The Teach to Reach ACCELERATOR is a new Scholar programme, open to all immunization professionals involved with training or workforce development at national and sub-national levels.
You do not need to be a learning or training specialist to participate.
Over 2,000 Scholars have now been admitted to Teach to Reach Level 1 certification.
Applications are now CLOSED – but you are invited to the Teach to Reach Launch Event
What is Teach to Reach?
In 2015, 2016, and 2018, Teach to Reach conferences convened country immunization leaders with learning scientists, exploring the “art of the possible”, thinking through how we could approach training differently.
In 2020, building on these conferences, you are invited to join immunization Scholars to turn ideas into action. Together, we will transform immunization learning, education, and training to help your country – and all countries – progress faster toward the global goals.
Open to everyone
This is the first Scholar course open to everyone. If you applied for a Scholar course in the past but were not selected, this was probably because your profile did not fit the technical guideline that were the subject of the course. However, everyone in immunization is involved in learning, education, or training — and so everyone is encouraged to apply for Teach to Reach.
Who should apply?
If you work in immunization, you stand to benefit from this programme if:
You are involved in immunization learning, education, or training at the national or sub-national level.
You see the need to improve the quality of training you participate in, organize and/or deliver.
You are motivated to implement innovative ideas to improve immunization learning, education, and training.
You are naturally curious, are determined to improve your capabilities, or simply love learning with others.
You are welcome to apply whether or not your formal role involves learning, training, or professional development.
Level 1 Teach to Reach certification
This short (4 weeks) course provides participants with a simple, practical method to identify improvements for an existing training or learning initiative.
It is suitable for any immunization professional who wishes to improve learning, education, or training that they are involved in.
Level 1 learning objectives
To successfully complete the Teach to Reach Accelerator Level 1 certification, you are expected to be able to:
- Identify adult learning principles relevant to your training activities.
- Analyze an existing training in your own context to determine specific ways to improve it.
- Determine what learning approaches and solutions are relevant to your context and how to apply them.
- Develop a case study with recommendations to improve this training in your context using evidence-based learning approaches and solutions.
Level 2 Teach to Reach certification
This advanced course (6 weeks) engages Level 1 practitioners who wish to deepen their capabilities to develop, deliver, and evaluate effective learning, education, and training to improve performance outcomes.
Prior completion of Level 1 certification may be required to be accepted into Level 2.
Level 2 learning objectives
This advanced course builds on the Level 1 learning objectives to further develop the capabilities of participants to support immunization training improvement.
Level 1 Teach to Reach certification
16–20 March 2020
23–27 March 2020
30 March–3 April 2020
6–10 April 2020
13–17 April 2020
Level 2 Teach to Reach certification
Impact Accelerator Launch Pad
29 June–3 July
Inter-country peer review exercise
Global Teach to Reach Accelerator Event
7 September 2020
International Advisory Board
The Teach to Reach Accelerator is advised by an international advisory board composed of distinguished learning scientists and immunization leaders.
- Blanche-Philomene Anya World Health Organization (WHO)
- Jhilmil Bahl World Health Organization (WHO)
- Hassan Ben Bachire Cameroon EPI Manager
- Franck Hilaire BETE Bénin EPI Manager & Scholar Country Team Leader
- Joseph Biey WHO IST Ouagadougou
- George Bonsu Ghana EPI Manager (retired)
- Alan Brooks Bridges to Development
- Patricia Charlton The Geneva Learning Foundation
- Bill Cope University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Felicity Cutts London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (retired)
- Julie Dirksen Usable Learning
- François Gasse Independent consultant
- Khurram Hassan The Geneva Learning Foundation
- David Koffi ADS Conseil
- Godwin Mindra UNICEF
- Dramane Palenfo
- Chilunga Puta BID Network
- Tove Ryman Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Reda Sadki The Geneva Learning Foundation
- George Siemens University of Texas at Austin
- Riswana Soundardjee GAVI
- Denise Traicoff U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Karen Watkins The University of Georgia at Athens
- Laurie Werner PATH
- Chizoba Wonodi John Hopkins University
About the International Advisory Board (IAB) and the Scholar Approach
Context for Teach to Reach
To realistically meet the challenge of equitably extending vaccine coverage, we need to start paying more attention to the people who deliver vaccines. Countries and global partners already allocate considerable human and financial resources to immunization training. The delivery of immunization training, however, has not kept pace with the increasing cost and complexity of vaccination programs.
- There is an urgency of improving immunization training and performance, if we are to achieve the goal of immunizing 90% of the world’s children.
- There is an opportunity for funders, implementing partners, and program managers to take advantage of developments in learning science and instructional design, and by adapting, where appropriate, new tools and methods to strengthen the capabilities that are needed.
Participants should expect to:
- Dedicate at least 6-8 hours per week to course work.
- Participate remotely in the weekly, mandatory, 60-minute group discussion that will take place online once a week.
- Complete activities that have been divided into short daily tasks intended to be completed in 30 minutes.
Each set of course activities must be completed within a given week.
- Participants may schedule their work at any time during the week, except for the weekly group session which is scheduled at a fixed day and time each week.
- Those unable to attend for a legitimate reason will be asked to view the recording and complete a catch-up task.
- In addition to these required activities, there may be optional activities for specific topics.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they are able to meet the following requirements.
- Information technology: You will need to access the course web site on a regular basis (preferably every day). Participants need to have access to a reliable Internet connection and a standards-based browser less than two years old (Firefox, Safari, or Chrome). Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge users will be asked to use a standards-based browser for the course. Mobile-only users will need to use Mobile Chrome in desktop mode when working on their course projects.
- Internet: Specific guidance will be provided to those who have bandwidth limitations, intermittent access, or may suffer from disruption of their connection to the Internet.
- Languages: This course is offered in English and French. Participants are encouraged to schedule extra time if they are not fully proficient writing in the course language.
Upon successful completion of each Level and following validation of each final project and assignments by the course team and subject matter experts, you will receive the corresponding Level’s Scholar certificate of completion and participation from the Geneva Learning Foundation.
- Each certificate is valid for a duration of three years.
- Certificate holders agree to show upon request a portfolio of their work that includes the project(s) produced in the programme.
Research and evaluation
The Geneva Learning Foundation review projects developed by Scholars, and may consider some of them for use in the Foundation’s communication, advocacy and training efforts. If this is the case, the Foundation will contact you to request your agreement and, if needed, to address any sensitive issues related to its content. Learners may also be invited to participate in education research by the Geneva Learning Foundation and its research partners to evaluate the efficacy of this learning initiative. Participation in this research is completely voluntary, and you may stop taking part at any time. In cases where learners do not consent, no learner data will be collected. Participation or non-participation will have no effect on assessment of your performance in the course or your present or future relationship with the Geneva Learning Foundation or its Partners.
The Geneva Learning Foundation is a Swiss non-profit with the mission to develop, trial, and scale up new ways to lead change to tackle the challenges that threaten our societies.
Teach to Reach is being developed by The Geneva Learning Foundation with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).