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Adult learners often have large gaps in their conceptual understanding of math that prevent them from being college ready. CALM is a math curriculum developed by the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC that is designed to address those gaps and give adults a strong conceptual foundation that will prepare them to not only earn a high school credential, but to also be truly ready for higher education. CALM teaches math concepts using real-world contexts and is appropriate for all adult learners. Lessons focus on explorations so students can build conceptual understanding in a spiral approach that helps connect many math concepts.

CALM is aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Math, including both the instructional shifts and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Carefully selected, quality resources are used in CALM, including the EMPower series, which is referenced extensively. Each CALM unit includes individual lessons (or references to resources), formative assessments for each lesson, and an end-of-unit performance-based assessment. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All programs involved in adult numeracy instruction

The CALM Orientation is a full-day opportunity for both directors and teachers to begin to understand how CALM is different from traditional math teaching. Directors are encouraged to participate in this orientation so that they understand how to help their teachers implement CALM.

After the orientation, teachers will be invited to attend regional CALM support meetings where their challenges can be addressed and where they can learn new math strategies that can be immediately applied in CALM. 

Teachers will have access to an online community of teachers using CALM. In it, they can share challenges and strategies and support each other as well as communicate with the CALM development team. Teachers will also be able to access the entire curriculum digitally. 

This is a 5-hour event. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend the full session. For more information, please contact Sherry Soares (

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Implement lessons and units from CALM
  • Use a more conceptualized approach to teaching math
  • Use, analyze, and react to student assessments (both formative and end-of-unit performance-based) in order to adjust instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)



2067 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02140
United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy