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

January 28, 2020

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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 (behavioral, cognitive, and emotional) as part of an effective coaching cycle.

This webinar was based on Jim Knight’s article, “Students on the margins,” from the December issue of The Learning Professional.

Participants will:

  • Understand why student engagement matters;
  • Be able to define engagement and understand how to measure it;
  • Gain strategies to increase behavioral, cognitive, and emotional engagement; and
  • Learn a three-stage process for effective coaching.

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Post-webinar Q&A with Jim Knight (Questions from webinar attendees)


Jim Knight is a senior research associate at KUCRL and director of the Kansas Coaching Project. He has spent close to two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. He has served as the principal investigator of grants and contracts totaling nearly $30 million all devoted to the study of professional learning and instructional coaching. He has written or co-authored several books on the topic including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by Corwin and Learning Forward (2007) and Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction (2011). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management (2006) and also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives (2008). Knight has authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Educational Leadership, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan.

Knight earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Knight also hosts Talking About Teaching on the Teaching Channel. His current work can be found and followed at,, or