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The 2018 History and Social Science Frameworks along with Chapter 296, An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement, renewed the civic mission of a history and social science education in Massachusetts: to prepare all students to be thoughtful and active citizens. Every student regardless of race, class, ethnicity, language status, religion, education, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability has the right to civics education, including effective pedagogy and applied learning. Civics education should be culturally responsive, develop students' civic identities, and center the acquisition of knowledge, intellectual skills, and applied competencies that citizens need for informed and effective participation in civics and democratic life.


Civics Project Artifact Libraryposted 6/30/2023

Massachusetts Civics Project Showcases

Civics Projects Guidebook (Online Version; Microsoft Word Version ): Guidance to support student-led civics projects, including a description of key project characteristics and stages of civic action.

Curricular Materials Guide: Grade 8 Civics (Online Full Report; Curricular Materials at a Glance ): Highlighted, high-quality instructional materials aligned to the Grade 8 United States and Massachusetts Government and Civic Life course.

Civics Project District Resource: Letter to State Legislators

Civics Projects Quick Reference Guide: Reaching Out to State Legislators & Legislative Aide

Civics Projects Quick Reference Guide

Civics Projects Reporting Requirements: FAQ

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Last Updated: February 5, 2024

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