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August 15, 2019

Approximately 36 million American workers lack the basic literacy, numeracy, and digital skills needed to thrive in today’s workforce. Many of these workers are employed in low-wage jobs and face limited career potential. SkillRise seeks to change this.

An initiative of the International Society for Technology in Education, SkillRise seeks to bring together best practices from the fields of workforce development, adult basic education, and educational technology to help adult-learning organizations upskill workers for the careers of today and tomorrow. This effort produces resources that support the planning, implementation, and sustainability of edtech solutions that prepare workers for future careers.

SkillRise is part of a collaboration among diverse organizations that seek to empower adult learning advocates with digital tools. The framework was informed by a Technology Advisory Group that includes:

  • Chike Aguh, principal, McChrystal Group; partner, Inncuvate
  • Susan Bearden, chief innovation officer, Consortium for School Networking
  • Patti Constantakis, director, Adult Learning Initiatives, Digital Promise
  • Josh Copus, director, JFFLabs
  • Jeff Goumas, president, CrowdED Learning
  • Yigal Kerszenbaum, managing director, ETF@JFFLabs
  • Sarah Thomas, regional technology coordinator, Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Jen Vanek, director of digital learning and research, EdTech Center @ World Education
  • Alison Ascher Webber, director of strategic initiatives, EdTech Center @ World Education
  • Angela Williams, digital skills program director, Goodwill Industries International Inc.
  • Stephen Yadzinski, managing director, Acceleration, JFFLabs
Access the complete framework

Podcast | UpSkill with EdTech

Upskill with Edtech, a production of SkillRise and an initiative ISTE, explores how digital tools can be used to accelerate innovation in teaching and learning. Host: Stephen Yadzinski, managing director, Acceleration, JFFLabs. Available on Apple & Google Podcasts.
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