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Award-winning author Jim Knight outlines strategies for excellence that translate staff members’ joy of learning into high-leverage practices that achieve dramatic student outcomes.


During one of our instructional coaching institutes at the Kansas Coaching Project, a charming, warmhearted leader from a struggling inner-city school said what many people have said to me in one way or another over the years:

We can't wait. Our kids need to do better today. We can't wait to be nice to teachers. We can't do all this touchy-feely, listening stuff. Our teachers need to get better now. Or they need to be gone. Because our kids deserve better.

I am moved by her passion and her love for the children in her district, and I wholeheartedly agree that every student deserves nothing less than excellent instruction every day in every classroom. I also realize that instructional improvement would be much easier if ...

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