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Better Conversations for Coaching
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Coaching Success: Putting Conversation at the Heart of Professional Learning
“I thought I knew how to have a conversation; I’ve had millions of them. Some were good, others not so much so. But I want to have GREAT conversations, and Jim Knight has taught me how. The proof is in: Better Conversations are possible and the results are worth the investment.”
Our lives are enriched immeasurably by open and free conversation. When we engage in authentic dialogue, we are much more receptive to new ideas. After all, conversation is how we learn and grow across all aspects of our lives: in dialogue with our friends and family, colleagues, and professional mentors.
Jim Knight and his team have conducted extensive research on how to increase the amount and quality of dialogue occurring during professional conversations. The result is Partnership Learning, a method for planning and participating in meaningful exchanges in which transformative conversations play a central role. Partnership Learning is a simple, yet powerful, training methodology involving several core principles that are embodied in six easy-to-learn strategies:
Knight’s training on Better Conversations is a critical component of effective coaching—it’s no add-on to squeeze in. Effective communication strategies are essential for professional success. Coaches, leaders, and educators who make the greatest impact know how to communicate their message clearly, build healthy emotional connections with others, and maneuver emotionally complex situations in ways that allow them to speak the truth in way that will be heard—the very practices Knight’s workshop explores.
This workshop based on Jim Knight’s book Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other To Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected (2016) offers an intensive exploration of six Better Conversation Beliefs and ten Better Conversation essential communication habits that can help anyone communicate more effectively at work or at home. Communication is the lifeblood of coaching, and the more effectively coaches communicate, the more effectively everyone learns: teacher and students.
During this workshop, participants will:
This workshop is for all.
The registration fee includes a copy of Jim Knight’s book: The Reflection Guide to Better Conversations
Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and is the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent almost two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. He has written or co-authored several books 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 is frequently asked to lead professional learning and has presented and consulted across the country and internationally. Knight also leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. He has a PhD in Education from the University of Kansas, has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards and also hosts "Talking About Teaching" on the Teaching Channel and writes the radicallearners.com blog.
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Member Cost: $250 Non-member Cost: $325