Instructional Coaching Series By Jim Knight


SWS 2017 Series


You are invited to attend a premier Instructional
Coaching event by the world-renowned Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Group.


Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching Group has worked with 30,000 instructional coaches over the last 10 years, throughout 50 states and six continents.

This 5-part series is focused on improving teaching to improve learning, and is comprised of simple step-by-step processes that coaches and educators can master.

  • January 24: The Complexity of Helping and The Impact Cycle
  • January 25: Better Conversations for Better Coaching
  • February 20: Video and Data in Instructional Coaching
  • February 21: High Impact Instruction for Great Teaching:  Instructional Coaching to Increase Student Engagement (Building and Instructional Coaching Playbook
  • March 22:  Instructional Coaches as Effective Leaders

Event Speakers


Southwest Schools Jim KnightJim Knight Ph. D, 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’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.” Read More >


Southwest Schools Ann Hoffman

Ann Hoffman, M.Ed. is a Professional Development Leader for the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning with more than 30 years of experience. She started her career as both an elementary and middle school teacher. She went on to work at an intermediate agency where she was assigned to 20 teachers each year to consultant, coach, as well as conduct professional development.  She has now trained and coached hundreds of professional developers for the University of Kansas, CRL. Read More >

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Brentwood Baptist Church
13033 Landmark
Lifelong Learning Center
Houston, TX 77045
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What You’ll Learn:

Understanding how to work with adults (which we refer to as understanding the complexities of helping and the partnership approach)

Understanding the coaching cycle

Understanding high-impact teaching practices

Understanding how to gather data and use video as a part of coaching

Effective communication skills

Effective leadership skills and systems thinking (what principals need to know about coaching)

January 24

The Complexity of Helping and The Impact Cycle

Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching session will describe what instructional coaches do, distinguish between effective and ineffective coaching practices, and provide an overview of the current state of research on coaching. Specifically, this session addresses the following questions:

  • What is instructional coaching and how does it differ from other forms of coaching?
  • What can a coach do to foster commitment in others?
  • What is the theoretical foundation of instructional coaching?
  • Which communication strategies can a person use to build healthy relationships with other professionals?
  • What are the various activities instructional coaches do (enrolling teachers, pre-conferencing, observing classes, modeling in and outside the classroom, and debriefing), and what are the effective ways in which they should be conducted?
  • What does research say about effective coaching practices?
  • How can coaches build coherence and disseminate ideas across schools?
  • Which leadership skills enable coaches to lead reform efforts in their school?
January 25

Better Conversations for Better Coaching

The Knight-developed training on Better Conversations is a critical component of effective coaching—it’s no add-on to squeeze in. Effective communication strategies are essential for professional success. Coaches, leaders, and educators who make the greatest impact know how to communicate their message clearly, build healthy emotional connections with others, and maneuver emotionally complex situations in ways that allow them to speak the truth in a way that will be heard—the very practices this workshop explores.

This workshop, based on Jim Knight’s book Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other To Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected (2016), offers an intensive one-day exploration of six Better Conversation Beliefs and ten Better Conversation essential communication habits that can help anyone communicate more effectively at work or at home. Communication is the lifeblood of coaching, and the more effectively coaches communicate, the more effectively everyone learns: teacher and students.

February 20

Video and Data In Instructional Coaching

To improve our teaching methods, we must understand what our current teaching methods are; and this is impossible to do based only on our own perceptions or even feedback from observers. A classroom is a dynamic environment and there is always a lot going on that can be missed in the moment.

The solution, according to renowned professional development expert Jim Knight, is video. In the Focus on Teaching book and workshop, Knight turns to the vast and disruptive potential of video recording to reach new levels of excellence in schools. This PD builds on Knight’s prior bestsellers to show how every classroom can easily benefit from setting up a camera and hitting “record.”  The PD includes:

  • Strategies that teachers, instructional coaches, teams, and administrators can use to get the most out of using video
  • Tips for ensuring that video recordings are used in accordance with ethical standards and teacher/student comfort levels
  • Protocols, data gathering forms, and many other tools to get the most out of watching video

With Jim Knight’s expertise and the latest in video technology, positive change in your classroom will be immediate and long-lasting.

February 21

High Impact Instruction for Great Teaching: Instructional Coaching to
Increase Student Engagement (Building and Instructional Coaching Paybook)

When it comes to improving instruction, teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators have literally hundreds of options. But which teaching practices are the few that show the greatest potential to improve student learning? Researchers at the Instructional Coaching Group have been exploring this question for the past decade. The result, described in Jim Knight’s High-¬‐Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching, focuses on the instructional areas of content planning, formative assessment, engaging instruction, and community building.

This High Impact Instruction workshop provides an overview of the high-yield teaching strategies built into the framework for great teaching described in High-Impact Instruction, also known as the Big Four. Specifically, participants will learn about:

Engaging Instruction, involving thinking prompts, effective questions, cooperative learning, stories,  authentic learning..

Participants will:

  • learn the 14 high-impact teaching practices in the Big Four Great Teaching Framework.
  • discuss each teaching practice with other participants to gain multiple perspectives on the learning that is shared.
  • hear about teaching practices being implemented by educational leaders from across the country.
  • learn how instructional coaches can provide the intensive support necessary for high-quality implementation of the Big Four teaching practices.
March 22

Instructional Coaches as Effective Leaders

Effective coaches are also effective leaders. This workshop identifies nine essential leadership tactics that coaches will leverage to effectively lead and support teachers and facilitate student achievement improvement.

Hurry! Space is Limited!

Space for this conference are limited to 100 educators.

$950 Includes All 5 Dates!

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