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

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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?

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

I have a multilevel classroom. Will CALM still work?

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? 

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

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

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)?

What are all the components of CALM?

How can I get help?