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Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction 1st Edition

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"Unmistakable Impact exemplifies everything Jim Knight advocates: a clear focus, respect for educators’ significant contributions, and the value that well-designed professional learning contributes to school improvement efforts." (Dennis Sparks, Former Executive Director 2010-08-13)

"A must read for anyone who cares about learning, this book is from the heart. Knight uses his own experiences to describe processes and strategies for impacting student and adult learning in today’s schools." (Sandee Crowther, President 2010-08-17)

“Jim Knight's work has had a tremendous impact on the quality of our professional development practices that that are job-embedded and meet the REAL needs of our teachers. He is a consummate relationship builder who models how to establish the types of relationships necessary for second-order change to occur." (Carolyn J. Teigland, Associate Superintendent for Education Services 2010-08-17)

"Jim Knight outlines a clear path to success for educators to make sense out of the complex nature of external mandates, competing initiatives and prevailing traditional models found within many schools and districts around the nation." (Ken Geisick, Superintendent 2010-09-07)

"Unmistakable Impact takes us deeper into the realm of grounded school improvement―a great contribution to the field." (Michael Fullan, Professor and Author 2010-09-27)

“Jim Knight helps us to understand how learning can be infectious, energizing, and humanizing as he eloquently delineates the steps involved in creating an impact school. I suggest buying this book for all principals who want to strengthen their schools. I believe that Unmistakable Impact will be a resource they return to time and again."
(Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director 2010-10-01)

"The book introduces the reader to the theoretical framework, strategies, structure and findings from qualitative studies on instructional coaching to explain how partnership learning supports effective instruction and student achivement." (Susan Farber, University of Cincinnati 2012-05-01)

About the Author

Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic, including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by Corwin and Learning Forward (2007). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management. He also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives.

Knight has authored articles on instructional coaching and school improvement in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Kappan, and Teachers Teaching Teachers.

Several research projects directed by Knight include an IES-funded qualitative and quantitative assessment of coaching and Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, districtwide school reform project for the Topeka Public School District in Kansas. Knight also leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference offered by the University of Kansas.

Frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches, Knight has presented and consulted in more than 35 states, most Canadian provinces, and in Japan. He has a PhD in Education and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. He also writes the popular radicallearners.com blog.

Now, Jim Knight is offering his expertise in an online professional development opportunity!Visit our Professional Learning page for more information!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1st edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412994306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412994309
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good stuff, though maybe not for every teacher, mostly because it is of a more theoretical bent, explaining how we can turn our schools into what Knight calls Impact Schools. One way is to embrace the "Big Four" and focus on behavior (classroom management), planning of content, delivery of instruction, and assessment for learning (formative, as we call it). It all intrigued me enough to order his most recent title, High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching, which promises to focus on classroom applications -- my bread and butter, thank you.

One thing you have to give Knight is his scholarly approach. I've read books where sources are named and even explained in the copy, but this tops all. Knight is a reading machine who clearly lives and breaths not only research on pedagogy but on what drives humans. Meaning: He also mentions books the business world resorts to when trying to get the most out of its managers, books like Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline and Atul Gawande's Checklist Manifesto.

While teachers may find material of interest here -- teachers big on an overall game plan and interested in instigating a "vision" for their schools -- the book really speaks to principals and instructional coaches (essential, according to Knight, for help in following up professional development). In fact, PD is the lifeblood of an impact school. As Knight so neatly puts it, "When teachers stop learning, so do students." And yet, in many schools, PD budgets are anemic or wasted one-day wonders, where teachers dutifully attend, nod their heads in agreement (or boredom), then return to business as usual in their classrooms. Ah, education!

I especially like the book's emphasis on simplicity.
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Dr. Knight understands the essential components that must be in place to bring school change efforts to great heights. In his new book, Dr. Knight goes full-throttle by threading new knowledge culled from his national and international work, into the strong foundational principles established in his earlier work. I highly recommend interviewing and observing teachers and administrators who have attended Dr. Knight's professional development institutes and conferences. In such schools, you will find teachers and administrators working in harmony, striving for the common good, openly reflecting on their practices,and collaborating to deeply examine problems that require creative solutions. In sum, if you desire to do more than make a splash with a new district initiative, read this book and take your schools to new heights! Discover how to make an unmistakable impact!
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By Kim on December 8, 2012
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Jim Knight has changed education with his publications! This book should be read by all teacher leaders and all building leaders. In a deliberate and well-planned sequence, Knight provides you with a methodology for making positive school change to improve student outcomes. This book is a must-have!
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Knight is the "it" name of instructional coaching and educational leadership these days. He has good insights and many of his ideas are highly usable. Many times these types of books are all fuss and no feathers and full of good sounding edu-speak with very limited actual application. Knight is not that at all. His ideas are very useable.
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Any educational organization can definitely benefit from this book. My suggestion to school districts is to engage all staff, from the top leaders to the campus staff in Unmistakable Impact!
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Great read, a challenge for educators to put into practise, but the impact could be just as described amazing remarkable.
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I found this book to be trite and boring. Would not continue reading, but it is a required textbook. Really surprised they are using this one.
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