Teacher Professional Development: Continuing Commitment to Teacher Quality

California Subject Matter Projects

A dynamic example of interagency cooperation, the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) supports 98 professional development sites on CSU, UC, and independent university campuses throughout California. Representing the full spectrum of content taught in K-12 public schools, the CSMP is a university-K-12 collaborative network that has demonstrated its effectiveness in providing professional learning focused on increasing student achievement by raising the level of each teacher's content and specific pedagogical knowledge, providing ongoing teacher leadership development, and building teacher learning communities within nine discipline-based networks and across K-12 schools.

University and teacher researchers are involved in activities that support the growth of teacher expertise and implementation of practices to improve content-based strategies for teaching. Ideas focus on infusing practices that support English Learners and develop academic literacy in each subject area. CSMP served approximately 35,000 teachers and 5,000 administrators and other educators last year, with 54 percent of the participants coming from California's lowest performing schools. Currently, 57 CSMP sites are supported by CSU faculty and staff on 22 campuses. Subject areas include reading, literature, writing, the arts, mathematics, science, history-social science, international studies, physical education and health, and foreign language.