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Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction

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An innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction, and transforms school culture!

Instructional coaching is a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention that provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement school improvement programs. Experienced trainer and researcher Jim Knight describes
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Corwin Press
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Apr 14, 2008 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent book! Jim Knight covers the basics and more on instructional coaching no matter what you are a coach for. He begins with what does coaching look like then discusses the partnership philosophy. He gives a beginning coach direction and guidance on how to get teachers on board, strategies on how to support them and ends with 8 tactics for the coach to stay the course.
John Nolan
An ed school read, but very useful information
I totally agree with everything he says pretty much,
especially the idea of treating your co-workers as partners.
And his "pedagogy" for presentations is the way to go.
Julie Aquilina
I find that in most teaching-related books, I'm constantly searching through the theory to land on the practical: those tangible strategies I can try in my classroom or learning teams tomorrow. And, if you're like me that way, Chapter 7 has the most bang for your buck. I left with one big idea that I thought might be useful. Namely, Knight divides teaching into what he calls, "the big four." That is, "behavior, content, direct instruction, and formative assessment." As of now, I have a growing l ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Briana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I strongly recommend Instruction Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction to anyone working or aspiring to work as a literacy or instructional coach.

Instead of beginning with Chapter 1, I recommend starting with chapter 9, Coaches as Leaders of Change, and then circling back to chapter 1. Chapter 9 describes specific tactics for navigating the tricky nature of being both a leader and collaborative partner. Having the strategies suggested on hand as you begin or continue your co
Jul 08, 2015 Gill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful book in my journey as an instructional coach! I highly recommend.
Heidi Hodgins
Feb 27, 2012 Heidi Hodgins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a new Instructional Coach this book was a valuable resource. It was almost like Jim Knight was describing my world. I would highly recommended this book for any leaders in a school or Instructional Coaches. FYI...all the ICs in my school district read this book for a book study and it was a great tool for defining our roles.
Aug 01, 2012 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Fiiiiinally finished this one! I read this book for work, and finished all but the last chapter pretty quickly. There are some great ideas for instructional coaching in here--I'll have to go back through and review my notes, becauseI started it in the fall and don't quite remember the beginning!
This is probably a five-star book, but it took me months to read. Even professional books usually don't take me longer than a week. I read an article based on the book, and I think the article was plenty.
Mar 16, 2012 Christy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
Knight, who runs the Kansas Coaching Project, has put together a coaching handbook of sorts. His major belief is the partnership approach, or what some call shoulder-to-shoulder coaching.
Shaeley Santiago
Practical book about coaching. One of Knight's earlier books on the subject, so it is foundational in nature. Definitely one to refer back to frequently.
Apr 07, 2016 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you are an instructional coach or thinking about becoming one, you should read this book. So many useful nuggets of information!
Aug 02, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read with strong research-based practices. I liked the question stems and additional readings at the end of each section.
Jul 07, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it
Just finished to prepare for an interview. Great ideas on successfully implementing instructional coaching.
Aug 16, 2010 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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good practical advice to focus the work of Instructional coaches.
Sharon Richardson
I did not find this book particularly helpful.
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Sep 27, 2013 J.W. Cunningham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Job specific, but very informative.
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