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Curriculum & Instruction

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Talent Development provides significant curricular and instructional support designed to close achievement gaps and accelerate learning for struggling students.

Talent Development has designed curriculum for math, English language arts and student success in grades 6 ‐ 12.

Through courses developed especially for students who start high school below grade level, Talent Development works to give students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful at high-quality, demanding academic courses. Known as transition or acceleration classes, these courses concentrate on mathematics and English Language Arts, with a first-semester ninth-grade course, Freshman Seminar, for all students.

Students who need these transition courses take them in the first semester of grades 9, 10 and 11, followed by their district’s required mathematics and English courses during the second semester.

For those students requiring even more help, Talent Development has designed reading (ALFA) and mathematics  labs that can be worked into the schedule.

All courses are available for purchase individually or as part of a package. Email tdsmaterials@jhu.edu or call 410-516-4339.

Life & Study Skill Courses

Student Support Services

20160406_TDS_MCGraphics_SGroup2These courses are designed to teach students social emotional and academic skills needed to navigate the toughest years. Success in these non-academic areas translates to improved learning and higher  graduation rates.

Courses Available:

  • Mastering the Middle Grades
  • Freshman Seminar

Follow this link to read further details about the course options.

Mathematics Courses

Mathematics

20160406_TDS_MCGraphics_Math1These courses are designed to sharpen students’ skills and understanding of key math concepts so they will be successful with districts’ core curriculum.

Courses Available:

  • Transition to Advanced Mathematics
  • Geometry Foundations
  • Algebra II Foundations
  • Computer-Assisted Help Lab

Follow this link to read further details about the course options.

English Language Arts Courses

English Language Arts

20160406_TDS_MCGraphics_ELA1These courses are designed to bring students up to grade level and give them confidence in their ability to read and write in districts’ core curriculum.

Courses Available:

  • Strategic Reading
  • Accelerated Literacy Lab
  • Reading and Writing in Your Career
  • College Preparatory Reading and Writing

Follow this link to read further details about the course options or download our catalog to see the full list of language arts, history, and student success curricula, as well as other materials available to middle and high schools. Please Note: Language Arts materials are sorted into fiction, non-fiction and other readability and interest level considerations.

 

Our Method

Instruction at Talent Development Schools implements high-impact, research-based strategies that provide appropriate support for students at all levels of proficiency and with various learning styles.

Talent Development Secondary links instructional materials that use evidence-based practice to close skills gaps and build students’ advanced thinking skills with on-site professional development via instructional coaches and professional learning communities

To help students learn to work cooperatively, Talent Development provides professional development in explicitly teaching cooperative social skills, such as active listening, staying on task, clarifying ideas, and negotiating.

Instruction is reinforced by teacher and student modeling and role-playing as well as teacher monitoring during partner, team, and class activities. Follow this link to learn more about Professional Development at Talent Development Secondary.

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