Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) is a new initiative from JFF and World Education, 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 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.
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.