Interested in learning a comprehensive and data-informed approach to conducting (in)formal classroom observations?

Curious to know how these observations can assess and advance Quality Teaching?

Join us for Mutual Mentors! 


The Quality Teaching Framework

The QT Framework represents a three-year effort to define teaching excellence across OSU. Forwarded by the Advancement of Teaching, stakeholders across campus consulted the research to create a set of guiding principles accepted by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Winter, 2021.

Mutual Mentors offers experiential learning opportunities to develop the skills and behaviors needed to conduct both informal (formative) and formal (summative) classroom observations and simultaneously advance Quality Teaching (QT) practices. Mutual Mentors is a research-based program that teaches the use of interpersonal skills, questioning techniques, and structured conversations. This program is intended to be mutually empowering, supportive, formative, and voluntary (not evaluative).


Mutual Mentors is available to anyone interested in learning how to conduct classroom observations, advance reflective dialogue, and/or obtain feedback on their teaching. This may include faculty, GTAs/GRAs, school heads, and other supervisors. In this case, it is best if you are actively teaching (in any modality) but those who *teach* in other contexts (i.e. consult, mentor, etc.) are also welcome to participate.


Trios of cross-disciplinary participants work together to learn, practice, and apply proven interpersonal skills and classroom observation techniques. Using mixed learning modalities, participants learn content asynchronously via Canvas; independently and collaboratively practice skills online and face-to-face; and apply the concepts during experiential learning opportunities in the field (classrooms). Throughout the program participants earn digital badges as evidence of their learning with an eye towards their own promotion and/or tenure.


Did you know that classroom observations are a critical component noted in OSU's Faculty Handbook? And that peer observations are one of the most frequently acknowledged methods for improving teaching? Here are some additional reasons why you should join us!

  1. Develop trust and rapport with cross-curricular colleagues.
  2. Enhance your communication skills.
  3. Engage in formalized intellectual coaching that advances reflective practices.
  4. Learn a unique and shared approach for conducting structured classroom observations.
  5. Practice research-based methods of collecting and analyzing teaching data.
  6. Investigate connections between observation data, changes in teaching practice, and professional renewal.
  7. To share and celebrate strengths with others.
  8. Have dedicated time to share your practices with colleagues and reduce isolation.
  9. Highlight areas for development and collaboratively work to create a plan moving forward.
  10. See your school's commitment to the professional development of teaching.

(Berk, 206, 201; Hattie, Masters and Birch, 2015; Marzano & Simms, 2013; Costa & Garmston, 2002; Knapper, 2001; Theall & Franklin, 2001; Braskampt, 2000)


FALL 2022!

Mutual Mentors launches Week 1, via Canvas.

There are two face-to-face sessions (Weeks 4 and 6) held in LINC 414.

Register soon as registration closes September 30, 2022.
Mutual Mentors Registration

Download the Fall 2022 Scope and Sequences as a PDF or view it below.

Mutual Mentors Scope and Sequences

Facilitator: Brooke Howland, Ed.D., Director of New Initiatives

The Center for Teaching and Learning


Facilitator: Emma Larkins, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant

The Center for Teaching and Learning