Jim Knight: Creating an Impact School – Professional Learning That Makes a Difference

  1. You want to learn in an environment that has high demands and accountability and high levels of safety (learning zone). – Jim Knight #WSRA13
  2. #WSRA13 We do not understand how complicated it is for one adult to help another. @jimknight99
  3. Check out Prochaska’s book Changing for Good (1994) on helping others take the journey toward growing as a professional. – J Knight #WSRA13
  4. Great way to possibly prompt instructional change: Have teachers watch a videotape of themselves teaching. – Jim Knight #WSRA13 #educoach
  5. Ask teachers questions about what they think they do and students do (i.e. # of questions asked). Then watch instruction. – Knight #WSRA13
  6. @jimknight99 #WSRA13 Speaking the bold truth if it doesn’t get heard, doesn’t accomplish much. Not speaking it at all does even less.
  7. #WSRA13 Teaching is personal so when teachers are told they are not competent or are criticized they stop listening. @jimknight99
  8. “First you must know your principles.” – @jimknight99 #WSRA13 #Wow! principle #1 – The Principle of Equality
  9. To not be continuously improving is unprofessional. – Jim Knight #WSRA13 #educoach
  10. Instructional Coaching needs to be a two way conversation. (Reciprocity) – @jimknight99 #WSRA13
  11. When setting a building goal, there needs to be understanding, agreement, and commitment. – Jim Knight #WSRA13
  12. 3 Critical elements – Understanding, Agreement, Commitment -@jimknight99 at #WSRA13 Instructional Coaching
  13. @jimknight99 guiding. Principles for school improvement: equality, choice, voice, reflection, and reciprocity. #WSRA13
  14. Teachers need ownership in creating the building goals. Principals need to use data to identify what needs the focus. – Jim Knight #WSRA13
  15. If you are going to share data with teachers, make sure it relevant to the teachers and actionable. – Jim Knight #WSRA13 #educoach
  16. #WSRA13 If you want teachers to create the school you want you must treat them like professionals. @jimknight99
  17. #WSRA13 Teachers must understand your school improvement plan in order for change to happen-must be based on data the Tt own. @jimknight99

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

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