Four hypotheses underlie Content Coaching:
- The focus of education needs to be on learning to learn, create, innovate, problem solve, communicate, and discern.
- In order for teachers to facilitate robust learning habits in their students, they need to practice these learning habits themselves.
- To improve instruction we need to focus on the underpinning concepts in a domain as well as attend to the development of skill within that domain. Therefore, teachers need to have deep and flexible knowledge about the content they teach and about how people learn that content.
- To ensure a consistent level of effective instruction across a school or district, it is necessary to think systemically and take actions that ensure that all the adults in the system are interacting in productive ways that increase the intelligence and knowledge base of both the individual and the collective.