About Us

The Project

U.S.A. Learns is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL). DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.

Initial funding for U.S.A. Learns was provided by ED. Additional funding for U.S.A. Learns was made available by the California Department of Education, Office of Adult Education. The Sacramento County Office of Education retains full ownership rights for the U.S.A. Learns Web site.

Overview Guide & Curriculum Scope and Sequence

The Overview Guide is a downloadable PDF that discusses the features, intended audience, computer skills and technical requirements, conceptual framework, and the role of teachers and tutors of U.S.A. Learns.

The Curriculum Scope and Sequence document lists the vocabulary, main grammar, language functions, and life skills taught in each unit of the First English Course and the Second English Course. The last section lists the topics, story titles and key vocabulary found in Practice English and Reading.

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the articles and Web pages included in this project do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy.  The inclusion of resources should not be construed or interpreted as an endorsement of any organization or business by the funders, developers or owners of the project.

Contact

For assistance with the USA Learns Web site, send email to: help@usalearns.org.

For further information about the overall project or other inquiries about USA Learns, contact:

John Fleischman
Sacramento County Office of Education
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003

The Developers

U.S.A. Learns is a joint effort of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), Internet and Media Services Department and the Project IDEAL Support Center at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Sacramento County Office of Education developed the U.S.A. Learns Web site and has developed many of the most widely used Web resources in adult education, including English For All, CDLP Adult Learning Activities (resources for adult learners), and The Study Place.  SCOE is home to a number of adult education and technology projects including the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) and SCOE is nationally recognized as a center with expertise in the design and use of instructional technology in adult learning.

The Project IDEAL Support Center (hereafter referred to as “The Center”) provides technical assistance to a consortium of more than 20 states working together to design and implement distance education programs for adult education.  The Center assists members in planning, training, and evaluating their efforts.  The Center publishes the widely used Handbook of Distance Education for Adult Learners and has numerous publications and online support systems to help states develop quality distance education programs.  The Center has conducted national evaluations of many of the most popular adult education curricula, including Crossroads Café, Workplace Essential Skills, GED Connection, and TV411.

Privacy Policy

The Sacramento County Office of Education provides services and tools for the worldwide use of online lessons for adult learners, the creation and management of classes composed of adult learners, and the maintenance of records of class and individual learner performance on the Web site usalearns.org (the Site).  By accessing and using usalearns.org, you grant your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of information as described below.  Note that our Privacy Policy may change in the future.  Access and use of the Site in the future constitutes consent to collect, use, and disclose information as described below or based on any additional or other terms added or substituted in the future.  We encourage you to check back periodically to review the current Privacy Policy.

Who gets the information collected?
The Sacramento County Office of Education respects the privacy of Site users, and does not sell, rent, or otherwise provide personal information to third parties.  Unless specifically stated otherwise, any information provided by you or otherwise collected is used only by usalearns.org as described below. However, there may be links on the Site which go to Web sites owned and/or operated by third parties who may have different privacy policies.  You, and not The Sacramento County Office of Education, are responsible for knowing and understanding the privacy policies of third party Web sites before providing them with personal information.

Be aware that any personal information you might disclose, including performance records of Learners, in the process of using the Courses, Units, Lessons, and Activities provided on the Site should be considered public information even though some of this information is accessible only with proper sign-in identification.  The Sacramento County Office of Education encourages you to be cautious about incorporating personal information in Lessons and Activities available on the Site. 

What kind of information is collected?
The Sacramento County Office of Education collects two kinds of information from Site users: individual information and aggregated information. 

Individual information includes personal information such as your name, sign-in name, and email address.  We use this information to establish an individual account which enables Teachers to create, organize, and maintain their Classes and Records.  This information also allows us to contact you to alert you to new Site features and services or to respond to your inquiries.

Aggregated information includes any information that cannot be related to an individual.  In order to better understand the needs and preferences of Site visitors and evaluate the usefulness and popularity of Site features and services, we may from time to time collect information such as the number of times certain pages or features are accessed, the type of browsers used to access the Site, or the Web site users visited previously or visited next.

How is information collected?
Information is gathered in several ways.  Before Teachers can create and maintain a class, they must complete a registration form.  This form requires a sign-in name, password, first and last name, and email information.  This information makes it possible for Teachers to create and organize their Classes and Records and for us to respond to inquiries or announce new Site tools or features.

Whenever you access the Web on the Internet, an IP address is automatically assigned to your computer.  This address allows Web servers to identify your computer.  It does not, however, provide any personal information about anyone who might be using your computer.  The IP address is used for system administration, to gather aggregated information on Site use, and to help you and your Records remain properly connected during and between visits.

While you are visiting the Site, cookies may be sent from our server to your computer.  Cookies are small files used to help maintain continuity during and between visits and help keep track of your Activities, Lessons, Classes, and Records.  Cookies can also help us determine the most popular pages and features of the Site. Like an IP address, a Cookie identifies your computer, not you or any personal information.  You may be able to configure your Internet browser to refuse cookies or to tell you when a cookie is sent, allowing you to decide whether to accept it or not.  However, if you do not allow cookies to be set, you may not be able to use many of the tools and features of the Site.

If you contact us, we might keep your correspondence on file so that we can better respond to comments, questions, or concerns.  In order to respond to you directly, we need an email address or other contact information.

Are there any circumstances in which The Sacramento County Office of Education would disclose information to third parties?
Under normal circumstances, The Sacramento County Office of Education does not disclose information to third parties.  Exceptional circumstances could include:

  1. Protecting the integrity and security of our Site
  2. Precautions against liability
  3. Protection of the safety, rights, or property of users or others
  4. Response to requirements of the judicial process or, to the extent permitted by law, requests of law enforcement or public safety agencies.

Even in these circumstances, we would release your account information only if we felt it was reasonably necessary.

What security measures are used to protect my personal information?
Access to Site Content and personal information is protected by firewalls, sign-in names, and passwords.  However, because the Site does not employ the security measures such as Secure Socket Layers and encryption needed for financial or confidential transactions, we recommend that users not send, copy, or link to the Site confidential personal or financial information such as bank account, credit card, or social security numbers.  While we exercise reasonable care to preserve your privacy and the security of your personal information, no transmission of information over the Internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure.  Therefore, we cannot warrant the security of any information transmitted to us and therefore information is transmitted to us at your own risk.  We encourage you to exercise discretion in deciding what type of information you include in Activities and Records that you include on the Site.