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 Ph.D. 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 coauthored two books: Instructional Playbook and Evaluating Instructional Coaching.
Jim has written or coauthored several books in addition to those described above, including High-Impact Instruction (2013), Better Conversations (2015), The Impact Cycle (2018), and The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching (2021). He 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, and 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.
Universal tools to craft the climate and culture of the whole school.
Tools to help teachers make a positive impact with all of their students.
Individualized interventions to support students with the greatest need.
Tools to develop and enhance explicit instruction across the curriculum and intervention programs to improve reading achievement.