Learn To Earn Toolkit

National Center for Families Learning

The Learn To Earn Toolkit offers open-access online articles, activities, and quizzes organized into ten workforce skills, available at intermediate or advanced levels.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Critical Thinking, English Language, Oral Communication, Reading Comprehension, Teamwork, Diversity, Information Technology Application, Professionalism, Social Responsibility, Written Communication

  • Lessons include articles, vocabulary building, job exploration, and quizzes
  • Digital badges available to those completing the lessons
  • Explore More section explains skills and education needed for each job mentioned

Instructor material

  • Instructor manual contains ideas for implementation and directions for using the dashboard

Key Takeaways

  • Learn To Earn Toolkit lessons are short, using examples from multiple sectors and jobs.
  • Lessons are available in intermediate- and advanced-levels and focus on building vocabulary, making this an ideal resource for English Language Learners.
  • Quizzes also focus on language comprehension mixed with workforce-readiness content.
  • Lessons are available for participant online use or can be printed for in-person instructor facilitation.
  • The dashboard can help instructors or learners keep track of which skills they have mastered.
  • Badges or reports from the dashboard can be added to resumes and job applications.

Voices from the Field

Learn more about how this is used in practice.

Students are engaging more on this platform than any other one we are using. .. the badges and the choice of reading levels really keeps them going.

Empowering Students to Work Toward Their Goals

Students in a multi-level high school equivalency class at For Oak Cliff build reading comprehension and fluency and vocabulary skills with Learn to Earn.

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) began to eradicate poverty in 1992 through education for families. The Learn To Earn Toolkit was created in response to the report “Are They Really Ready to Work: Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st-Century U.S. Workforce.” This collaborative report includes surveys from 2006 with a dozen human-resources and executive personnel. The survey aimed to identify essential skills, as well as skills that were commonly lacking in their workplaces.


Critical & Creative Thinking

Digital Literacy

Respecting Differences


Teamwork & Collaboration

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