Would you like to:

  • Talk with colleagues about best practices for teaching?
  • Ignite (or re-ignite) your passion for teaching?
  • Reflect on your own teaching practices?
  • Observe other instructors in the classroom?
  • Create collaborative connections with other faculty members?

Then participate in the CTL’s Teaching Partners program!

What is the Teaching Partners program?

Adapted from the “Teaching Squares” program developed by Anne Wessely of St. Louis Community College, the purpose of the Teaching Partners program is to improve teaching skills and build community through a non-evaluative process of classroom observation and shared reflection. Partners are usually three to four faculty members from diverse disciplines who observe each others’ classes. Participants learn about the best practices of other faculty in order to improve their own teaching. Please note that the purpose of the program is NOT to have others observe you just so you can get feedback*; the purpose is to observe others so you can learn from them.

* If you would like an evaluative review of your classroom, please contact the CTL Director separately. There are also materials on the CTL website to facilitate formative classroom peer reviews.

Time commitment

Participants typically spend six or seven hours over the course of one semester in Teaching Partner activities which include:

  • Initial orientation and Partner introductions – 2 hours
  • Classroom visits – 2 or more hours
  • Share session – 1.5 hours
  • Wrap-up Celebration – 1 hour
  • Plus time spent communicating with Partners, reflecting on observations, and completing a pre- and post-self-assessment.


By participating in Teaching Partners you will have an opportunity to:

  • Observe, reflect, and celebrate good teaching,
  • Increase your understanding of and appreciation for the work of your colleagues, and
  • Formulate a plan for enhancing your own teaching based on your own observations and reflections, as well as the shared observations and reflections of your Partners.

Participants will also have first priority for CTL mini-grants for projects that result from these reflections.

If you are interested in participating in the Teaching Partners program during Fall 2017, please review the Teaching Partners Handbook to make sure you understand the goals and commitment, and then sign up here.