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Curriculum & Instruction


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

Life & Study Skills Courses      Mathematics Courses      English Language Arts Courses
Social Studies Courses     TDS Instructional Method      Purchase TDS Materials

Talent Development has designed curriculum for math, English language artssocial studies 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 and can be purchased online.

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:

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


Mathematics Courses


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:

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:

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.


Social Studies

Talent Development Secondary has decades of experience developing challenging, engaging, evidence-based curriculum to foster achievement and a love of learning in students of all ability levels. Developed by a partnership of researchers, teachers, and educators these materials help teachers provide effective, academically rich instruction. Materials are suitable for individual students or co-­op groups.

For Social Studies courses, TDS has created an outstanding array of teaching materials to accompany Joy Hakim’s award-winning, ten-volume series A History of US. The rich, multi-disciplinary lessons are available for each volume of Hakim’s best-selling series.

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 learning via instructional coaches and professional learning communities.

To help students learn to work cooperatively, Talent Development provides professional learning 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 Learning at Talent Development Secondary.


Purchasing TDS Materials

Material pricing and ordering information for all teacher and student materials is available online. If you have purchased materials from Talent Development Secondary in the past and have a user name and password, simply visit our Online Storefront and login. If you have not purchased materials before, please set up a Storefront Membership.