This year will be my school's third year using a BASAL for the core of its ELA program. If done well and implemented thoughtfully, it can be highly effective. I feel that my school does an excellent job of training teachers on how to thoroughly unpack a packaged curriculum, fine tune it, and then teach it effectively.
As the year progresses and I update this section, I won't be rehashing what we're doing with the school's program. What I will do, is offer my teacher-two-cents about what strategies work and how learning is shaped in my classroom.