Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Thursday Interview - Jim Knight on Elevating the Teaching Profession

Join me Thursday, January 3rd, for a live and interactive interview with Jim Knight, on his book High Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching. Jim 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. High Impact Instruction focuses on planning, instruction, and community building to help elevate the teaching profession and support fundamental changes in education.
One reason why many teachers are not striving to be there best is that poorly designed professional learning can actual inhibit growth by de-professionalizing teachers, treating them like workers on an assembly line rather than professionals doing emotionally complicated knowledge work... If we are to get the schools our children deserve, we need to start by treating teachers as professionals.
I'm particularly interested in how Jim then moves from his discussion of instructional practices to building "safe, productive, joyous learning community" in classrooms, especially balancing freedom with structure for students and co-constructing the learning--and how the learning experiences for teachers and students are parallel.

Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and an audio mp3 recording is at  Other interview recordings are available available at
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at

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