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Impact Coaching

Impact Coaching
Scaling Instructional Leadership

February 2018 | 216 pages | Corwin

Invest in building talent. The best principals don’t just happen. 

When new principals are handed the keys and left to make decisions about their schools without adequate, sustained support, what happens? Too often, school improvement efforts don’t gain full traction, principals often give up and leave and real student gains remain out-of-reach.

Impact Coaching bucks the notion of leaving principals to learn the ropes on their own. This book offers a solid, sustainable, and laser-sharp focus on instructional leadership and helps leaders hone, model and lead new learning through deliberate practice by:

Engaging in rich, rigorous, and reflective open-to-learning conversations with both coaches and colleagues to improve instructional leadership practices

Leveraging their 5 Big Winner Practices for highest impact

Using Linking Walk templates to apply new ideas to real scenarios that improve lead learner practices

This book could be your single most impactful investment toward eventual student achievement. 

"The authors do a great job of sharing the benefits of coaching and elaborating on how the coaching partnership should and could look. The book is very relevant, clearly based on research, and has some great checklists to further clarify the recommended steps."
–Kathy Rhodes, Principal
Hinton Elementary, Hinton, IA

“Impact Coaching provides school leaders with the tools to turn opportunity into action. Educational leaders possess an incredible capacity to influence the system and impact student learning. Ray and Julie Smith present strategies for focusing on leadership practices that maximize impact on student learning and achievement. This book will re-ignite your commitment to creating effective change, bolster your confidence to persist through challenges, and renew your motivation to reach your fullest potential. The authors will simultaneously inspire your soul and challenge your mind!”
–Russell J. Quaglia, President/Founder
Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

Foreword by Jim Knight
Retain Your Investment in Leadership

Promote Continuous Learning

Where Do Impact Coaches Come From?

Special Features

Who Is This Book For?

Introducing Rachel Hazel, Featured Coachee

About the Authors
Chapter 1: Why Do School Leaders Need Coaching?
The Dubious Quality of Traditional Professional Development

Common Forms of Coaching

Research on Leadership Coaching

Key Takeaways

Going Deeper

Chapter 2: Leveraging Your Five Big-Winner Leadership Practices
The 80/20 Rule

High-Impact Instructional Leadership Practices

Key Takeaways

Going Deeper

Chapter 3: What Does Impact Coaching Look Like?
The Impact Coaching Cycle

Key Takeaways

Going Deeper

Chapter 4: Partnership Principles and Theories of Practice
Knight’s Partnership Principles

Theories of Practice

Key Takeaways

Going Deeper

Chapter 5: Impact Partner Communication
Why Conversations About Improvement Can Be Difficult

Conducting Open-to-Learning Conversations

Key Components of an Open-to-Learning Conversation

Engaging in Behaviors That Mediate Thinking

Key Takeaways

Going Deeper

Chapter 6: Engaging School Leaders and Starting the Journey
Getting School Leaders Amenable to Coaching

Making Change Happen: Hall and Hord

Key Functions of Change and Professional Learning in Schools

The Components of Impact Coaching

Key Takeaways

Going Deeper

Chapter 7: Modeling, Observing, and Collaboratively Exploring Data
Impact Coaching Process Tools

Key Takeaways

Going Deeper

Chapter 8: The End of Impact Coaching: Scaling Instructional Leadership
What Do We Now Know?

Learning About Impact Coaching During Coaching

Our Challenge to You

Section 1: Feedback Cue Card

Section 2: Instructional Leadership Elements Rubrics

Section 3: LinkingWalk Evidence-Gathering Templates

Section 4: Theories-of-Practice Self-Assessment Tool


"The authors do a great job of sharing the benefits of coaching and elaborating on how the coaching partnership should and could look. The book is very relevant, clearly based on research, and has some great checklists to further clarify the recommended steps."

Kathy Rhodes, Principal
Hinton Elementary, Hinton, IA

"This book is full of valuable information that is presented in a clear and concise way. Due to its organization and conversational writing style, the book readily lends itself to a book study with collaborative teams."

Jessica McMillan, Instructional Coach
Ferry Pass Middle School, Pensacola, FL

"This book is well organized and cohesive. Examples and tables provide support throughout. Key takeaways at the end of each chapter help to reinforce the main points."

Angela M. Mosley, High School Principal
Essex High School, Tappahannock, VA

"In Impact Coaching, Smith and Smith present a valuable resource for coaches, leaders, and aspiring coaches and leaders. Synthesizing relevant literature and their own work in K-12 settings, the authors lay out a comprehensive set of tools and strategies for improving practice through coaching. I used the text in my graduate course on instructional supervision, and my students raved about its relevance and utility for their professional goals."

Dr. Jerry Johnson, Professor
School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, University of Central Florida

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ISBN: 9781506361826