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Adopting, Launching, and Implementing Investigating History

Investigating History is on its way! The full curriculum for grades five, six, and seven will be available for use next year. The supports and resources below can help you, your school, or your district prepare to adopt and use Investigating History in the 2023-24 school year:

Investigating History Implementation Grant (due May 12, 2023)
This competitive grant is designed to fund the costs associated with professional development, as well as cover additional costs of implementation such as teacher planning time outside of contract hours or the purchase of printed copies of the Investigating History materials, in order to facilitate a successful adoption of the Investigating History materials across a school or district.

Setting the Stage for Success: Adoption and Implementation Guide
This guide is designed to help schools and districts make more informed and thoughtful choices about the Investigating History adoption process, as well as to support their ongoing planning and implementation work by highlighting areas where they may need to invest additional time, resources, and/or attention. It draws on the experiences of schools who piloted Investigating History to lay out the conditions that are critical to Investigating History's long-term success and provide a self-assessment tool that schools and districts can use to determine the extent to which each condition currently exists.

Certified Professional Development Providers
Certified providers have received training in the Investigating History curriculum and instructional approach and received DESE approval on their professional development offerings. We strongly recommend that districts partner with a certified professional development provider in order to leverage these providers' existing expertise in Investigating History's content, pedagogy, and design.

Preview Materials
These sample materials and lesson plans are intended to help educators make informed decisions about adopting Investigating History by providing information about the curriculum's scope and sequence as well as examples of its key instructional features and pedagogical approach.

Obtaining Print Copies of Investigating History Materials
DESE is currently finalizing partnerships with approved print vendors to help districts easily procure copies of teacher and student materials. Detailed ordering instructions will be available on this page by mid-May; districts who are submitting an FC 653 grant and wish to budget for print costs should follow the information laid out in this document .

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Last Updated: May 9, 2023

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