Civics Education Institute

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Civics Education Institute

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The 2018 Civics Education Institute took place July 24 - 26, 2018 in Marlborough. To find resources from the Institute, please click here

In support of teachers of civics, history, and social science, and school district curriculum leaders, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) will hold a statewide Civics Education Institute for educators, focused on 8th grade civics. The institute is designed to provide to districts support for a smooth transition to the anticipated revised History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.

Participants will begin concrete plans to implement high quality instruction based on the framework in 2018-2019 and beyond. The summer Institute will feature presentations by scholars, strategies for civic engagement, and hands-on planning in the systems and structures necessary for full implementation of a robust history and social science program. Participants will leave with the tools and experience necessary to move civic education into the 21st century by implementing an empowering and effective civic engagement curriculum in their schools.

Institute participants will:

  • Analyze and apply the framework: 8th grade civics and across grades K-12
  • Analyze and apply principles of high quality civic engagement
  • Develop or revise an 8th grade civics course outline
  • Access and apply resources to develop effective civics education curriculum
  • Access and apply resources to develop meaningful assessments
  • Access and choose resources to develop and support effective civic engagement
  • Contribute to district implementation plan and timeline

Click here to download a flyer for the Institute. 


The institute will provide the opportunity to earn 18 no-cost PDPs. Participants may choose instead to earn 1 for-cost graduate credit in History from Westfield State University (at a cost of $125).

Audience and District Approval

Interested districts are invited to send teams of educators to take advantage of the highly collaborative nature of the institute and the importance of developing plans, tools, and resources regarding the implementation of the framework in the 2018-2019 academic year. Following the institute, CES will host a statewide network that will provide support to history and social science educators during the 2018-19 school year. More information about the network will be provided in late spring.

Each district team, (to be identified by the superintendent, not at the school level), must complete an application for all members of the team. 

Most school districts are invited to send teams of two or three. At a minimum, each team must include a curriculum leader and a middle school history-social science teacher. 

Commissioner’s Districts and Gateway Cities are invited to send teams of four. At a minimum, each of these teams must also include a curriculum leader and a middle school history/social science teacher. 

Commissioner's Districts and Gateway Cities

  • Attleboro
  • Barnstable
  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • Chelsea
  • Chicopee
  • Everett
  • Fall River
  • Fitchburg
  • Haverhill
  • Holyoke
  • Lawrence
  • Leominster
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Methuen
  • New Bedford
  • Peabody
  • Pittsfield
  • Quincy
  • Revere
  • Salem
  • Southbridge
  • Springfield
  • Taunton
  • Westfield
  • Worcester
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