About the Author
Jim Knight has spent more than two decades studying professional learning, effective teaching, and instructional coaching. He is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the President of the Instructional Coaching Group. Jim wrote the first article on the topic of instructional coaching for "The Journal of Staff Development", and his book "Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction" (Corwin, 2007) popularized the idea. Jim edited "Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives "(Corwin, 2009) and co-authored "Coaching Classroom Management "(Pacific Northwest Publishing, 2010). Jim s other books include "Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach to Dramatically Improving Instruction "(Corwin, 2011), "High-Impact Instruction: A Framework or Great Teaching "(Corwin, 2013), and "Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction "(Corwin, 2014).Jim s articles on professional learning, teaching, and instructional coaching have appeared in journals such as "The Journal of Staff Development", "Principal Leadership", "The School Administrator", "Kappan", and "Educational Leadership." Frequently asked to lead professional learning, Jim has presented to more than 30,000 educators from six continents. He has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Jim also writes the Radical Learners blog.
Anne Sibley O Brienis a children s book author/illustrator whose passion for multiracial, multicultural, and global subjects comes from being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea. She attended Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in studio art. She lives with her husband in Maine. www.annesibleyobrien.com.