The UTeach Observation Protocol

The UTeach Observation Protocol (UTOP) is an observational instrument that can be used to assess the overall quality of classroom instruction from kindergarten to the undergraduate level. The UTOP was designed to allow individuals to evaluate teaching effectiveness while valuing different modes of instruction. We have specifically considered instruction in a spectrum from inquiry-based instruction to direct instruction.

The UTOP for Mathematics and Science has been tested and is used in several school districts.

Professional Development for UTOP Implementation

If you are interested in implementing the UTOP instrument, professional development support is available and highly recommended. Support typically entails an initial face-to-face workshop (minimum of two days) with additional web-based follow up to calibrate observers after using the instrument.

For more information, including fees and availability of trainers, please contact Peggy Pitts at

Research related to the UTOP