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Center for Instructional Support


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The mission of the Center for Instruction Support is to help schools, districts, and organizational partners build capacity to meet our Academic Vision.

Academic Vision

Every student in Massachusetts has access to a safe and supportive school environment that cultivates academic curiosity and confidence. Students have equitable access to an excellent education. Students read meaningful texts across content areas, work on complex real-world problems, participate in the arts, and share their ideas through speaking and writing using evidence, all in an effort to understand the world, their personal identities and their roles in the world.

Instruction is most powerful when educators have strong content knowledge and access to high-quality instructional materials and professional learning that promote inclusive practice accessible to all students, including English learners and students with disabilities; support authentic, engaging, and interdisciplinary student learning experiences; and invest families and students in their learning.

To support standards-based learning, we believe that every student should engage:

  • with grade-appropriate text every day
  • with meaningful real-world problems every day
  • in scientific conversations using data every week

… in a school environment that supports social-emotional learning, health, and safety.

Within the Center are the following Offices:

  • Office of Educator Effectiveness
  • Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement
  • Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Standards-Based Learning Videos

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks provide teachers, students and families with clear and shared expectations for what all students should know and be able to do at the end of each year. They represent a promise of equitable education for all students. They formalize the expectation that all students in the Commonwealth have access to the same academic content, regardless of their zip code, background, or abilities.

The following videos illustrate standards-based learning. They provide an overview of how educators are approaching standards based learning in different content areas and grades. We encourage you to share them with members of your educational community.

Elementary ELA

Elementary STE

Elementary Math

Secondary ELA

Secondary STE

Secondary Math



Last Updated: April 25, 2018
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