Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction

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Corwin Press, Nov 23, 2010 - Education - 314 pages
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"Unmistakable Impact takes us deeper into the realm of grounded school improvement--a great contribution to the field."

--Michael Fullan, Professor and Author

University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Centre for Teacher Development

"This book 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."

--Dennis Sparks, Former Executive Director

Learning Forward

A focused approach to school improvement that hits the mark

A staggering amount of evidence shows that our schools are not as effective as they should be, and they are working toward improvement. 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 describes how to translate staff members' joy of learning into high-leverage practices that achieve dramatic student outcomes. 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

Helpful resources include tangible tools and reproducibles for use by principals, workshop leaders, professional learning communities, and instructional coaches. When everyone learns, every student receives excellent instruction every day in every class. Unmistakable Impact provides the roadmap to remarkable results.

 

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This was a book given to me to help support my coaching role and I just got around to reading it now. I particularly liked the reminders of the principals of partnership; equality choice, voice ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Impact Schools
1
Chapter 2 Partnership
19
Chapter 3 Principals
48
Chapter 4 Instructional Coaching
90
Chapter 5 Workshops That Make an Impact
132
Chapter 6 Intensive Learning Teams
175
Chapter 7 Partnership Communication
207
Final Thoughts
239
Impact Toolkit
241
Research
285
References and Further Readings
298
Index
306
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About the author (2010)

The winner of several teaching, innovation, and service awards, Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research and Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. Frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches, he has presented and consulted throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan.

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