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Curriculum Companion professional development includes a variety of training options for technology coaches, reading and literacy coaches, lead teachers, and those whose job it is to train teachers on technology integration into the English Language Arts and reading programs at the district and school level. As part of a trainer subscription to Curriculum Companion, we provide online professional development resources which includes facilitator guides, Powerpoints, and other materials to deliver up to 40 hours of face-to-face training. Our flexible professional development program will meet the needs of any district. The training content is designed as independent modules, varying from 20 minutes to 6 hours in length. The modules can be offered independently or combined for a longer all day or multi-day technology integration training, depending on the budget and the time that is available for professional development. Modules offered as part of the Curriculum Companion trainer subscription include:

Module 1: Research and Planning

Module 2: Website Exploration

Module 3: Technology Profile

Module 4: Universal Technology Skills

Module 5: Inspiration Software Training

Module 6: Research

Module 7: Universal Access

Module 8: Curriculum Resources

Module 9: Managing Technology

A complete listing of each module that includes the duration and description is available by downloading the Professional Development Matrix. New content is being added to the trainer materials, and the trainer materials have been tailored to each English Language Arts adoption, which includes Open Court, Houghton Mifflin, Holt, and McDougal Littell.

Curriculum Companion staff is available to provide training, coaching, and support for your lead teachers or trainers to implement the Curriculum Companion resources at your district or school. Please contact us at (916) 228-2748 to request further information.

Trainer of Trainers Institutes

From time to time, Curriculum Companion conducts a four-day "Trainer of Trainers" institutes where lead teachers, reading and literacy coaches, and staff development providers are trained on how to use the web resource to integrate technology into the English Language Arts curriculum and to conduct Curriculum Companion professional development at your site. All participants are provided with access to all of the professional development materials and are supported with ongoing coaching from Curriculum Companion staff. Trainers receive everything they need to be successful with Curriculum Companion professional development at their site.

Upcoming institutes are annouced at Curriculum Companion's home page ( To schedule an institute for your district or school site, please contact us at (916) 228-2748.

Develop your technology and integration skills with the Curriculum Companion Professional Development!

A teacher using technology.Independent learning with Online Explorations for Teachers

The Teacher Explorations provide you with a collection of research and best practices articles, narrated Powerpoint presentations, short multimedia tutorials, links to important web sites, and templates and documents that provide you with background knowledge, opportunities to practice new skills, and the chance to share new knowledge gained as part of a cumulative project.

Anytime, Anywhere Learning

In a time of diminishing budgets for professional development, teachers must look to new sources to continue adding to and building upon their professional practice. The asynchronous Teacher Explorations are an excellent way for teachers to connect new technology integration skills to their existing curriculum, working on their own schedule.

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Each Teacher Exploration is designed as an independent professional development opportunities with activities and exercises to build background through research and best practices, practice new skills, and apply the newly aquired skills to your current assignment. The final portfolio and project can be submitted to our team at Curriculum Companion for review.

You can be start any of the Teacher Explorations at any time, working at your own pace. Upon completing a Teacher Exploration, you must submit a final portfolio and project to our team at Curriculum Companion for review. Each Teacher Exploration, with the exception of Exploration 1: Setting the Stage for Technology Integration, is 15 hours in length, which will earn you 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU ) from CSU Chico.

All six steps must be completed for the Teacher Exploration to be considered finished and details on how to submit a completed Teacher Exploration for review are on the Portfolio page for each Teacher Exploration.

Multimedia Technology Tutorials provide "just in time" support!

Narrated Multimedia Technology Tutorials includes a library of over 600 tutorials that demonstrate how to use the most popular software applications with the Open Court Reading, Houghton Mifflin, Holt, and McDougal LIttell adopted curriculum materials. Teachers increase their personal proficiency with technology while learning to integrate it in their classrooms. The tutorial library is always growing as new applications come online!

Current Tutorial Titles
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Introduction
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Intermediate
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Word 2003 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Word 2003 - Intermediate
  • Microsoft Word 2007 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 - Introduction
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 - Intermediate
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 - Introduction
  • Introduction to Inspiration Version 8
  • Inspiration Version 7
  • Photoshop Elements 5 - Introduction
  • Creating Cause and Effect Charts with Inspiration
  • Creating a Basic Web in Inspiration
  • Using Kids Search Tools
  • Introduction to Kidspiration
  • Searching for resources using netTrekker
  • Using America's Story Web site - Library of Congress
  • Searching for resources using Factmonster
  • Searching for resources using the Marco Polo Web Site (now Thinkfinity)
  • Finding Images on the Internet

Access Recorded Online Workshops 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Curriculum Companion includes a growing library of professional development resources including archived recordings of previously conducted live online workshops. These sessions are typically two hour workshops and currently number approximately 20 hours of training. Teachers are able to see and hear the instructor and see everything on the instructor’s computer that he or she is sharing with participants. No special software is required to view the workshops, and teachers can utilize this resource at their own convenience. As more online workshops are recorded, this library will continue to grow.

Curriculum Companion Professional Development


Using Word to Teach Cause and Effect, Part 1 (50 minutes)
Note: This session includes audio

In this workshop, participants will review the basics of using Microsoft Word while creating a cause and effect chart to use as a template for students. This workshop will cover an overview of Microsoft Word tables, navigating the workspace, entering and formatting text, formatting borders and merging and splitting cells. In addition, we will discuss ways to incorporate Microsoft Word tables into the teaching of other reading skills.

Curriculum Companion Professional Development

Using Inspiration to Create a Brainstorming Web, Part 2 (1hr 13 min.)
Note: This session includes audio

In this workshop, participants will review the basics of using Inspiration while creating a basic web to use as a template for students or as a lesson aid during instruction. This workshop will cover an overview of Inspiration, navigating the workspace, using the Symbol palette, linking ideas, and the use of the “rapid fire” feature. In addition, we will discuss ways to incorporate Inspiration Webs into other reading applications.

Learn more about Professional Development Resources on Curriculum Companion!

Curriculum Companion BrochureFor information about the Curriculum Companion program or to schedule an online presentation, please contact us at:

Instructional Technology & Learning Resources
Sacramento County Office of Education
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826
Phone: (916) 228-2748

Download the Curriculum Companion Brochure and Order Form to start your subscription today!

Curriculum Companion offers to two levels of subscriptions - teacher ($49) and trainer ($100). A teacher subscription allows access to all of the curriculum and professional development resources for all adoptions, all grade levels. A trainer subscription allows the same access as a teacher subscription, plus all of the training materials need to deliver over 10 different professional development modules to your school or district.

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