Teacher Quality Partnership

Coaching Classroom Management with Jim Knight


Kennesaw State faculty, Cobb County teachers, and KSU Urban Education senior interns attended a daylong workshop about Coaching Classroom Management with @jimknight99presented by the Teacher Quality Partnership grant. Attendees were able to learn the components of instructional coaching (set goals, explain, model, observe, explore) and collaborate with each other to discuss implementation techniques. As teacher candidates attending Kennesaw State and throughout all of Georgia’s universities prepare for the transition to EdTPA, Jim Knight described the importance of these changes and how future educators will be able to improve their skills through video self reflection.

Attendees were able to enhance their skills in the following areas:

  • Partnership approach to working with adults
  • Partnership communication skills
  • Partnership leadership skills
  • Knowledge of Practices Survey (KoP)
  • Coaching Impact Tool (CIT)
  • Partnership Communication Self-Assessment Tool (PCSAT)
  • Partnership Leadership Self-Assessment Tool (PCLAT)
  • Coaching Time Monitoring Form
  • Regularly scheduled one-to-one coaching meetings
  • Collaborative sessions to develop checklists for all the practices coaches share
  • Video study groups to improving coaching and communication skills

Jim Knight is a research associate in the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning 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 totally 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.

He has a PhD 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:

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