Building Skills and Literacy for Equitable Advancement
Technology is built into nearly every aspect of our daily lives and how we learn and work. Today, digital resilience – the awareness, skills, agility, and confidence to be empowered users of new technologies and adapt to changing digital skill demands – is more important than ever for active participation in society and the economy. Yet research shows that an estimated 32 million Americans struggle to use a computer, and half of all Americans say they are not confident using technology to learn.
Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) is an initiative from JFF, World Education, and Safal Partners, with support from The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), to better prepare adult education practitioners who support learners that struggle to fully engage in tasks that demand the use of digital technologies.
Through DRAW, we will provide the field with flexible, evidence-based, and piloted strategies and materials that help teachers build the digital literacy skills and digital resilience of adult learners. These efforts will help to ensure adult learners can obtain the digital knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary education and training, employment, civic engagement, and economic self-sufficiency.
- 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.
- Identify and curate existing resources for assessing and developing digital literacy skills and resilience;
- Co-create additional resources to fill gaps identified in the landscape scan;
- Developing a Digital Library to pull resources together in user-friendly, flexible formats with actionable strategies that work with diverse adult learner populations, including beginning-level English learners.
- Train adult education professionals in how to integrate high-quality resources into their instruction.
How can you get involved?
Visit this DRAW page during this project for frequent updates. Join the following communities:
Fall 2021 – Spring 2022
This project is funded by the U. S. Department of Education OCTAE/DAEL contract GS10F0094X. The views expressed in this project do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education and its contents should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal government or the funding agency.