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About the SkillRise framework

Technology is constantly driving big changes in work and commerce. In retail stores across the country, both consumers and sales associates are experiencing how technology changes the way we shop, the way we work and the way we supply stores.

Machines powered by artificial intelligence are changing the workplace, freeing up store associates to help customers aided by new technologies. These changes require a new skill set for what workers and job seekers must know in an increasingly technology-enabled, constantly evolving work environments.

To thrive in the digital era, all adults need to develop the digital competencies needed in today’s workplace. The SkillRise framework was created to help employers as well as adult-learning and workforce-development organizations understand how to leverage technology to improve education and training programs.

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Why SkillRise?

Approximately 36 million U.S. 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.

We provide resources that support the planning, implementation and sustainability of edtech solutions that prepare workers for the careers of today and tomorrow. As an initiative of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), SkillRise seeks to bring best practices from the fields of workforce development, adult basic education and educational technology together to help adult-learning organizations upskill workers for the careers of today and tomorrow.

About our partners

SkillRise is part of a collaborative, concerted effort among several organizations all seeking to empower adult learning advocates with digital tools. Working together, we bring the best from our respective fields to the table in order to support the best solutions for advancing adult learning today.


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Our Advisers

SkillRise is part of a collaborative effort among diverse organizations all seeking to empower adult learning advocates with digital tools. Our framework was informed by a team of advisers from the education technology, adult basic education and workforce development fields.

Technology Advisory Group

  • 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, entrepreneur in residence, JFFLabs; president, PunchClock LLC
  • Jeff Goumas, president, CrowdED Learning
  • Yigal Kerszenbaum, managing director, Employment Technology Fund
  • 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, JFF


Development of the framework was made possible through funding by Walmart. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations this report presents are those of ISTE, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Walmart.

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