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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Creating an Unmistakable Impact

Dr. Jim Knight's latest book, Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction is on my best book list for the summer.  Dr. Knight focuses upon school as a system and how to develop a school that will have an "unmistakable" impact on the learning of both adults and students.  This well designed book is structured to create a lasting impression with the reader.  The message is loud and clear in every chapter:  we need to create caring partnerships in school uniting staff and students with the goal of dramatic improvement. Dr. Knight defines what a partnership looks like and includes.  Then, he applies that definition to those who make are responsible for improvement efforts in schools:  teachers, principals, and instructional coaches.  He provides in-depth explanations with real examples of how to design and connect professional development workshops with the mission of the school and those charged with carrying out that mission.  The book is rich with wonderful resources to read in further depth.  Throughout the book, Dr. Knight emphasizes a goal of 90% engagement for all!  Unmistakable Impact had a huge impact on me as I am sure will have on you too!

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