Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Group has worked with 30,000 instructional coaches over the last 10 years, throughout 50 states and six continents. Knight's coaching model is focused on improving teaching to improve learning, and is comprised of simple step-by-step processes that coaches and educators can master.
Knight and his colleagues have identified six essential domains (knowledge and skills) that need to be in place for instructional coaches to succeed. When any of these is missing, a coach's chances for success are significantly diminished. The domains are:
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)
Based on the research, content, and Knight's experience as the leading thought-leader in the field of Instructional Coaching, this unique and intensive institute offers professional development addressing all six areas.