Content Coaching is a strategic, systemic approach to improving student learning, focused on the instructional core: planning, implementing, reflecting on, and refining lessons based on evidence of student learning or lack thereof.
Content Coaching centers coaching on applications of conceptual content knowledge that provide all students with access to the domain under study. Content Coaches know that if students are to learn important and relevant content well, teachers need to focus their lessons on the big ideas, structures, and/or essential questions relevant to the discipline. Teachers need to deeply understand those ideas and structures and learn to make them accessible to students.
Content Coaches have expertise in at least three areas:
• The content they are helping others teach;
• Ways of effectively teaching that content; and
• How children learn that content.