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Learning and Employment Records: What Educators Need to Know About This Emerging Technology

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Learning and Employment Records: What Educators Need to Know About This Emerging Technology

Presented by Sarah Cacicio, Director, Adult Learning, Digital Promise; Soraya Francois, Participant Advisor, Finance; Vontrese Washington, Participant Advisor, Customer Service/Retail; Malliron Hodge, Design Consultant, MLH Innovation Consulting; and Antionette Miller, Project Manager, Adult Learning, Digital Promise

Co-Sponsored by Digital Promise and Walmart

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What are Learning and Employment Records (LERs)? What do adult learners and workers—and adult education providers—need to know about this emerging technology?

Join Digital Promise to learn more about the design, value, and use of Learning and Employment Records: digital records of an individual’s skills, credentials, and employment history.

Over the last year, Digital Promise, a national education nonprofit, teamed up with workers in frontline sectors along with leaders in higher education, business, and technology to center end-user experiences and mitigate racial bias in the design of LERs. During this edLeader Panel, they share findings from their research and development project established to co-design and promote LERs for greater equity and inclusion.

Viewers develop a greater understanding of how LERs could be used to promote equity, transparency, and inclusion for adult learners facing complex education and workforce systems. Viewers:

  • Explore the value of LERs from the end-user perspective
  • Understand the experiences and perspectives of frontline workers in their efforts to navigate education and employment spaces, gain skills, and increase earnings, prioritizing Black and Latina women
  • Review LER Inclusive Design Principles and use cases

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders at the high school and higher education levels.


Sarah CacicioAbout the Presenters

Sarah Cacicio is the director of adult learning at Digital Promise, exploring the impact of digital tools and technologies on adult learners. Sarah has more than 10 years of experience working to advance social mobility for adult learners through equity-centered research, teacher education, adult education programming, and wraparound services. Prior to Digital Promise, Sarah expanded access to high school equivalency education, college preparation, and workforce training, including job-embedded digital skills, for youth and adults in New York City’s District 79, alternative schools and programs. Her previous research examined equity in literacy instruction and assessment for Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE). She also has experience designing and implementing educator professional development, including teaching pre- and in-service TESOL teachers at Hunter College, City University of New York. Sarah earned her M.A. in bilingual and bicultural education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston as a first-generation college student. She is recognized for her commitment to collective impact through relationship building and collaboration.


Soraya FrancoisSoraya Francois is a Grants Compliance Analyst at Florida State University College of Medicine. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Soraya is based in the Tallahassee area.


Vontrese WashingtonVontrese Washington is a barista located in Washington, DC. She also has a background in customer service, retail, and the hospitality industry.


Malliron HodgeMalliron Hodge is from Bunn, NC, and resides in St. Louis, MO. Malliron has experience in community engagement, nonprofit management, job placement, higher education, human-centered design, and education entrepreneur coaching. She currently spends her days fulfilling her passion for early-idea coaching and human-centered design through her consulting company, MLH Innovation Consulting LLC, and sharing stories of Black women entrepreneurs on her podcast, Baddies with Business. She has a BS in Business Management from Winston-Salem State University, an MPA from Indiana University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship. She loves spending time with friends and family, traveling, caring for her plants, playing roller derby, and porch sitting.


Antionette MillerAntionette Miller is the Project & Operations Manager of Adult Learning at Digital Promise, where she manages projects aimed to promote equity for adult workers. Before joining Digital Promise, Antionette worked with the Aspen Institute, where she managed operations and supported project planning for their urban district network of superintendents, chief academic officers, and other school leaders. She also designed and implemented strategies and activities focused on cultural, workforce, and talent development. Antionette has a background in workforce services and spent several years providing job readiness and technical skills training to Washington, DC residents.


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Digital PromiseDigital Promise is a nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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