Jim Knight

Jim Knight ( is director of the Kansas Coaching Project at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and president of the Instructional Coaching Group.

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Real learning happens in real life

By Jim Knight | April 1, 2021

Real learning happens in real life

How to foster hope in tough times

By Jim Knight | February 1, 2021

At the beginning of every new year, I create a playlist for my friends filled with music that brings me joy. I call it my happy list. This year, as I chose my songs, I realized that a theme was emerging: new beginnings. As Nina Simone sings, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, […]

Take time for self-care

By Jim Knight | October 1, 2020

We are experiencing at least five major disruptions simultaneously: a global pandemic, fears about the economy, a national reckoning about racism, divisive rhetoric from Washington, and, if we work in schools, a deep uncertainly about what it is that is we actually do as professionals and how, as schools navigate between remote, hybrid, and face-to-face […]

Students on the margins

By Jim Knight | December 1, 2019

Coaching needs to address student engagement as well as achievement.


By Jim Knight | January 1, 2009

In the past decade, interest in the form of professional learning loosely described as coaching has exploded.

5 Key Points To Build A Coaching Program

By Jim Knight | January 1, 2007

A cross America today, hundreds of instructional coaches are being hired to improve professional practice in schools. Preliminary results (Knight, 2007) suggest there are reasons to be optimistic about this form of professional development. Since coaches provide on-site professional learning, they can adapt their approach to meet the unique needs of the teachers and students […]