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Our Mission

We seek to improve student learning and literacy by providing comprehensive professional learning for educators, through building educational leadership and by creating and maintaining collaborative networks of K–12 educators and university faculty.

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CSMP in Practice

Professional learning in communities of practice  The CSMP model supports K–12 educators by cultivating strong classroom and leadership skills, providing discipline-based professional learning networks and maintaining long-term collaborations with university faculty. We recruit, apprentice and support teacher-leaders through partnerships with local schools and districts. Each year, 25,000 educators from more than 1,200 school districts take part in CSMP programs.

State educational policy  We served as the primary writers of California Curriculum Frameworks for history-social science (2016), the arts (2020), science (2016) and world languages (2020).

Informed by the latest research  CSMP participants engage with esteemed scholars who are active in education and academic fields, sharing the most up-to-date information, practice and research.

Focused on educational equity  CSMP gives priority to improving educational equity for students and teachers in the greatest need. Students of English need access to challenging content — in all subject areas. CSMP programs guide teachers in pinpointing the linguistic demands of a particular subject and the most effective way to communicate about that discipline.

Recent Accomplishments

  • CSMP helped lead the UC-CSU Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Project and Summit to advance the teaching of climate change and environmental issues for more than 200 educators in December 2019.
  • The California History-Social Science Project hosted 13 Framework conferences for more than 4,000 educators across California from 2017–20, in partnership with the California Global Education Project, the California Department of Education and select county offices of education.
  • Since 2015, the California Science Project has hosted California Next Generation Science Standards’ implementation rollout events, reaching more than 15,000 educators across the state, in partnership with the California Science Teacher Association, WestEd/K–12 Alliance, California Department of Education and select county offices of education.
  • Since 2016, the California Physical Education-Health Project has welcomed new teachers to the field with its New Teacher Academy — designed to equip new physical education teachers with insights, perspectives, skills and knowledge they’ll need in their first year of teaching.
  • The California Global Education Project developed a global competence framework for K–12 educators. The project guides teachers in addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through interdisciplinary studies.

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