Guidance for Conducting CLASS® Observations of Virtual Teaching (Teachstone)


Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of schools and programs have decided to adopt either a totally online program of instruction or a hybrid model of instruction for the beginning of the 2020 school year. This has prompted questions about whether or not the CLASS measure may be used for observing in virtual classrooms and, if so, what observers need to know prior to conducting observations.

This document focuses on synchronous learning experiences. There are two ways to conduct CLASS observations of synchronous teaching. The first is for the observer to be present during the session. The second is for the observer to code a recording of the lesson. In both of these cases, observers can find some applicable recommendations in Teachstone’s guidelines for observing from video.