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Learn More About the Digital Resilience in the American Workforce Initiative

Posted on 10/8/2021

Digital Resilience in the American Workforce or DRAW banner with JFF and WorldEd logos

Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) is a new initiative from JFF (Jobs for the Future) and World Education, with support from The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), to better prepare adult education practitioners who support learners who struggle to fully engage in tasks that demand the use of digital technologies. This struggle is because of the barriers learners face when accessing, developing skills, and using digital technologies. DRAW aims to:

  • Support professional development (PD) that enables teachers to be strategic and learner-focused in their lesson planning and instruction;
  • Support adult education programs in designing effective, flexible technology-enabled education and support services; and
  • Provide state Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funders and their PD providers with models, guidance, and resources for supporting funded programs as they sustain and expand digital literacy efforts.

For more information about the DRAW initiative, you can visit this WorldEd webpage.

JFF and WEI are currently conducting a landscape analysis to better understand the following:

  • Initiatives, emerging practices, research, and existing resources to support digital literacy instruction;
  • PD for adult education practitioners looking to integrate instruction and assessment of digital skills into their contexts; and
  • Gaps that exist in these areas and what investments are needed to better support the field.

The JFF-WorldEd team would like to hear from you on any of these topics! If you would like to share your input with the team, please feel free to contact Rachel Pleasants McDonnell at rmcdonnell@jff.org.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN180031 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.