The California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) is a network of nine discipline-based projects that provide rigorous professional development, designed by K–12 and university educators, to enhance learning for all students. Through nearly 90 regional sites statewide, CSMP creates communities of practice that promote high-quality teaching, leadership and educational equity. CSMP gives educators a variety of professional learning opportunities designed by teachers and university faculty — including workshops, leadership institutes and in-service programs. Through the project’s research-based approach, participants improve and enrich their teaching of specific subjects.

With a network comprising the nine projects listed below, CSMP encompasses the course content represented in California’s K–12 standards and frameworks, and covers all of the academic disciplines required to meet college entrance (“a-g”) requirements.

  • The California Arts Project
  • California History-Social Science Project
  • California International Studies Project
  • California Mathematics Project
  • California Physical Education-Health Project
  • California Reading & Literature Project
  • California Science Project
  • California World Language Project
  • California Writing Project

Of the many professional development opportunities available to California teachers, few are as well-regarded and enduring as CSMP’s portfolio of programs. The project differs from other educator professional development providers in its unique, long-standing model, which includes the following hallmarks:

  • Programs join subject-specific content with innovative pedagogy.
  • School-university partnerships, including collaboration between K–12 teachers and university faculty, are collegial in nature, honoring teacher knowledge.
  • Cultivation of and emphasis on teacher leadership.
  • After completing a program, teachers are offered ongoing education resources and support through professional communities.

These core elements have remained consistent in spite of budget cuts and the growing needs of the districts, schools and teachers CSMP serves.

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