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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:56 am, Tue Nov 6, 2012.

The Sacramento County Office of Education announced Monday that U.S.A. Learns, an online interactive English language learning site created by SCOE, will be honored at the 33rd annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Boards Association next month.

The highly respected Golden Bell Award will be presented at a special ceremony during CSBA's awards luncheon, held in conjunction with the California School Boards Association's annual education conference.

U.S.A. Learns is a free English as a second language instructional program 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.

"U.S.A. Learns is helping people all over the world to improve their English language skills," Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon said in a written statement. "This remarkable website is having a positive impact on adult literacy for English learners."

Learners can use U.S.A. Learns in an independent mode, registered or unregistered, or it can be used with the guidance of a tutor or teacher. The potential learner might work from home, a public library or a workplace setting. All instructional materials are accessed online.

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The goal of this awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.

This is the fifth Golden Bell Award for the Sacramento County Office of Education.

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