TARL TALKS:

A TaRL Africa Webinar Series

Since 2019, TaRL Africa and its partners have embarked on a mission to enhance the foundational literacy and numeracy skills of children in Sub-Saharan Africa using the evidence-based Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach. In collaboration with governments and organisations, TaRL Africa has supported the design and scale-up of TaRL interventions in more than 15 countries. 

Over the past five years, we have leveraged robust and data-driven approaches to contextualise and deliver TaRL programmes to suit local needs. Innovation has also been key to our journey and growth. We have now tested novel solutions that improve aspects of TaRL programming such as teacher training, assessments, and classroom dynamics. 

We are proud of the scale and reach of our work. Surpassing our initial goal, we have already reached more than 5 million learners through completed and ongoing TaRL programs. These learners have demonstrated significant improvements in their learning outcomes, with a remarkable 20-percentage point change in reading and maths from baseline to endline assessments.

 

Over the years, TaRL Africa and its partners have gained invaluable insights into TaRL interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Building on the African Union’s “Year of Education,” we aim to share these learnings through ‘Unpacking TaRL in Sub-Saharan Africa’ — a series of webinars to be held throughout the year. 

The webinars are expected to be interactive sessions with speakers from government and partner organisations. The webinars will address the following key topics:

  • The Impact and Spread of Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Maximising Teacher Support and Mentoring in TaRL programmes
  • Harnessing TaRL Assessments for Effective Action
  • Innovations to Strengthen TaRL Classroom Delivery
  • Scaling TaRL Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

To kick start the series, we begin with a webinar on The Impact and Spread of Teaching a the Right Level (TaRL) in Sub-Saharan Africa on April 4 at 1100 EAT | 0900 WAT | 1000 CAT | 0800 GMT | 1700 JST. This webinar reflects on the impact and spread of different TaRL models across Sub-Saharan Africa.  

The webinar features three panellists: 

  • Noam Angrist (What Works Hub Academic Director and Co-Founder of Youth Impact)
  • Nobuhiro Kunieda (Senior Adviser for Basic Education)
  • Ashleigh Morrell (Programs and Partnerships Director, TaRL Africa). 

Noam will present research on the influence of the TaRL delivery models and implementation fidelity on learning outcome impact. Kunieda will present on scaling up TaRL through school management committees in Niger and Madagascar. Ashleigh will present on the adaptation of TaRL programming across contexts and over time in sub-Saharan Africa. 

We anticipate an interactive and enlightening experience as we embark on this collective journey. 

 

Watch the Webinar #1  video

Learn more about the TaRL Approach here.

Join us for ‘Empowering Educators: Insights on Effective Teacher Support for TaRL from Research and Practice,’ the second installment of TaRL Africa’s webinar series, TaRL Talks. The webinar delves into the crucial role of teacher support in driving TaRL programmes and is scheduled for 21 May from 16:00 to 17:30 EAT | 14:00 to 15:30 WAT | 09:00 to 10:30 ET.

For this webinar, our panel of experts will draw on their research and experiences to highlight the core elements that foster effective teaching practices and promote lasting student learning outcomes in TaRL interventions.

Our speakers include:

  • Brad Olsen, Senior Fellow – Global Economy and DevelopmentCenter for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution: Brad will set the stage with insights into what we know about effective teacher support.
  • Daniele Ressler, Director of Measurement, Learning and Evaluation at TaRL Africa: Daniele will provide an overview of TaRL Africa’s Learning Agenda and its significance in shaping teacher support initiatives in TaRL programming.
  • Morgan Kabeer, Engagement Director at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics: Morgan will shed light on teachers’ experiences implementing TaRL (“Catch Up”) in Zambia and how these findings can improve teacher support.
  • Dr. Andreas de Barros, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Education: Andy will discuss the factors that lead to instructional change, drawing from his qualitative research in Zambia.
  • Dr. Vikram Kamath Cannanure, Postdoctoral researcher, Saarland University: Vikram will showcase innovative approaches to teacher support, highlighting the potential of technology in strengthening educational practices in Côte d’Ivoire.

 

Watch the Webinar #2  video 

Details on our 3rd Webinar Coming Soon!

 
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