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Talking About Change

7 July | 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Change, growth, development are central to the mission of all teachers, instructional coaches, administrators and other educators. Learning conversations that inspire people to feel more alive, efficacious, and powerful, have enormous potential for good. For the past two decades, researchers at the Instructional Coaching Group have been studying conversations, and in this presentation, participants will hear about the particular beliefs, skills, and processes that they have found to be at the heart of life-giving conversations. Life is a conversation, and better conversations will lead to better lives. The main goal of this presentation is to share easy to implement powerful ways of moving a little closer to the kind of mutually humanizing conversations we likely all want to experience.

About Jim | Jim Knight, Founder and Senior Partner of Instructional Coaching Group (ICG), is also a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. Jim earned his PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.

The pioneering work Jim and his colleagues have conducted has led to many innovations that are now central to professional development in schools. Jim wrote the first major article about instructional coaching for the Journal of Staff Development, and his book Instructional Coaching (2007) offered the first extended description
of instructional coaching. Jim’s book Focus on Teaching (2014) was the first extended description of how video should be used for professional learning. Recently, writing with Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas, Jim co-authored two books: Instructional Playbooks and Evaluating Instructional Coaching.

Jim has written several books in addition to those described above, including Unmistakable Impact (2011), High-Impact Instruction (2013), Better Conversations (2015), The Impact Cycle (2018), and The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2021). Knight has also authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as Educational Leadership, The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan. Jim is also a columnist for Educational Leadership.
Through ICG, Knight conducts coaching workshops, hosts the podcast “Coaching Conversations,” and provides consulting for educational organizations around the world.


7 July
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
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Jim Knight, Founder and Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group