KU Center for Research on Learning

KU Center for Research on Learning



Mission of the Kansas Coaching Project


The purpose of the Kansas Coaching Project is to study factors related to professional learning and how to improve academic outcomes for students through supports provided by instructional coaches. Instructional coaches are onsite professional developers who teach educators how to use evidence-based teaching practices and to support them in learning and applying these practices in a variety of educational settings.

The Kansas Coaching Project has conducted a broad array of R&D initiatives in school districts in over 30 states and provinces. Instructional coaching variables and protocols that have been found to be most heavily related to improved academic outcomes have been incorporated into an array of professional development workshops and institutes.

Director of the Kansas Coaching Project


Jim Knight

Jim Knight is a research associate in the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and director of the Kansas Coaching Project.
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Featured Coaching Video




What Coaches Need to Know About Change
Presented by: Michael Fullan
Instructional Coaching Conference

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