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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

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.

  • Civics Project Virtual Support Forum: Stage 3 in Action: Strategies for Engaging Students in the Research Process
    December 5, 2022, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    This virtual support forum will be co-facilitated by two Civics Fellows, educators experienced in planning and implementing student-led civics projects. It will focus on strategies and resources to meaningfully engage students in Stage 3 of the civics project (Researching & Investigating), including finding relevant and diverse sources, searching strategically, and using technology to enable the research stage. Participants will learn and work with teacher-created resources to support the implementation of Stage 3, leave with resources to use in their local contexts, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Learn more and register!

Investigating History

  • Investigating History is an innovative, open-source history/social science curriculum that DESE is currently developing for fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. Learn more about Investigating History.

History and Social Science Learning Standards and Additional Resources

Contact the History/Social Science Team

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

Last Updated: December 8, 2022

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