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Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS)

Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) knowledge, reasoning, and skills are essential both to prepare students for personal and civic efficacy in the twenty-first century and to prepare and inspire a much larger and more diverse number of students to pursue the innovative and creative careers of the future. In Massachusetts, DLCS instruction includes the areas of computing and society, digital tools and collaboration, computing systems, and computational thinking.

Although, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science are distinctive in nature, it is essential to take an inclusive approach to teaching and preparing our students for today's modern society.

The standards represent the core elements of digital literacy and computer science, not the totality of each.

DLCS Learning Standards

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2016 DLCS Curriculum Framework

DLCS Instructional Resources

  • DLCS 5–12 License

  • Professional Development Resources

  • Curriculum Planning Tools

  • Classroom Resources

  • DLCS Networks and Associations

  • Grant Opportunities

    Digital Literacy Now Grantposted 12/3/2019

    School districts are the unit of change toward creating rigorous, inclusive and sustainable K-12 digital literacy and computer science education. Through this grant, District Teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators will engage in an in-depth, facilitated process to develop a K-12 Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) implementation plan for their District and start implementation in middle grades (6-8). Districts will select middle grades curriculum for SY2021 and complete DLCS educators and coach Professional Development. Proposals are due 12/20/2019.

    High School Computation Science Pathway Projectposted 12/3/2019

    The Education Development Center in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has just been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a Computational Science Pathway to College option for high school students in Massachusetts. This project will take our traditional Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses and integrate the Digital Literacy and Computer Science framework, and real world skills. Educators selected for the pilot will be receive comprehensive professional development and coaching throughout the project. High school educators interested in Piloting any of these Science+C course in school year 2020-2021, please complete the Interest Form.

    Digital Literacy & Computer Science District Implementation Planning Workshopsposted 12/3/2019

    The Strategic CS for ALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) — is a framework to guide teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators through a series of collaborative visioning, self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to create or expand upon a digital literacy and computer science education implementation plan for their students. School districts are the unit of change toward creating rigorous, inclusive and sustainable K-12 computer science education. The SCRIPT supports systems-level change by addressing five key areas: (1) Leadership, (2) Teacher Capacity and Development, (3) Curriculum and Materials Selection and Refinement, (4) Partners, and (5) Community.

    Several workshops will be offered around the state in December 2019 and January 2020. These workshops are offered for free by Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) in partnership with Dell. See the flyer for more details and application information. Workshops will be available across the state based on preferences stated in your application. Contact with any questions. If interested apply!

    National Science Foundation Grant Opportunities: Find Funding

    National Science Foundation: Awards Search

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science, engineering, technology, and computer science. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

    At any point in time Massachusetts has about 2,900 NSF awards.

  • DLCS Data: Participation and Job Market

DLCS Implementation Support

DLCS Ambassadors — A cadre of educators, our "DLCS Ambassadors" are available to assist schools and districts across the state become familiar with the Digital Literacy and Computer Science Framework and curricular units that integrate computation thinking standards in Elementary grades 1-6. Districts and event organizers can request an Ambassador by emailing

DLCS Contact

NamePhone Number
Anne DeMallie781-338-3527

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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