About CSP

Contact: maria.simani@ucr.edu
Maria C. Simani, Ph.D. - CSP Executive Director

The California Science Project (CSP) is a statewide support network for teacher professional learning and leadership development.
Our programs align with the California's education priorities adopted by the State Board of Education and the new regulations of the Every Students Succed Act (ESSA) legislation.
The CSP is organized in regional sites housed in science departments of universities and independent colleges throughout California.  View all CSP sites at http://csmp.ucop.edu/csp.

The CSP collaborates with science faculty, educators, schools and districts to provide effective and high quality science instruction, with a special focus on the needs of English learners, students in poverty, and students with low literacy.

The CSP is part of the larger infrastructure of discipline-specific networks known as the California Subject Matter Project administered by the University of California, Office of the President. 
View all CSMP at http://csmp.ucop.edu.

Recent CSP Awards:
  • 2016 Distinguished Contributions Award by the California Science Teacher Association for our “sustained and significant impact to science education in the state and for our work which, through years of leadership and service, has truly made a positive impact on the quality of science teaching and learning”.
  • 2017 Model of Academic Excellence and Innovation Award by the Riverside County Office of Education for our NGSS implementation partnership with Jurupa Unified School District

CSP is a member of the California Environmental Literacy Steering Committee.



All effective teachers teach what they know.
An ever-developing profound understanding of science is an essential element of effective teaching that enables student learning.  





All teachers are teachers of language.
Developing strategies, skills, and assessments integrating the development of language in teaching science is essential for the learning of English learners.

All teachers model the discourse of science.  
Developing strategies, skills and assessments to make science texts and communication about science more accessible for all students.