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Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction Paperback – Illustrated, Nov. 23 2010
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A staggering amount of evidence shows that our shcools are not as effective as they should be, and they are working toward improvement. This book simplifies the process for becoming an Impact School through targeted, consistent professional learning that is done with teachers, not to teachers. Award-winning author Jim Knight describes how to translate staff members' joy of learning into high-leverage practices that achieve dramatic student outcomes. Charactersics of Impact Schools include: a focused, clearly defined improvement plan that takes into account the complexity of teaching and learning relationships; a school culture that encourages enrollment in ongoing professional development; alignment of purpose and actions among all staff members.
Helpful resources include tangible tools and reproducibles for use by principals, workshop leaders, professional learning communities, and instructional coaches. When everyone learns, every student receives excellent instruction every day in every class. Unmistakable Impact provides the roadmap to remarkable results.
About the Author
The winner of several teaching, innovation, and service awards, Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research and Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. Frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches, he has presented and consulted throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan.
- ASIN : 1412994306
- Publisher : Corwin; 1st edition (Nov. 23 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781412994309
- ISBN-13 : 978-1412994309
- Item weight : 630 g
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 1.93 x 25.4 cm
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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. Many districts have a school improvement plan, but I dare you to interview teachers to find out exactly what's on it. I daresay most will come up empty and some might recall one or maybe two points tops. Knight believes a one-page target document should replace the SIP -- a brief piece that lists goals teachers and principal have agreed upon, goals not only for teachers but for students. These will obviously be restricted to the most important goals to the school, ones that all hands must be on deck for. From that point on, it's up to the principal, the instructional coaches, and the teachers themselves to keep each other on target for the good of the school's students. The one-pager will out and in clear sight in every room.
Each chapter ends with two features, one called "To Sum Up" where Knight goes over the key details of the chapter and one called "Going Deeper" where Knight gives recommendations on titles you can pursue if you're intrigued by the highlights he mentioned from the work in that particular chapter. As any bibliophile/teacher book addict can attest, the "Going Deeper" sections are dangerous ground. One could easily go to an on-line bookstore and drop hundreds of bucks one-clicking interesting titles in the interest of "going deep" (Hail Mary, anyone?).
1. Impact Schools (an overview of where your school could be but probably isn't)
2. Partnership (the essential elements of gaining critical mass from the majority of personnel by making teachers partners in, not subjects to, carrying out reform... without it, you're going nowhere fast)
3. Principals (the linchpin of any move, principals are called by Knight "first learners" who must walk the talk themselves... otherwise, who's going to follow them?)
4. Instructional Coaching (if you're an IC or hope to be one, here in a nutshell are all the psychological and logistical keys to success... a wonderfully rewarding job that isn't easy and isn't for everyone)
5. Workshops That Make an Impact (what? that speaker I paid big bucks for didn't make an impact? duh....)
6. Intensive Learning Teams (all together now... to the tune of "United We Stand," please...)
7. Partnership Communication (a little self-help here on how to be a "partner" in school... some psychology and science come to the fore as Knight taps expertise on the dynamics of listening, asking good questions, finding common ground, etc.)
Overall, a great starting point for educational professionals who genuinely want to start changing their schools and need a blueprint to do it.