to make sense out of the complex nature of external mandates, competing initiatives and prevailing traditional models found within many schools and districts around the nation."

Ken Geisick, Superintendent
Riverbank Unified School District, CA

"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

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