Funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Education to Michigan State University, Coaching 101 is a collaborative effort to build a professional knowledge base for all Michigan instructional leadership and content area coaches. Its goal is to increase coherence among the various coaching roles so all coaches can effectively and productively work together on behalf of the schools they support. By extending each coach's understanding of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective coaching, Coaching 101 supports improved instruction and increased student achievement.

Effective coaches bring to their work a mindset, a skillset, general knowledge about coaching and school improvement initiatives, and a specialized knowledge of the work they will be doing with those they coach. The goal of Coaching 101 is to further develop coaches with a fundamental understanding of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be an effective coach in order to support Michigan's schools in increasing student achievement.