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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.

Workshops That Make an Impact
Workshops that make an impact

For decades, presentations and workshops have been the mainstay of professional learning in schools. On staff development days, teachers gather in the auditorium or cafeteria to hear someone speak about a certain topic, such as differentiated instruction or cooperative learning. Unfortunately, despite the best intentions of presenters and the value of the content delivered, too often these sessions don't make an impact. After the workshop, overwhelmed by the day-to-day demands of the classroom, teachers return to their students and rarely implement what was discussed in the workshop.

Jake Cornett and I (Cornett & Knight, 2009) looked at over 200 studies of professional development and found that one-shot traditional workshops rarely change professional practice. Worse, in a ...

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