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    Welcome to the Office of Literacy and Humanities! We are here to support educators in their work with students and families. We partner with and support the capacity of educators to provide an excellent education in Literacy and Humanities to EVERY student in Massachusetts. Explore our resources for high-quality instructional materials as well as professional learning opportunities.

    Our vision is for ALL students in Massachusetts to experience an excellent education in Literacy and Humanities, in which every student:

    • Masters the rigorous standards and disciplinary skills set forth in the Massachusetts Frameworks for ELA and Literacy, History and Social Science, and Arts
    • Develops rich interdisciplinary content knowledge about the world
    • Develops the dispositions and social-emotional competencies needed to thrive in society and life
    • Develops the capacity to make informed civic choices and assume their responsibility for strengthening equality, justice, and liberty in the world.

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    Literacy and Humanities Curriculum Frameworks

    Contact the Literacy and Humanities Team

    Dawn BenskiArts Content Support Lead dawn.m.benski@mass.gov
    Mary BrownGEER Coordinator mary.L.brown@mass.gov
    Kathryn GabrieleHistory/Social Science Content Support Specialist Kathryn.R.Gabriele@mass.gov
    Donna GoldsteinELA/Literacy Content Support Lead donna.goldstein@mass.gov
    Reuben HenriquesHistory and Social Science Content Support Lead reuben.f.henriques@mass.gov
    Tracey MartineauELA/Literacy Content Support Lead tracey.j.martineau@mass.gov
    Allison PickensELA/Literacy Content Support Specialist, GLEAM coordinator allison.d.pickens@mass.gov
    Woodly Pierre-LouisELA/Literacy Content Support Lead woodly.pierre-louis@mass.gov
    Katherine TarcaDirector, Literacy and Humanities katherine.tarca@mass.gov

    Last Updated: July 1, 2022

    Contact Us

    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

    Voice: (781) 338-3000
    TTY: (800) 439-2370


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