Here are some of the most common questions that we receive about CALM.

Click on the arrow after each question to read our answers.

If you have a question that's not addressed on this page, please contact the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center director Donna Curry or email our center at

CALM: The Big Picture

How is CALM different from what I'm already doing?

Does CALM satisfy the curriculum requirements from ACLS?

Will CALM prepare my students for the MAPT and HSE tests?

What are all the components of CALM?

Timing and Flexibility with CALM

Do I have to do every activity in every lesson, given my limited time with students?

How do I adapt lessons to my class? How do I choose which activities are appropriate?

How long does it take to teach the whole curriculum? What if I don't have that long? 

How long should I spend on a unit?

Do the lessons really take three hours? 

I’ve been on one unit for a very long time. How do I know when to move on?

I've noticed that Units 3-10 all deal with fractions, decimals, and percents. Will I ever get to teach anything else?

Classroom Variables

My program has an open enrollment program. How can CALM work in such a situation?

I have a multilevel classroom. Will CALM still work?

Can I use CALM if I didn't start it in September?

Are there any students for whom CALM will not work?

How do I adapt the CALM curriculum for lower level classes?

Getting Organized and Getting Support

The lesson plans are several pages long and involve materials from different places. How can I get organized?

What if I can't get all the materials and manipulatives I need, or can't use them in my classroom (i.e., in a correctional setting)?

How can I get help?