The California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) is a statewide network of subject-specific professional development programs for teachers. The University of California (UC), Office of the President, administers CSMP. CSMP sites, typically located on UC, California State University (CSU), and independent university and college campuses. These are collaborative programs of regional schools and universities, bringing together K-12, college, and university faculty in a variety of institutes and yearlong programs. CSMP participants engage in study and practice of the disciplines and explore effective approaches to teaching, all within a climate that supports reflection and critique. Participation in the CSMP is designed to foster the development, over time, of teachers’ capability for leadership within schools and within a larger educational arena.
This website is intended to introduce the nine Projects to teachers, school administrators, parents, and others interested in the professional growth of teachers and improved student learning. It is also intended to extend the CSMP community onto an online venue for innovation, collaboration, discussion, and to create a sense of belonging with a long-term perspective on teacher knowledge and leadership and the school-wide change they can generate.
The CSMP has several design features that distinguish it from nearly all other staff development programs for teachers.
CSMP values the leadership of California’s strong, committed teachers and views teacher leadership as necessary for the improvement of education. Teacher leadership must represent the diversity of teachers, students, and schools. CSMP emphasize curriculum and instruction that builds upon all students’ experiences and prior learning, and that enable teachers to work effectively with students whose cultural and linguistic heritage often differs from their own.