history & social science


department description

The History and Social Science Department promotes rigorous, culturally sustaining, anti-racist curriculum and instruction designed to deepen students’ analytical and literacy skills, to cultivate historical curiosity, and to promote informed civic engagement.

The Department creates and implements the district’s history and social science curriculum, facilitates professional learning, and provides tools and strategies to support the continuous improvement of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. The Department works with a range of local partners, including the Democratic Knowledge Project, Primary Source, and Facing History and Ourselves.

Strategic Goals

  • Ensure that all 8th graders and all high school students engage in a high quality student-led civic engagement project, and that all 8th graders are prepared for the upcoming MCAS in civics.
  • Provide a high-quality history, civics and social science education for all CPS students, with a focus on improvement in writing skills.
  • Ensure that the Instructional Framework is deployed consistently and equitably throughout the district, with special attention to the implementation in the History and Social Studies Department.


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