Digital Resilience in the American Workforce: Technical Assistance Pilot Program

At a Glance

The Technical Assistant (TA) Pilot Program is a training program for instructors in adult digital literacy programs whose work is funded under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), as well as state professional development leaders. The pilot offers participants an opportunity to engage in peer learning and develop plans for using materials created by the DRAW team to enhance digital literacy instruction and make supplementary resources available to adult education learners. This program will include a webinar, state and local courses, and coaching.

Call for Pilot Participants

State adult education programs that are eligible for funding under of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)—Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—are invited to apply to participate in the Technical Assistance (TA) Pilot Program.

Please note that only the state director (or a designee) can apply. We recommend that the state’s professional development leader help complete the application and that program leaders identify qualified instructors for participation.

Instructors and state leads who participate in the pilot will learn how to integrate DRAW materials, methods, activities, and tools into adult education programs and professional development trainings. The application opens on September 1, 2022, and closes on October 7, 2022.

This pilot is free for participating states and programs. Please review the overview document for further details. If you have any questions, please email Decisions will be announced in December 2022.

The application takes about 21 minutes to complete. We recommend that you draft and save your responses in a Word document like the one linked here. When you’re ready to submit your application, you can copy your responses from the document and paste them into the application.

Application Overview

Learn everything you need to know about the TA Pilot Program, the application process, and important dates in this application overview.

Goals & Outcomes

Adult education professionals will do the following in the Technical Assistance Pilot Program:

● Learn how to navigate the wide field of digital literacy resources and how to locate the resources they need through the Digital Skills Library.

● Apply DRAW digital literacy instructional strategies and resources into their programs with the support of an instructional coach.

● Engage in the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) community technical assistance and professional development training.

● Receive professional development support that enables them to be strategic and learner-focused in their lesson planning and instruction.

To learn more about adult basic education, download the DRAW Landscape Scan.

Findings from a National Landscape Scan on Adult Digital Literacy Instruction

Professional Development Resources

On August 18, the DRAW team hosted an informational webinar for state adult education directors and state professional development leaders on how to apply for this professional development opportunity. Download the slide deck from that presentation and check out the webinar recording to learn more about the TA Pilot Program and the findings from the DRAW Landscape Scan.