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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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 […]

Coaching with students at the center: The what, why, and how of coaching for student engagement

By Jim Knight | January 28, 2020

Coaching expert Jim Knight of the Kansas Coaching Project led an interactive discussion about why and how coaches’ work with teachers should address student engagement. Students who are engaged are more likely to come to class, learn, and ultimately stay in school. This webinar covered how to measure and improve three types of student engagement […]

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.

Conversations can kick off the coaching

By Jim Knight | March 1, 2007

Conversations can kick off the coaching