Jim Knight: Focus on Teaching – Using Video to Improve Professional Learning

Jim Knight: Focus on Teaching – Using Video to Improve Professional Learning

November 6, 2017 – November 7, 2017 all-day
Hampton Inn Conference Center
Lower Mountain View Dr
Colchester, VT 05446
Cost: CVEDC members *$500 Non -members *$550 *Includes 2 day institute, meals, Jim Knight’s book

A 2-day Institute with Jim Knight
November 6 & 7, 2017

Dates: November 6 & 7, 2017; 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30 light breakfast and lunch included)

Target Audience: Intensive professional development for teachers, coaches, teams, and administrators

What is the purpose of this institute?

Video is the single greatest technological advancement educators have experienced since the invention of computers. Video is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, power tool for learning, that helps educators get a clear picture of reality, set goals, and monitor progress until those goals are met. Many teachers, coaches, and administrators who use video as a central part of their professional learning report that after using video, they can’t imagine professional learning that doesn’t involve video recording of lessons.

As video has become more affordable and portable, school districts across North America have begun to explore how to use the technology for improving teaching effectiveness. They are discovering how powerful video can be for self-reflection, coaching and teamwork. However, some are also discovering that when video is not implemented effectively, its impact will be significantly decreased. 

This institute, based on Jim Knight’s book Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction (2014), offers an intensive two-day exploration of how video can be used by teachers, instructional coaches, teams, and administrators. Anyone interested in making video a part of professional development should find this institute useful.

What content is included in this institute?

This institute will provide intensive professional development for teachers, coaches, teams, and administrators on the following topics.

The Power of Video: Why video is such an important and necessary tool for professional learning.

Getting Started with Video: How to implement guidelines for success to create a psychologically safe environment and how to address practical concerns that inevitably arise when getting started with video.

Instructional Coaches: How instructional coaches can use video to assist teachers as they get a clear picture of reality, set goals, and monitor progress toward goals. This part of the presentation will include a review of the Impact Cycle that stands at the heart of instructional coaching.

Teachers: How teachers can use video to coach themselves. This part of the presentation will include an introduction to many free tools that educators can use to analyze what is happening in their classrooms.

Teams: How teams can make video a central part of their collaborative learning. This part of the presentation includes a discussion of how teams can be designed to be psychologically safe. Discussion will also include different ways in which video to be used by teams to learn a practice, discuss common themes, like student engagement, or to provide team feedback to individual team members.

Principals:  How principals can set up and implement video-enhanced teacher evaluation and also strategies principals can employ to foster implementation.

How will this institute work?

This institute is designed to provide participants with an intensive learning experience so that they are ready to support the use of video in a variety of forms of professional development. To accomplish this, participants will learn the institute content through a combination of explanation by the presenter, small and large group discussion, practice, and planning.

Participants will:

  • identify their own beliefs about watching themselves on video, and how to decrease the fears that others may have about video recording themselves.
  • learn principles and practices that honor the professionalism of teachers and that lead to meaningful improvements for children.
  • learn about strategies and principles of action that foster the creation of psychologically safe environments for meaningful use of video.
  • hear suggestions on how to address practical concerns such as what kind of camera to use, where to point the camera, and why everyone should have a choice about whether or not they will record themselves.
  • learn procedures teachers, coaches, teams, and administrators can employ to use video effectively.
  • leave the session with many free tools that can be used with video to foster deeper professional learning.

Who should attend this institute?

The institute is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how video can improve professional learning.

*Includes 2 day institute, meals, Jim Knight’s book: Focus on Teaching: Using Video to Improve Professional Learning and a toolkit containing many resources educators can use to foster better teaching for better learning.

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knight2Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic, including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by
Corwin and Learning Forward (2007). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management. He also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives.
Knight has authored articles on instructional coaching and school improvement in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Kappan, and Teachers Teaching Teachers.
Several research projects directed by Knight include an IES-funded qualitative and quantitative assessment of coaching and Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, districtwide school reform project for the Topeka Public School District in Kansas. Knight also leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference offered by the University of Kansas.
Frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches, Knight has presented and consulted in more than 35 states, most Canadian provinces, and in Japan. He has a PhD in Education and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. He also writes the popular radicallearners.com blog.

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