Welcome to the 3rd Annual Massachusetts Civic Learning Week (March 6-10, 2023)!

Civic Learning Week 2023 seeks to highlight the importance of civic education in sustaining and strengthening constitutional democracy in the United States.

By highlighting the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions that provide the foundation for an informed and engaged populace, Civic Learning Week seeks to further energize the movement for renewed civic education across Massachusetts and the nation.

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Wednesday, March 8 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Supporting Civics and Inquiry with the Investigating History Curriculum

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This event is organized by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

How do we provide all students with a history education that is culturally responsive, civically engaged, and inquiry-based? For the past two years, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been developing and piloting a comprehensive middle school curriculum, called Investigating History, intended to achieve this goal; it will be released as a free resource beginning in Summer 2023. In this session, we will preview how the Investigating History materials have been designed to build students’ civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions while engaging them with multiple voices and perspectives from the past and present. We will share initial trends about where teachers have seen successes and challenges with the curriculum and what we’ve learned about how to help teachers make these types of pedagogical shifts. We will also be joined by teachers who have used Investigating History in their classrooms to speak firsthand about their and their students’ experiences with the curriculum.

Please note that an additional registration step is required for this event. Please register for this event here to receive the Zoom meeting details.


Colleen Trager

Central Berkshire Regional School District

Chris LaBrache

Newton Public Schools

Wednesday March 8, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST