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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
Mary BrownEarly Literacy Project Coordinator
Donna GoldsteinELA/Literacy Content Support Lead
Reuben HenriquesAssistant Director of Humanities
Rebekah JudsonHistory/Social Science Coordinator
Lori McNallyELA/Literacy Content Support Specialist, GLEAM Coordinator
Allison PickensELA/Literacy Content Support Specialist
Linda SewnarineAssistant Director of Literacy
Katherine TarcaDirector, Literacy and Humanities

Last Updated: June 10, 2024

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

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


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