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McDougal Littell Reading and Language Arts Program, 6-8

"This was one of the best presentations I have seen done for the new curriculum. It was very thorough, and included teaching tips and activities for teaching vocabulary."
8th-grade teacher, Etiwanda, CA.

What AB 466 Requires
What Calabash Delivers
What The Course Covers
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What AB 466 Requires

  • Professional development that focuses on the State Board of Education's recently adopted instructional materials
  • Training content that is highly integrated with the program's content
  • Training that covers the first six to eighteen weeks of instruction as presented in the Teacher's Guide
  • Training that is grade-level or course specific
  • Instructional materials that are in place before training can begin

What Calabash Delivers
Calabash Professional Learning Systems, Houghton Mifflin's professional development division, delivers what AB 466 requires – training that is course and program specific.

Calabash delivers professional development specific to McDougal Littell's Reading and Language Arts Program. The approach is systematic, while the style is hands-on and relaxed. Teachers leave each session with real-world skills they can start applying immediately — for measurable results.

McDougal Littell and Calabash Professional Learning Systems are Houghton Mifflin companies.

What The Course Covers
Overview of 40-Hour Training Institute

  • Daily instructional time during training includes: 30% direct instruction and presentation, 20% demonstration of successful teaching strategies, and 50% practice, small- and large-group discussions, and other participant activities to reinforce learning.
  • Teachers watch model lessons created by outstanding classroom teachers using McDougal Littell's Reading and Language Arts Program in their classrooms. They create lesson plans for the year that are tailored to the needs of their students, the instructional resources they purchased, and the amount of instructional time available. They have a chance to observe and practice a dozen research-based teaching strategies, including questioning strategies and explicit instruction. They learn to use the results of program embedded, standards-based assessments to guide decisions about when students have achieved mastery, and when reteaching is needed.

Day One — Overview of course and instructional materials, Reading/Language Arts Framework, standards, research, CAHSEE, using the Standards Manager — the clear path to meeting all the standards.
Day Two — Pacing and lesson planning, model lessons with Language of Literature, reciprocal teaching.
Day Three — Less proficient readers: Bridges to Literature, Interactive Reader, critical thinking and problems solving, electronic learning resources.
Day Four — English learners, advanced learners, grammar, spelling, vocabulary instruction, Language Network.
Day Five — writing, reading across the content areas, using assessment for program planning.

Our Trainers
Calabash Institutes are led by seasoned teachers fresh from their own classrooms. They have a deep knowledge of the program and how it delivers California's Reading and Language Arts Content Standards. Teachers walk out of every session with practical tools they can use immediately.

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