Jim Knight

Jim Knight, senior partner of Instructional Coaching Group, 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.  Knight’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. Knight directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Knight also leads the Intensive Instructional Coaching Institutes and the Teaching Learning Coaching annual conference. Knight 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.

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‘Data’ shouldn’t be a dirty word

By Jim Knight and Michael Faggella-Luby | April 1, 2022

Coaches can use data to increase learning, engagement, and hope.

Coaching with impact: Enacting partnership principles through the Jim Knight coaching model

By Jim Knight, Amy Musante, Andrew Wayne and Debbie Davidson-Gibbs | January 25, 2022

In this webinar, Jim Knight shares the partnership principles that form the foundation of his coaching model.

When times are tough, show compassion.

By Jim Knight | December 1, 2021

The twin hardships of COVID-19 and political polarization are wearing down even the most resilient among us. Unfortunately, at a time when people really need us to show compassion, some of us are finding it harder and harder to be compassionate. Compassion, as Sara Schairer (2019) has explained, is different from both sympathy and empathy. […]

What I’ve learned from a traumatic accident

By Jim Knight | October 1, 2021

The morning of July 4, I went for an early morning bike ride on my usual loop around my hometown. Just after starting, I hit a slippery patch on the trail, causing my wheels to go out from under me, and I crashed, shattering several bones in my hip and pelvis. I had to have […]

The moral universe won’t budge unless we move it

By Jim Knight | June 1, 2021

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” —Martin Luther King Jr. Do you agree with King’s often-quoted statement? In light of the heartbreaking and racist events I see in the news almost daily, I can’t say I’m sure. What I do believe, however, is that the moral universe will […]

Real learning happens in real life

By Jim Knight | April 1, 2021

Real learning happens in real life