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The Instructional Playbook


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Jim Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying instructional coaching, writing several books on the topic. Jim's articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Jim directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Jim also leads the coaching institutes and the Teaching, Learning, Coaching annual conference. Jim has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and around the world. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.


Implementation is the core to success - and this elegant guide to creating Playbooks provides the tools to make coaching real, deep and have high impact.John Hattie
Author of Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement and Laureate Professor Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia The use of an instructional playbook has revolutionised how our teachers think about how they teach. A playbook moves the conversation beyond simply talking about what works to doing what works.Ray Swann
Deputy Headmaster and Head of Crowther Center, Brighton Grammar School, Melbourne, Australia Creating an instructional playbook is as much about the process as it is about the product. The chance to reflect on teachers' most frequent requests, to sift through the tools in a team's collective toolbox, to research and refine thinking collaboratively, to edit for clarity in language and purpose, and to learn from peers is a priceless learning opportunity for coaches and other stakeholders.Jacqueline Zimmerman
Secondary Instructional Coach Facilitator, Katy ISD, Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

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