About ICG

We are dedicated to creating professional development for coaches, teachers, and leaders so students experience better learning, better lives.

100,000+

instructional coaches trained

27+

countries implementing

20+ YEARS

developing instructional coaching

Who We Are

Led by Jim Knight and backed by over twenty years of research and experience working with over 100,000 coaches from all around the world, the Instructional Coaching Group’s coaching experts work to help educators develop the skills and tools they need to make an unmistakably positive impact in student’s lives.

Meet the ICG Team

How We Work

Our research has helped us identify several factors that are essential for developing and sustaining a great coaching program. We help people in organizations learn and implement these factors through workshops, institutes, and consulting.

Research

We have been studying instructional coaching for more than two decades. The goal of our research has always been improving education for every student.

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Professional Development

We host workshops and institutes to help coaches, teachers, and administrators learn and implement the factors, habits, and strategies they need to succeed.

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Consulting

ICG’s trained consultants are available to meet with districts to help create plans for developing and supporting highly effective coaching programs.

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Work With ICG

our partnership principles

At its core, a partnership approach is about treating others the way you would like to be treated. We see coaching as dialogical. Instead of dictating exactly what someone should do to improve, we believe a respectful and collaborative dialogue paves the way to positive change. We work from 7 Partnership Principles to guide all of the work we do.

Equality

One partner does not tell the other partner what to do; both partners share ideas and make decisions together as equals.
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Choice

Choice positions teachers as the final decision-makers—partners who choose their coaching goals and decide which practices to adopt.
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Voice

Coaches who follow the principle of voice learn from their teachers, and teachers feel safe expressing what they think and feel.
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Dialogue

Coaches who foster dialogue actively seek out others’ ideas and share their own in a way that encourages discussion.
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Reflection

“Looking back,” “looking at,” and “looking ahead” is engaging, energizing, and essential to professional development.
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Praxis

All professional learning needs to involve real-life application, ensuring that coaching is productive, meaningful, and helpful to teachers and students.
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Reciprocity

Learning is not a one-way street, so coaches should also learn during the coaching process, not just the coachee.

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Reciprocity

Learning is not a one-way street, so coaches should also learn during the coaching process, not just the coachee.

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Stories of Impact

“We initially attended the Teaching | Learning | Coaching Conference in Kansas City last October to develop our coaching skills with our newly appointed task of evaluating teachers. We were very concerned—being district office administrators—at entering a building and having meaningful dialogue with our teachers concerning their teaching practices in a way that would produce fruitful partnerships. Our experience at the conference and in our roles since has been such a joy as a result of some of the practices we have applied since the training.”

Instructional Supervisor
Tennessee