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Center for Instructional Support

History, Social Science, and Civics

The primary purpose of a history and social science education is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become thoughtful and active participants in a democratic society and a complex world.

The 2018 Massachusetts Framework for History and Social Science lays out three pillars that support coherent, rigorous, and engaging instruction: Standards for History and Social Science Practice, grade-specific Content Standards, and Literacy Standards for History and Social Science.

History/Social Science Learning Standards and Supporting Documents

History/Social Science Instructional Resources

Professional Development Resources and Recordings

Civics Resources
Personal Financial Literacy Resources
History/Social Science Networks

Contact the History/Social Science Team

Kathryn GabrieleHistory/Social Science Content Support Specialist
Reuben HenriquesHistory and Social Science Content Support Lead

Last Updated: July 20, 2021

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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