Center for Instructional Support

Literacy and Humanities

Office of Literacy and Humanities (OLH) supports schools to help all students become proficient readers, writers, and communicators. In addition to setting content area learning standards and curriculum frameworks, OLH designs projects to improve educator knowledge and capacity to deliver high-quality standards-based instruction.

Literacy and Humanities Curriculum Frameworks

English Language Arts and LiteracyHistory and Social ScienceArts
2017 ELA/Literacy Curriculum Framework2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework2019 Arts Curriculum Framework

Standards-Based Learning Videos

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks provide teachers, students and families with clear and shared expectations for what all students should know and be able to do at the end of each year. They represent a promise of equitable education for all students. They formalize the expectation that all students in the Commonwealth have access to the same academic content, regardless of their zip code, background, or abilities.

The following videos illustrate standards-based learning. They provide an overview of how educators are approaching standards based learning in different content areas and grades. We encourage you to share them with members of your educational community.

Elementary ELA

Secondary ELA

Resources for Improving Literacy at All Grade Levels

Quick Reference Guides to the Standards

How can I use the standards to improve literacy in my classroom today?

Contact the Literacy and Humanities Team

NameTitlePhone Number
Dawn BenskiArts Content Support Lead781.338.3235
Donna GoldsteinELA/Literacy Content Support Lead781.338.6235
Susan KazeroidELA/Literacy Content Support Lead413.519.8422
Tracey MartineauLiteracy Content Support Lead413.519.8426
Woodly Pierre-LouisELA/Literacy Content Specialist781.338.6238
Michelle RyanHistory/ Social Science Content Support Lead781.338.3251
Cecilia SpencerHistory and Social Science Content Specialist781.338.6243
Katherine TarcaDirector, Literacy and Humanities781.338.6239
Sharnei YoungEnglish Learner Specialist for ELA/Literacy781.338.6242

Contact Framework Revision Leads

NamePhone Number
Michelle Ryan, History/Social Studies781.338.3251
Zhaneta Liti, Foreign Language781.338.3572
Craig Waterman, Arts781.338.3244

Contact Us

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75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

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TTY: (800) 439-2370


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