Jim Knight on...Seven Success Factors for Instructional Coaching Programs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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This article was previously published by Jim Knight in the March 2015 edition of Principal Leadership

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Over the past decade, my colleagues and I at the Instructional Coaching Group and the Kansas Coaching Group at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning have collaborated with more than 20,000 instructional coaches from all continents except Antarctica. We've learned from our partnerships and research studies that instructional coaches will have a socially significant impact on how teachers teach and students learn when their coaching programs are built around seven success factors. We have also learned that coaches will struggle to have a positive impact on teachers and students when their coaching programs fail to address even one of the success factors. In order to have an impact, coaches in successful instructional coaching programs should:

  1. Understand the complexities of working with adults
  2. Use an effective coaching cycle
  3. Know effective teaching practices
  4. Gather data
  5. Employ effective communication strategies
  6. Be effective leaders
  7. Be supported by their schools and districts


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