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Center for Instructional Support

Literacy and Humanities

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.

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

Literacy Plan for Massachusetts

The current Literacy Plan for Massachusetts is called "An Excellent Education in ELA and Literacy for ALL." This document describes the initiatives and projects the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education intends to undertake to work towards our vision of an excellent ELA/Literacy education for EVERY student in Massachusetts.

Download Word Document
Literacy Strategic Plan for Massachusetts

Early Literacy Screening Assessments

Standards-Based Learning Videos

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?

Civics Opportunity for MA High Schools

Massachusetts high schools are eligible to apply for funding to support and encourage students to register to vote. Please see Fund Code 575 on this page: Schools that serve students of voting age are also encouraged to download and share this Voting Infographic with students and families.

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 MartineauELA/Literacy Content Support Lead413.519.8426
Woodly Pierre-LouisELA/Literacy Content Support Specialist781.338.6238
Cecelia SpencerHistory and Social Studies Content Support Specilaist781.338.6243
Katherine TarcaDirector, Literacy and Humanities781.338.6239
Sharnei YoungEnglish Learner Specialist for ELA/Literacy781.338.6242

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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