Vermont’s adult education and literacy system (Learning Works) offers essential literacy and numeracy services at locations throughout the state. This includes skill acquisition in mathematics, reading and writing, essential workplace skills, English language acquisition for speakers of other languages (ESOL, and civics education for immigrants (EL/Civics). All Learning Works educational services are informed and guided by the Equipped for the future (EFF) Standards and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education.
English for Speakers of Other
Learning Works Centers offer ESOL instruction through small
group and one-on-one instruction, emphasizing a communicative
approach to language acquisition. Learners are able to quickly
acquire basic skills in English language to meet needs in
workplace, family, and community life.
Civics education is designed to prepare immigrants for
successful participation in community life, and satisfactory
completion of citizenship requirements.
Adults seeking to acquire or improve their skills in math, reading and/or writing are able to access instructional services throughout the State at no cost. In recognition of the increasing demands of career and college readiness, this includes personalized approaches and technology enriched learning.
The soft skills essential to success in any workplace can be acquired with assistance through the Learning Works system. Adult education providers also offer access to the Work Keys certificate, a nationally recognized work readiness certificate.
College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)
The Agency of Education and the adult education and literacy providers have adopted the CCRS as the key academic content component of the adult education framework of standards. This subset of the Common Core State Standards, adopted by Vermont in 2010, focuses on the skills students need in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. Used in concert with the EFF standards listed below, these standards ensure a rigorous and holistic base for student learning and outcomes. Learn more about the CCRS.
Equipped for the Future (EFF)
The Agency of Education and the adult education and literacy
providers have adopted EFF as the primary framework for
standards, student goal-setting, curriculum, instruction and
assessment in the AEL system. The EFF framework aligns with
Vermont's collective philosophy and vision for how education can
support adult learners to function in their roles as workers,
citizens and family members. The following resources are also
The 16 EFF Content Standards define the knowledge and
skills adults need in order to successfully carry out their
roles as parents and family members, citizens and community
members, and workers. This Web site also contains additional
background information and resources.
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning (NCSALL)
article contains the executive summary by Sondra Stein,
senior research associate at the National Institute for
Literacy, and director of the Equipped for the Future