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Center for Instructional Support

Literacy and Humanities

Office of Literacy and Humanities (OLH) supports schools to help all students become proficient readers, writers, and communicators. In addition to setting content area learning standards and curriculum frameworks, OLH designs projects to improve educator knowledge and capacity to deliver high-quality standards-based instruction.

Literacy and Humanities Curriculum Frameworks
English Language ArtsHistory and Social ScienceArtsForeign Languages
2017 ELA Curriculum Framework2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework1999** Arts Curriculum Framework1999** Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework

** Currently in revision

Literacy Virtual Book Club

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

Secondary ELA

Resources for Improving Literacy at All Grade Levels

Quick Reference Guides to the Standards

How can I use the standards to improve literacy in my classroom today?



Contact the Literacy and Humanities Team

NamePhone Number
Katherine Tarca, Director781-338-6239
Kerry Akashian781-338-6238
Susan Kazeroid413-519-8422
Tracy Martineau413-519-8426

Contact Framework Revision Leads

NamePhone Number
Michelle Ryan, History/Social Studies781-338-3258
Zhaneta Liti, Foreign Language781-338-3572
Craig Waterman, Arts781-338-3244



Last Updated: May 20, 2019
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