Jim Knight

Jim Knight has spent more than two decades studying professional learning, effective teaching, and instructional coaching. He is a Founding Senior Partner of the Instructional Coaching Group and a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. Jim’s book Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction (Corwin, 2007) popularized the idea of instruction coaching. 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 (2011), High-Impact Instruction: A Framework or Great Teaching (Corwin, 2013), Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction (Corwin, 2014), and Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves to be More Credible, Caring, and Connected. His newest book is The Impact Cycle released in 2017. 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, Knight has presented to more than 100,000 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.


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