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History, Social Science, and Civics

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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.

Popular History, Social Science, and Civics Links

Investigating History

  • Investigating History is an innovative, open-source history/social science curriculum that DESE is currently developing for third through seventh grades. Beginning in June 2023, DESE will be publishing free, comprehensive curricular materials for grades five, six, and seven; materials for grades three and four are still in development. Learn more about Investigating History.

History/Social Science Networks and Professional Development

  • History/Social Science Leaders Network: The History/Social Science Leaders Network is a community of school and district level leaders with responsibility for history, social science, and/or civics education. Our meetings include a combination of structured professional learning on topics of high interest to the group, role- and context-alike problem solving and resource sharing, informal relationship building and networking, and structured opportunities to collaborate around developing resources.

History and Social Science Learning Standards and Additional Resources

Contact the History/Social Science Team

Reuben HenriquesAssistant Director of Humanities
Rebekah JudsonHistory/Social Science Coordinator

Last Updated: June 20, 2024

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