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20NTC Session

Workforce EdTech: Select & Integrate Tech for Adult Learner-Workers


Looking for resources to help you integrate technology to increase the impact of your adult basic education or workforce development program? Do you have lower-skilled, frontline staff in your organization you would like to better support in meeting their upskilling and career goals? In this session, we’ll connect and learn from one another’s practical experiences, exchange tools and resources, and apply newly acquired knowhow to creating action plans for using technology to confront an existing problem within your organization or workforce ecosystem. Leaders from World Education, ISTE, and Jobs For the Future will lead you through interactive activities to learn how to leverage new resources such as and ISTE’s framework to help your organization better supporting lower-skilled adults in meeting their education and career goals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and set goals for the using and integrating technology into programming supporting lower-skilled adults
  • Learn about technology tools appropriate for adult learners and techniques for selecting and integrating tools to help meet your goals
  • Walk away with something to try! Or identify the speed bumps that need more exploration.

Target Audience

IT and Program makers in organizations with workforce/adult ed programming; Employers of lower-skilled adults, Edtech developers supporting lower-skilled adults


Josh Copus

Director at JFF Labs


Josh Copus is a director at JFFLabs and currently leads the AWAKE Initiative. He began his work at JFFLabs as an entrepreneur in residence examining the use of data and new technologies in the U.S. workforce system.

In his current role, Josh builds on that base of knowledge and develops strategies for JFF to lead workforce systems as they prepare for the future of work.

His skills and areas of expertise include:

Program design, development, and management
Strategic planning and organizational strategy
Budgeting and finance
Politics and public policy analysis
Community outreach
Nonprofit management
Federal and state government relations
Workforce and economic development
Public speaking
Association management
Social entrepreneurship
Coalition building and grassroots advocacy
Fundraising, proposal writing, and new business development
Before joining JFF, Josh was the chief operating officer of the National Association of Workforce Boards in Washington, DC. He has also worked at the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and a regional consulting firm in southwestern, Pennsylvania.

Whether serving as a national advisor helping people navigate the worlds of workforce development, emerging technologies, and public policy or working locally as an implementer, he pushes for practical solutions that drive progress.

Josh is a national speaker on topics such as workforce development and how technology is reshaping education, business, and work.





March 26, 2020


1:45pm – 3:00pm



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