The California Subject Matter Project was launched as a network of nine projects authorized by California statute in 1988. It was reauthorized in 2011 by Senate Bill 612, again demonstrating legislative investment in enhancing teachers’ content knowledge and instructional strategies, and providing them opportunities for subject-specific collaboration, learning, and research.
CSMP is administered by the University of California, Office of the President in concurrence with the California Department of Education, State Board of Education, California State University, California Community Colleges, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, Governor’s Office, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the Instructional Quality Commission. Each project has a statewide office, regional sites, and an advisory board comprised of representatives from these organizations.
CSMP receives financial support from state and federal funds to help the state meet teacher quality goals and assist its K-12 partners with whole-school change efforts in low-performing schools. For further support, projects and sites apply for and receive grants from foundations, private industry, and other state and federal sources.