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SCOE-Developed English Learner Website Earns National Honor Recognized by National Coalition for Literacy


The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is proud to announce that U.S.A. Learns, an online interactive English language learning site created by SCOE, has earned a 2011 Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy.

The Literacy Leadership Award recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary national contributions to improving adult literacy and English language learning in the United States.

SCOE assisted the U.S. Department of Education in the development of the U.S.A. Learns website. The site is an easily accessible Internet learning tool with simple directions and offering free instructional materials to teach basic English skills.

The site, which receives more than 11,000 visitors each day, was developed primarily for immigrant adults with limited English language skills who cannot attend traditional classroom programs because of difficulty with schedules, transportation, or other barriers. Students are able to work from home, or a public library. Learners do not need advanced computer skills to use U.S.A. Learns.

In announcing the group of 2011 Literacy Leadership Award winners, John Segota, interim president of the National Coalition for Literacy, said, "We are very pleased to present these awards to such deserving individuals and organizations this year. Each has made a unique contribution to advancing the cause of adult education and literacy through programmatic innovation or by raising public awareness of the issue."

The mission of the National Coalition for Literacy is: to advance adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the U.S. by increasing public awareness for the need to increase funding and programs; promoting effective public policy; and serving as an authoritative resource for the field on national adult education issues.

[USA Learns website]