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A focused approach to school improvement that hits the mark

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 provides tangible tools for translating staff members’ joy of learning into high-leverage practices that achieve dramatic results. 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

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Editorial Reviews

Dennis Sparks
"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."
Sandee Crowther
"Amust read for anyone who cares about learning, thisbook is from the heart. Knight uses his own experiences to describe processes and strategies for impacting student and adult learning in today’s schools."
Carolyn J. Teigland
“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."
Ken Geisick
"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."
Michael Fullan
"Unmistakable Impact takes us deeper into the realm of grounded school improvement—a great contribution to the field."
Stephanie Hirsh
“Jim Knight helps us to understand how learning can be infectious, energizing, and humanizing as he eloquently delineates the steps involved in creating an impact school. I suggest buying this book for all principals who want to strengthen their schools. I believe that Unmistakable Impact will be a resource they return to time and again."
Susan Farber
"The book introduces the reader to the theoretical framework, strategies, structure and findings from qualitative studies on instructional coaching to explain how partnership learning supports effective instruction and student achivement."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412994309
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 57,919
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent close to two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. He has written or co-authored several books on the topic including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by Corwin and Learning Forward (2007) and Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction (2011). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management (2006) and also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives (2008).

Knight has authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Educational Leadership, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan.

Frequently asked to lead professional learning, Knight has presented and consulted in most states, and eight countries. Knight also leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference in Lawrence, Kansas.

He has a PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Knight also hosts Talking About Teaching on the Teaching Channel and writes the blog.

Join Jim’s The Big Four Ning community.

Now, Jim Knight is offering his expertise in an online professional development opportunity!
Coming soon: an eStudy opportunity built around Jim's Instructional Coaching.

Visit our Professional Learning page for more information!

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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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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